The OpenMRS and Helina conference will be held in Nairobi, Kenya from 3rd December to 8th December 2018.

As an attendee to these conference and not residing in Kenya during those dates, kindly consider the following visa information to guide your travelling plans to the host country.


All Visitors are required to have the following on entry:

  1. Valid travel document & passport not less than six months.
  2. At least two blank pages in the holders passport.
  3. Proof of yellow fever immunization
  4. Return ticket.
  5. Visa


Kenyan Immigration has instituted a strict visa policy strongly encouraging all visitors are to obtain visas by using an online system.

You’ll be required to :-

  1. Possess a valid national passport.
  2. Create an account – A single account is all you need for all your future eVisa applications.
  3. Apply and pay – Fill the application form and pay securely using visa or mastercard
  4. Download – Download the evisa PDF from your eVisa visitor account.


You need to:

  1. Click register on
  2. Select Register as a Visitor.
  3. Once Logged in, Select Department of Immigration services.
  4. Select submit Application.
  5. Select Kenyan Visa.
  6. Select the type of Visa and read the Instructions Carefully.
  7. Fill in the application form.
  8. Pay Using visa card, Mastercard and other debit cards.
  9. Await approval via email, then download and print the eVisa from your eCitizen account.
  10. Present your printed eVisa to the immigration officer at the port of entry.

What’s an eVisa in Kenya?

It is an electronic visa linked to the visitor’s passport and immediately allows its holder to visit Kenya for up to 90 consecutive days for tourist or business purposes. Citizens from eligible countries are expected to have successfully processed and received an online eVisa prior their arrival to Kenya. This was implemented by the Government of Kenya in September 2015.

Please Note: Any Visitor from any country of the world that is travelling to Kenya is required to hold a valid Online eVisa Kenya (eVISA)

With an eVisa an applicant be able to get a visa at the port of entry on arrival.

Visas acquired at Kenyan Embassies and High Commissions are also valid and will be honored at the port of entry.



  • Ordinary / Single Journey Visa: USD 51.
    • Issued for single entry to persons whose nationalities require visa to enter Kenya either for business, tourism or medical reasons.
    • For more information on validity, renewal terms and requirements, read
  • Multiple Journey Visa: USD 100.
    • Granted for several trips to Kenya. It is especially suitable for those who wish to travel several times in the country over a short period of time or for tourists who wish to make excursions to neighboring countries before returning to Kenya.
  • Transit Visa: USD 21 – (Issued ONLY at any point of Entry to Kenya)
    • Issued to persons connecting through Kenya to other destinations for a period not exceeding 72 hours. Those connecting flights directly without leaving the airport dont need to apply for Transit visas.
    • For more information on validity, renewal terms and requirements, read
  • Courtesy visa : USD 0
    • This is a visa issued to Diplomatic, Official and Service passport holders coming into the country on official duties, or transiting through Kenya to a third country for official business or duties. It is issued free of charge/ gratis.
    • For more information on validity, renewal terms and requirements, read
  • East Africa Tourist Visa: USD 101. (Single Journey – Multiple entries between #3 Partner States)

*Partner states include: Uganda, Tanzania and Rwanda.

  • Administrative non-refundable Fee for Referred Visa: USD 10
  • Work visa and other types of visa.
    • These are specific residence permits that require additional formalities. Please contact the nearest Embassy of Kenya for more information.


  • All evisa applications attract a 1 USD service charge and card handling fee will be surcharged.
  • The above quoted fees are subject to change.
  • Diplomatic, Official, Service and Courtesy visas will continue to be issued Gratis.
  • No exemption from visa payment on grounds of age for all persons who require visa to enter Kenya.
  • For the purpose of attending these conferences, a single entry visa will be required.


Transit Visa Requirements

  1. You require an onward Ticket to apply for a Transit Visa

Entry Requirements (On Arrival)

  1. Passport Valid for at least Six Months
  2. eVisa Printout from
  3. Travel itinerary
  4. Supporting letter e.g. letter from company or Invitation letter for business visits/family visits. or
  5. Hotel bookings/details about places to visit if going as tourist.


Kindly contact to acquire a conference invitation letter for visa processing.


To confirm if you are eligible for the eVisa kindly confirm via the eVisa portal:


Citizens of the following countries(Also known as category three countries) require a visa that cannot be obtained online or on arrival at the airport but instead this must be done in advance through a Kenyan Embassy:

  • Afghanistan
  • Armenia
  • Azerbaijan
  • Cameroon
  • Democratic People’s Republic of Korea / North Korea
  • Eritrea
  • Iraq
  • Kosovo
  • Lebanon
  • Libya
  • Mali
  • Palestine
  • Senegal
  • Somalia
  • Syria
  • Yemen

Immigration Services Contacts

In case of doubt kindly reference the frequently asked question section on and/or contact the kenyan consulate / embassy in your respective countries for more details before travel.

Address for Communication

All inquiries, where necessary, shall be made to:

The Director of Immigration Services, Nyayo House.

  1. O. Box 30191 00100, NAIROBI.

Telephone: +25420 222 2022.

Telegraphic address: “PRINCIM” Nairobi.

Telex: 25396 PRINCIM.

Fax: +254202220731.

Email: ,



If traveling with prescription medication, check with the Government of Kenya to ensure that the medication is legal in Kenya. Always carry your prescription medication in original packaging with your doctor’s prescription.

The Government of Kenya requires proof of yellow fever vaccination for travelers who are arriving from a country with risk of yellow fever.

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