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#1 Soukous

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Posted 26 June 2015 - 09:51 AM

Please excuse me if this has already been posted, but if it has I  could not find the thread

 

From 01 July 2015 onwards, it will no longer be possible to obtain a visa on arrival in Kenya; all applications must be made online.

as per this post from the Kenya High Commission in Australia

 

INTRODUCTION OF EVISA-SERVICES

The Kenya High Commission wishes to inform that as from 1st June 2015, all visa applications to Kenya will be made online via

www.ecitizen.go.ke.

Manual application will not be accepted. Applicants are advised to submit their applications and obtain approval before travelling. The procedure is as listed below.

REGISTRATION PROCEDURE FOR VISITORS
1. Go to www.ecitizen.go.ke click on register button.
2. Register as a visitor.
3. Complete the registration.
4. Once registered and logged in click on department of Immigration
5. Then submit an application
6. Click on the Kenyan visa.
7. Click on the Visa application form and requirements.
8. Fill in the application form and pay online.

NOTE: If the application is successful an approval letter that contains a reference number will be generated. The visitor will print that letter and present it to immigration officers at the port of entry.

STATUS OF COMPLETION
The application form caters for;
1. Single entry visa.
2. Referral Visa.
3. Multiple Entry Visa.
4. Transit Visa.

 


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Posted 26 June 2015 - 10:30 AM

Thank you @Soukous

 

I wonder if this change in part is being implemented so that border agents aren't handling cash.



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Posted 26 June 2015 - 11:14 AM

The application system is still saying coming soon. Thanks though for the information and I will be keeping an eye on it as well for my clients in the future.


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Posted 26 June 2015 - 11:31 AM

@Soukous

Thank you for posting that



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Posted 26 June 2015 - 12:26 PM

It seems the eVisa is not yet ready for global roll-out.  Although the eVisa service is being promoted by the Kenya High Commission in Australia and Turkey, there is no mention of it on the website of the Kenya HC in London.


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Posted 26 June 2015 - 02:38 PM

In amazingly timely fashion, I received this by email today from one of our local ground handlers in Kenya

 

Jambo All,

 

Acquiring a visa to enter Kenya will now be as easy as pie!

 

With the new online system that will become effective from 1st July, 2015 there will no longer be any need to visit nor send documents to a Kenyan Embassy, High Commission or Consulate as has been the case previously but, instead, all one needs to do is to follow a few simple steps as explained below and print your electronic visa….

YOU ARE NOW READY TO TRAVEL TO KENYA!

 

KARIBUNI KENYA!

 

 

 

His email includes a screenshot of a page from the Daily Nation that I was not able to copy & paste.

but it was a full page joint advert from Department of Immigration Services and Ministry of Interior and Co-ordination of National Government which stated

 

"Nationals who require VISA to enter Kenya can now apply for their eVisa via www.ecitizen.go.ke"

 

I visited the "ecitizen.go.ke" site, which required me to register to start the application process. 

It asked for an ID number, I entered my passport number which it could not recognise. It suggested I try again later. 

 

My first thought was that it is a bit odd to advertise the online service for obtaining a Kenya visa in a daily newspaper that is only published in Kenya. Wouldn't anyone reading the advertisement already be in Kenya and therefore already have a visa?

 

 


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Posted 26 June 2015 - 03:55 PM

@Soukous

 

I guess you are not pleased then. I am flying into Kenya on the 4th, will ask about this and try and give feedback on the system and visa issues for incoming travelers. I am interested as I have incoming throughout the migration so the information will be handy.


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Posted 26 June 2015 - 06:02 PM

~ @Soukous

 

Thank you very much for posting this.

 

Checking the link tonight from my computer in Beijing, nothing seems to work yet.

 

This is vital as I'll arrive on 17 July for a safari with a medical researcher.

 

I really appreciate the heads-up!

 

Tom K.


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Posted 26 June 2015 - 06:06 PM

The application system is still saying coming soon. Thanks though for the information and I will be keeping an eye on it as well for my clients in the future.

 

~ @Ndaro Teddy

 

If you learn more details, verifying the implementation of an online visa system, please let us know.

 

As you're a professional in Mombasa, you might hear details of interest to those of us who travel to Kenya.

 

Asante sana!

 

Tom K.



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Posted 26 June 2015 - 08:20 PM

~ Late this evening I was able to register with Kenya's ecitizen.go link.

 

I filled out the visa application, which is longer and considerably more detailed than the previous version.

 

When I submitted the completed application it erased all that I had entered.

 

I resubmitted. At the payment page it rejected three different valid credit cards, stating “invalid card number” in each case.

 

I'll seek further guidance as to how to accomplish this.

 

Tom K.



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Posted 26 June 2015 - 11:23 PM

Watching this with interest
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Posted 27 June 2015 - 06:15 AM

Watching this with interest

 

~ @twaffle

 

Continuing to submit with various credit cards — my TAs kindly attempted — yet “invalid card number” continues to show.

