Visa/Passport Information – East Africa Region
Please thoroughly review the document requirements for each country you will be visiting at the United States State Department website: www.travel.state.gov.
Be sure your passport is valid for six months after your return date and has sufficient blank pages for each country’s immigration stamps and visas requirements (some countries require at least 3 blank pages; these do not include the “Amendments and Endorsements” pages at the back of US passports).
Note: At times there are backlogs at the U.S. Passport Agency, thus best to allow at least 4 months to get or renew a passport or to get additional pages. If you need your passport sooner, consider hiring an expedite company such as Passport Visas Express.
Getting your visa upon arrival: For countries requiring a visa, getting them upon arrival can be quite easy although lines can be long at times. It is best to have exact change with you and some additional USD in your pocket in case there is an unexpected increase in the cost. If arriving at an airport, quickly proceed to the Immigration counter and try to position yourself as close to the front of the line as possible. And have a good book in hand in case there is a slow moving line! Although you currently aren’t required to provide photos, it’s always a good idea to travel with two extra passport photos.
Yellow Fever Certificate: Most E. Africa countries require proof of Yellow Fever vaccination upon entry. Be sure to ask your doctor/travel clinic to provide you with an “International Certificate of Vaccination” and carry this with you. If proof of vaccination is required and you do not carry it with you, you may be denied entry into the country.
KENYA: *A passport and visa are required. US citizens may no longer obtain their visa at the airport. Starting from July 2, 2015, the government of Kenya will introduce electronic visa application. Please click here for instructions on how to apply for this e-visa. As Beginning July 2nd, there is a two month grace period whereby visas may still be purchased on arrival. This grace period expires on August 31, 2015. Effective September 1, 2015, you may be denied boarding of your flight to Kenya or denied entry to Kenya if you do not have your printed copy of your e-visa with you. There is a fee of $50 for a single entry visa and $100 for a multi-entry visa, whether obtained in advance or at the airport. Evidence of yellow fever immunization may be requested. For additional information, consult the Embassy of Kenya at 202/387-6101.
TANZANIA: *A passport and visa are required. US citizens may obtain their visa at the airport, at any point of entry staffed by immigration officials, or in advance. The current fee for a visa is $100 for a 12-month multiple-entry tourist visa. Visa fees could rise again as they reciprocate U.S. application fees. Foreigners may be required to show their passports when entering or exiting Zanzibar. For more information, consult the Embassy of Tanzania at 202/939-6125.
Visa Application Form: http://www.tanzaniaembassy-us.org/forms/visa_form_04.pdf
UGANDA: *A passport, visa, evidence of yellow fever vaccination, as well as polio vaccination for children under five are required. Visas are available at Entebbe Airport upon arrival or may be obtained from the Embassy of the Republic of Uganda. The current fee for a three month tourist visa obtained upon arrival at Entebbe Airport is $50.00. For other information, contact the Embassy of the Republic of Uganda at 202/726-7100.
Visa Application Form: http://www.ugandaembassy.com/Forms/application-visa.pdf
RWANDA: *A passport and evidence of yellow fever immunization are required for those 9 months of age and older. Visas are not required for U.S. citizens entering Rwanda for less than 90 days of tourism. For more information, contact the Embassy of the Republic of Rwanda at 202/232-2882.
For assistance with obtaining passports and visas, contact: www.PassportVisasExpress.com