Electronic Travel Authorization

Visas are out | ETA is in – Kenya’s new Electronic Travel Authority explained

Explore Kenya with Ease: Your Guide to the New Electronic Travel Authority (ETA)

We’re excited to share that Kenya’s journey into digital travel facilitation has taken a leap forward with the launch of the Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) online platform. Visit www.etakenya.go.ke to experience this seamless new system, effective from 4th January 2024. This applies to all international travelers, including our youngest adventurers, with the exception of Kenyan citizens and East African Community (EAC) partner states residents.

Your ETA Application Checklist:

  • Passport Validity: Ensure your passport is valid for at least six months beyond your planned arrival date in Kenya and has one blank page.
  • Photographic Identification: A recent passport-style photo or a clear selfie.
  • Contact Essentials: Your email address and phone number.
  • Travel Itinerary: Details of your arrival, departure, and where you’ll be staying in Kenya.
  • Payment Method: A credit card, debit card, or Apple Pay ready to cover the $34.09 per person fee.

 Additional Requirements for Certain Travelers:

  • Yellow Fever Certificate: Necessary if you’re arriving from a Yellow Fever-endemic country.
  • Additional Vaccinations: Based on your travel history or country of residence.

Application Timeline: You can apply for your ETA up to 3 months before your planned arrival in Kenya.

What Happens After You Apply? Once you’ve submitted your application, look out for an email notification. Upon approval, you’ll receive an ETA receipt with a reference number, which you can use to check your application status on the ETA website.

Processing Time: It typically takes 3 working days to process your ETA.

Please Note: This new ETA system replaces previous visa entry requirements in Kenya. However, if you’ve already applied for an e-visa, don’t worry – it will still be honored within its 90-day validity period.

Application Steps for Your Convenience:

  1. Upload the information page of your passport.
  2. Capture a selfie using your webcam.
  3. Fill in your contact details.
  4. Provide your arrival, departure, and accommodation details in Kenya.
  5. Complete the general information section.
  6. Make a customs declaration.
  7. Complete the health declaration.
  8. Provide your travel insurance information.
  9. Upload your accommodation booking confirmation and flight ticket/confirmation.
  10. Add any additional documents if required.
  11. Agree to the terms and conditions.

Total Cost: The standard processing fee is $32.50, plus a bank fee of $1.59, totaling $34.09.

Remember, Kenya is waiting for you with open arms and a heart full of adventure. If you have any questions or need assistance, we are always here to help make your African safari dream a reality!