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#41 Tom Kellie

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Posted 31 August 2015 - 06:58 PM

But @Tom Kellie - didn't you have to try 3 different credit cards before finding one (a debit card) the eVisa website would accept? 

 

That seems like a real problem.

 

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Yes, I did use more than one before finding one which worked.

 

In my case it was because banks in the country where I live typically block outflow of cash to “foreign” entities.

 

By trying several cards, one was found which didn't block.

 

Those of us who live here experience this same problem with nearly all “foreign” sites, thus Kenya's eVisa wasn't any different than anywhere else.

 

BTW: The credit cards weren't mine, but rather belonged to former students who kindly offered to assist.

 

It was the most minor of matters, with only brief inconvenience.

 

I'm sorry if others in other countries are experiencing frustration for other reasons.

 

As for me, the Kenya eVisa worked out very well.

 

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Posted 31 August 2015 - 07:04 PM

Ah so - sorry for misunderstanding the particulars of your online credit card complications @Tom Kellie.


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Posted 01 September 2015 - 12:20 AM

Ah so - sorry for misunderstanding the particulars of your online credit card complications @Tom Kellie.

 

~ @offshorebirder

 

No problem!

 

The odd complexities where I live entail ordinary residents and “foreigners” like myself needing access to multiple credit cards for any “foreign” purchase, in hopes of finding one that isn't blocked.

 

I greatly appreciate your professional expertise about the ins and outs of credit card security, as it's a major concern.

 

If others are having difficulties with obtaining a Kenyan eVisa, that's a concern for both Kenya visitors and tour operators.

 

I'm glad that early next year you'll be enjoying Kenyan hospitality when not out in the field compiling an extensive Kenya bird list!

 

Tom K.


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Posted 02 September 2015 - 08:25 PM

Looks like the Kenyan government "blinked" and reconsidered the September 1 deadline for visitors to have an eVisa:

 

http://www.eturbonew...ts-without-visa


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Posted 03 September 2015 - 12:39 AM

Looks like the Kenyan government "blinked" and reconsidered the September 1 deadline for visitors to have an eVisa:

 

http://www.eturbonew...ts-without-visa

 

~ @offshorebirder

 

Ooh! Your sharp-eyed to spot this article. No wonder you're such a skilled birder.

 

What to make of this latest change? Will it become a permanent two-track system — visa-upon-entry and eVisa?

 

Will one or the other be gradually phased out?

 

For me, both are fine. If others find the eVisa system to be cumbersome, inefficient or insecure, then bureaucratic reconsideration might be in order.

 

The article notes that tourism businesses are urging retention of the visa-upon-arrival so as to maintain low barriers for visitors to Kenya.

 

Thank you for spotting and posting the article.

 

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Posted 04 September 2015 - 07:53 PM

The site currently has security certificate issues.  This doesn't mean there are security issues, but it is a new issue this week.

For those that have started the process but not yet finished, you can avoid the security certificate issue and access the site by using the link provided in your signup email.  While you'll get a message that you've already verified your account, you won't get a security notice.  You'll be in and have access to the complete dashboard.  

Good news they have continued dual options, online or onsite.  While using the system was relatively easy I can see how it could be challenging or frustrating for some, especially if they didn't get the notice from their airline in a timely fashion.


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Posted 09 September 2015 - 02:27 PM

http://www.nation.co...mz/-/index.html

 

~ Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta is visiting Milan, Italy. He announced today that he has ordered manual visas to continue to be offered alongside eVisas.

 

He stated that there have been a number of challenges during the implementation of the eVisa system. He wants to accommodate last-minute visitors to Kenya who wouldn't have had adequate time to go through the eVisa process.

 

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Posted 13 September 2015 - 08:23 AM

This I'm sure will encourage last minute trips making use of any specials offered by operators.


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Posted 12 October 2015 - 03:12 AM

Having purchased  my airfares recently I went to see a friend with better computer download skills to do my visa application

 

the card payment problem went through without a problem

 

 

then  finalise visa was pressed , that spinning circle was timed out

 

we sat around and entered  my address details on my account details page

 

went  back and checked  my account page and the visa was issued within 20 minutes  of the finalized form being submitted

 

I printed out the whole thins several pages of it , issued on page 1, travel dates p 4

 

things are working better than before


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Posted 12 October 2015 - 06:49 AM

I went back to the site and found out how to print  out a 1 page visa

 

1 register for the site ,enter and submit your visa application

 

2 go to dashboard

 

3 go to immigration

 

4 then my applications

 

5 click on the applications

 

6 if the visa has been issued click on the application number

 

7 you will find a blue box at the top , click on this

 

8 click on the print symbol at the right top hand corner , this opens a PDF file , print it  


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Posted 12 October 2015 - 09:28 AM

Thank you @COSMIC RHINO this is very helpful and well timed as I need to apply for visas soon!



