Multiple Entry Visas For Kenya ?

Old Jun 16th, 2007, 07:34 PM
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How about this scenario -
We'll be flying into NBO, then transiting directly to SEZ (Seychelles) w/out leaving the airport. After we come back to NBO from SEZ, we'll leave the airport and spend 6 nights in Kenya. So, what visa(s) will I need for this trip? Will I need a visa for the first leg of the trip (stopping in NBO on the way to Seychelles)? If so, perhaps I'll try to purchase the $50 and hopefully those will cover me for the return trip, when we're actually going to spend time in Kenya.
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Old Jun 17th, 2007, 03:55 AM
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Bostonbali -

If arriving NBO and remaining in transit area of airport before flying to SEZ, no Visa is required for Kenya. Then when returning from SEZ for your 6/day stay in NBO, you will have to obtain a Single Entry Visa ($50) for this portion of your strip.

If arriving/departing NBO and going to Tanzania between, you only require a Single entry Kenyan visa (Multiple not needed), as long as the return from TNZ is within the time Kenyan Visa is in effect... believe it's 6/months.

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Old Jun 17th, 2007, 06:40 AM
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Sandi -
Thanks, make sense. I appreciate your help!
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Old Jul 11th, 2007, 06:03 AM
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OK, I'm facing this same issue now. Do I get a single or multiple entry visa for Kenya? I arrive Nairobi, overnight there, go to Tanzania for a week, then Rwanda for three days, then back to Nairobi for a day before flying home.

By reading this post, I think I learned that I previously would have needed a multiple entry visa to come back into Kenya from Rwanda, but as of the first of this month Rwanda should have joined the East African Community (EAC) and thus a single entry visa for Kenya is all that is needed.

Does anyone know if Rwanda did in fact join the EAC and if now I can get by with a single entry visa for Kenya? I want to get my Tanzanian and Kenyan visas before I leave to make things easier for my family when we get there.
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Old Jul 11th, 2007, 06:23 AM
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sevendown -

Can't answer whether Rwanda is now included along with Tanzania and Uganda.

Regardless, you only need a single entry visa for Kenya @ $50/person. This will allow you to enter Kenya day/night of arrival, next day head to Tanzania, then to Rwanda and finally back to Kenya for your homebound flight. In fact on return from Rwanda, if not leaving the airport you'd be in the transit lounge so no visa actually required.

You never did require a multiple entry visa (these are more for business people, not tourists visiting for short period of time). The single entry Kenya visa is all you need.
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Old Jul 11th, 2007, 07:12 AM
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We had no problems going from Nairobi to Tanzania, then back to Nairobi on a single entry visa. You just need to make sure that the Kenya visa covers the entire period. We opted to get our visas for Kenya and Tanzania at the airports and did so without any problems. My sister and I were 2nd and 3rd in line at Nairobi. It was quick and we didn't need to stand in the Immigration line afterwards. We had filled out the visa form prior to leaving the States, but were given the same form on the plane into NBO. We did the same for Tanzania, although we weren't given the visa forms by Precision Air, but we had already filled them out in advance. Again, it was quick and we didn't need to stand in the Immigration line at JRO.
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Old Jul 11th, 2007, 12:50 PM
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OK, it makes sense as sandi says to get a single entry visa. We will be visiting Nairobi for 10 hours and thus entering the country (Kenya) when we return from Rwanda, so we will not be in the NBO transit lounge for 10 hours. If it turns out we need another visa upon returning from Rwanda, we can buy it at that point. But it sounds like it will not be necessary, so why pay for it before we need it.

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Old Jul 11th, 2007, 01:19 PM
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I suggest explaining your situation to the immigration official on arrival and ask what you need. It's really easy to get your visa on arrival and they process your immigration at the same time. Those that already have visas use a different line. As you'll be in business class, you'll be one of the first at the visa counter. We've taken the KL flight 3 times and never waited more than 5 minutes (we're usually first in line). Just print out the application form from the embassy website and fill it out on the plane. Since your 2 Kenya entries are only for an overnight and 10 hours, you could also get 2 transit visas at $20 each.
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Old Jul 11th, 2007, 03:42 PM
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Thanks Patty. I have just always gotten my visas in advance for Kenya (twice) and Tanzania (twice) (and for other countries requiring them for that matter) so I am not familiar with getting them on the spot.

