The below provides a high level summary of immigration requirements for Kenya. Whether a traveler may enter as a business visitor or requires a work permit depends on the traveler's nationality, duration of stay and activities in the country.

Allowable Activities

  • Attending business meetings and discussions
  • Observing operations of a Kenyan affiliate or client
  • Attending a conference, seminar or training as a participant or conducting short trainings. Participant cannot be paid or compensated to attend.

Basic Requirements

To be considered a business visitor, the foreign national must show:

  • That the purpose of the visit is limited, specific and determined prior to applying
  • That he/she will not be remunerated for work by any Kenyan sources
  • Proof of hotel reservation and airline reservation/itinerary

Maximum Period Stay

A business visitor is typically admitted for any period between one day and 180 days. The maximum cumulative stay as a business visitor is 180 days in a 12-month period (counted from the start date of the visa).

Work Permit Types

The two main work permit categories in Kenya are the Entry/Work Permit Class D and the Special Pass. Note that the Kenyan government will generally not issue work permits to foreign nationals for positions that can be filled by local workers. 

Maximum Period Stay

Depending on the work permit, the maximum period of stay can range from 180 days to five years.