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Posted 12 October 2015 - 11:31 AM

@CR - Friendly tip -  You might want to check the validity of the evisa thing ...... I'm afraid, it might only be valid for 90 days - 


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Posted 12 October 2015 - 12:07 PM

As of now those applying for old-style visas on arrival are generally quicker through immigration than those having an e-visa, simply because most non-African visitors seem to have e-visas - in fact most people we talked to were not even aware e-visas were no longer required. Subject to change, no doubt, but through to the end of the year I personally wouldn't  bother, unless you enjoy that sort of thing.


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Posted 13 October 2015 - 12:43 AM

the visa  has a date of issue and the planned date of arrival recorded on it

 

it has a number of notes

 

no employment allowed

 

it is valid for 3 months prior to your travel date

 

once you get to your arrival point the immigration officer can issue a stay period of up to 90 days, this can be extended for another 90 days at immigration HQ

 

the maximum stay period allowed  is 6 months


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Posted 15 October 2015 - 02:23 PM

 

attachicon.gifeVisa.jpg

 

~ As @bettel kindly noted, the eVisa for Single Entry is rapid.

 

There was no e-mail sent to me. Rather, I logged into my eCitizen account to check the status.

 

I saw that it had changed to ‘Issue’, so I clicked on a large rectangular button in the upper righthand corner labeled as ‘See Issue’.

 

The issued eVisa then appeared on the screen. At the lower righthand corner of the eVisa is a small button for ‘print’. Clicking that button produces a .pdf file on the screen, ready for printing.

 

For security reasons I've edited out several items.

 

Mission accomplished!

 

Two weeks from tonight I'll board an aircraft bound for Doha, Qatar then on to Nairobi, Kenya with the printed eVisa in hand.

 

Happy travels to @bettel and @pault and all other Safaritalk members who will visit Kenya within the coming months!

 

Tom K.

 

Hi I just got my evisa I was waiting for a email from them but it never happened.  I printed my evisa out. I was wondering is your picture suppose to be on the form? Did yours have your picture on it when you printed it out?



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Posted 21 October 2015 - 08:46 PM

Hi I just got my evisa I was waiting for a email from them but it never happened.  I printed my evisa out. I was wondering is your picture suppose to be on the form? Did yours have your picture on it when you printed it out?

 

~ @campbellll

 

No, there was no photo on it.

 

I printed it out, as you did, however there was no photo on it.

 

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Posted 13 November 2015 - 05:36 AM

The  charge appears on credit card  statement  as Kcbk Nairobi  USD 52.53

 

I phoned up my bank as this was not at all obvious as to what it was


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Posted 13 November 2015 - 02:13 PM

As of now those applying for old-style visas on arrival are generally quicker through immigration than those having an e-visa, simply because most non-African visitors seem to have e-visas - in fact most people we talked to were not even aware e-visas were no longer required. Subject to change, no doubt, but through to the end of the year I personally wouldn't  bother, unless you enjoy that sort of thing.

 

@pault - do you think I can still get my Visa on arrival on January 7?   


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Posted 16 November 2015 - 08:32 AM

Of course it is impossible to be 100% certain but I have been advised by Gamewatchers Safaris that the 'visa on arrival' service will be available for the foreseeable future; and I was enquiring about clients arriving in June 2016.

 

But that just means is that it will be available 'until the Kenyan government decide to end it'


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Posted 17 November 2015 - 11:12 AM

Of course it is impossible to be 100% certain but I have been advised by Gamewatchers Safaris that the 'visa on arrival' service will be available for the foreseeable future; and I was enquiring about clients arriving in June 2016.

 

But that just means is that it will be available 'until the Kenyan government decide to end it'

 

~ @Soukous

 

Thank you for the much-needed update.

 

It's been vexing to find a definitive statement about the “visa on arrival” option.

 

My last Kenya safari, in July, was with an eVisa. However, since then a number of questions have arisen.

 

Obtaining an eVisa isn't convenient for all.

 

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