It really does reveal what a money-making thing it is. I thought visas were issued in advance by the embassy here so that the country could at least do some minimal investigation to make sure you are not on some black list and shouldn't be allowed in the country. If you can do everything right there, there can't be a whole lot of investigation. But the money still gets paid!!
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Old Sep 25th, 2007, 12:48 PM
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We are leaving for Kenya - Rwanda-Tanzania-Kenya October 1st return October 20th. What Visas will we need?
Thanks for your help.
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Old Oct 2nd, 2007, 07:28 PM
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I just emailed the embassy with the same question...Ill arrive in kenya for an overnight, then on to rwanda, then back kenya for about a week, then tanzania for two weeks and finally back to kenya to catch my flight home. This was their response:

"We acknowledge receipt of your email. From your explanation you would need both single and transit visa. Please call the Consulate on 323 939 2408 for further clarification."

Hope this is helpful to some of you!

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Old Oct 3rd, 2007, 05:24 AM
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jen -

When you arrive Kenya, get a regular $50 visa and this will be good on our return from Rwanda, while in Kenya and returning from Tanzania. A single entry visa. Yes, you'll be going back and forth, but the multiple entry visa is basically for business persons (also at a higher rate)

There's really no reason for a Transit Visa. The Regular single entry tourist visa is good for 3 (or 6) /months.

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Old Oct 3rd, 2007, 07:02 AM
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Sandi,
Have you had clients who successfully re-entered Kenya from Rwanda on the same previously purchased single entry Kenya visa? Earlier posts in this thread indicated that a new visa was required when re-entering Kenya from Rwanda but that a possible change was coming in July 2007. I knew you could always cross back and forth between Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda on the single entry visa but it seemed like Rwanda wasn't included in this (maybe it is now).

jenbertoni,
Could you update us on what was necessary when you get back? Thanks!
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Old Oct 3rd, 2007, 07:39 AM
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Of course I will Patty...although I'm not going until February. Hopefully someone else who has a similar itinerary might be able to confirm before then, but if not I will surely post the final outcome!
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Old Oct 3rd, 2007, 07:39 AM
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Patty -

Thanks for catching that. My Rwanda paxs usually come in directly from KGL to TNZ, few pass thru NBO. Those who do transit thru NBO are on their homebound flights so remain in secure area.

Sorry, jen -

then, yes, the Transit visa @ $20; then on arrival back at NBO, the regular visa @ $50.
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Old Oct 7th, 2007, 10:05 PM
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Why is this so complicated?
Flying into Dar Es Saalam (Tz) then flying to Nairobi. Safari from Kenya into Tanzania and back into Kenya.
Double Entry or single entry for each country? Get ahead time or on arrival, particularly for Tanzania?
Any proofs of vaccinations required?
Thanks for the help!
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Old Oct 8th, 2007, 06:29 AM
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Hello All,
Since I started this post months ago,and have since just returned from East Africa (trip report soon),I felt compelled to respond.For all of you from Canada or the US at least,please heed Sandi's advice and I repeat-Do not pre-purchase your visas for Kenya or Tanzania-get them when you arrive!Like us if you are travelling in and out of Kenya,get a single-entry visa for 50.00US upon arrival-tell them it is for the entire length of your stay.Each time you exit Kenya they will stamp your passport-no problem.When you re-enter go to the non-E Africa immigration line-not the visa line-show them your single entry visa,and they will let you in.This is how it worked for us in Kenya.For Tanzania,if you are from Canada,fee is still 50.00US.If from US,fee is now 100.00-not sure why they did this,but the day it changed,a fellow from the states got charged the 100.00,and we right behind from Canada,still 50.00-go figure!We only entered and exited Tanzania once,so can't comment on any multiple tourist entry for that country.Hope this helps!
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Old Oct 8th, 2007, 06:55 AM
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USCfemme,
You only need a single entry visa for each country. I'd get them on arrival. I've never been asked for proof of vaccinations. Remember if you're a US citizen, the Tanzania visa is now $100. Kenya is still $50.
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Old Oct 8th, 2007, 09:28 AM
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Tanzania raised their visa cost for US visitors to their country, because the US raised the visa cost for Tanzanian visitors to the USA. What goes around comes around.

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