 

If only I had access to Mi-pesa or other Kenyan payment options.

 

Will try other cards.

 

Tom K.


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Posted 27 June 2015 - 07:29 AM

~ The following were written down when utilizing the Kenya Visa Application Procedure

 

 

 

Steps for Applying for a Kenya Single Entry Visa

 
 
•  Click a red button marked ‘Register’
 
•  Click a button on the lower right where ‘Visitors’ and ‘Creat an Account’ are located
 
•  Click on ‘Visitor Registration’
 
==>  After registering an e-mail will sent with a link to activate the newly established account
 
*****************************************************************************
 
•  After having formally registered as a ‘Visitor’, log-in by pressing a green button after having entered your e-mail address and password
 
•  After a screen is displayed saying ‘Welcome to eCitizen’ click on ‘Get Service Now!’ under the box labeled ‘Department of Immigration Services’
 
•  Click ‘Submit Application’
 
•  Click ‘KENYAN VISA’
 
•  Click ‘1. Application for Single Entry and Transit Visa’
 
==>  At the top ‘Application Form’ and ‘Submit an Application are shown
 
•  Click the orange button on the lower left ‘Apply Now’
 
• Fill out the application form marked ‘1. Application for Single Entry and Transit Visa’
 
==> When finished, the completed application will be displayed, including the personal photo
 
•  In the upper right are three rectangular buttons.
 
•  Click the button marked ‘Make Payment’.
 
******************************************************************************
 
A box with eight options appears — ‘Select Select Your Preferred Payment Channel’
 
•  Change currency from ‘KES’ to ‘USD’
 
•  Enter credit card number, CVV, and Expiry Date
 
•  Submit Payment
 
*****************************************************************************
 
==> If  successful, print the Kenya receipt to show to the Nairobi immigration authorities

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Posted 27 June 2015 - 11:16 AM

I called the KHC London twice this week (most recently yesterday) and they told me that the eVisa announcements are incorrect as it is not yet fully operational, and so if I try to obtain an eVisa online it will not work. They said they didn't know why all the announcements saying the opposite have been issued, but they categorically stated that the announcements are wrong, eVisa is not yet operational and visas can still be obtained on arrival. We arrive on 1st July so hope we can buy VOA as usual.... (Of course, tweeting the Kenya Immigration Dept gave me the opposite answer last week!)


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Posted 27 June 2015 - 11:38 PM

I shudder to think of the computer security surrounding this - especially their payment system!

And this is from someone with a CISSP.

Kenya should allow additional forms of payment for guest Visas if one does it a long time in advance of one's visit.
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Posted 28 June 2015 - 06:22 PM

~ An update concerning the online purchase of a Single Entry Visa for Kenya.

 

After a number of failed attempts using several credit cards from banks in both China and the United States, I wrote an e-mail to Kenya's eCitizen support.

 

They replied — late on a Sunday evening, no less — explaining that payments will be accepted and the system will begin to be operational from 1 July, Nairobi time.

 

As it stands, I'm all ready to proceed, stopped only by the system not yet verifying credit card payments.

 

They've tacked on extra fees, as follows:

 

•  USD $50  —  basic Single Entry Visa fee

 

•  USD $1  — processing fee

 

•  USD $1.275  —  card handling fee

 

•  USD $52.275  —  TOTAL

 

I'll attempt to complete the on-line transaction the day after tomorrow, when it will be 1 July in Nairobi.

 

After my attempt, I'll post the outcome here.

 

Tom K.


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Posted 30 June 2015 - 11:18 AM

It seems that the e-visa is available from 1st July 2015 (at least for UK and Ireland citizens) but compulsory from 1st September 2015

 

http://www.africatra...oduced-in-kenya


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Posted 30 June 2015 - 06:32 PM

It seems that the e-visa is available from 1st July 2015 (at least for UK and Ireland citizens) but compulsory from 1st September 2015

 

http://www.africatra...oduced-in-kenya

 

~ @TonyQ

 

Thank you for this update and link.

 

I'm intend on seeking one tomorrow when the system is supposed to be operational.

 

If it occurs, I'll post the result.

 

I'm relieved to see that there will be a transitional period.

 

A tip of the cap to you for finding this!

 

Tom K.


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Posted 01 July 2015 - 06:05 AM

According to reports, including Kenyan government ones, visitors to Kenya will no longer be able to get a visa on arrival. Instead they must apply on line before they travel, and the process is heralded to take 2 days (most pundits are saying 2 weeks).

 
An excellent article by Wolfgang who is a fabulous travel writer of the region, explains it in more detail.
 
 
Lets see how airlines read these rules, and how many travellers will be affected by these rules. If they work, it would eliminate having to complete forms on arrival, and lengthy queues.


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Posted 01 July 2015 - 10:02 AM

I've merged the two topics, thanks, Matt.


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