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:

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, with at least two blank pages, valid for six months after entry into country and visa are required.

Kenyan Immigration has instituted a strict visa policy whereby all visitors are strongly encouraged to obtain visas by using an online system, though visas are available upon arrival at international ports of entry including Nairobi’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport.

  • Single-entry visas (USD 50 per person) are available upon arrival at Kenyan airports; however, Kenyan Immigration plans to end visas upon arrival in the near future.
  • Multiple-entry visas (USD 100 per person) must be applied for prior to traveling to Kenya.
  • Obtain the latest information on visas, as well as any additional details regarding entry requirements, from the Embassy of Kenya
  • You should have proof of yellow fever immunizations, or you may be denied entry.

You may now apply for your visa online at

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:

UGANDA: *A passport, valid for six months after entry into country, visa, evidence of yellow fever vaccination, as well as polio vaccination for children under five are required.  

Effective July 1, 2016, visas and residency permits will no longer be available at Entebbe Airport upon arrival.

All visa and work permit (E-Visa and E-permits) applications must be completed via the Government of Uganda’s website. Under the new application process, you must apply online for all immigration services such as visas, permits, and passes at least two weeks prior to travel. 

The fee for a single entry tourist visa is $50.

Here are a few other pieces of information that you will need when filling out the e-visa form online:

Step 1: When choosing the type of visa: select “Ordinary” (single entry)  

Step 2: You will need the name and contact details of the safari Ground Operator which we will provide to you

For other information, contact the Embassy of the Republic of Uganda at 202/726-7100.

Visa Application Form

RWANDA: *A passport, valid for six months after entry into country

Visa, obtain before traveling or a 30-day tourist visa at port of entry for USD$30. Credit cards are not accepted at all land border crossings.

World Health Organization (WHO) card with yellow fever vaccination if entering from the countries listed on the Rwandan Immigration website.

For more information, contact the Embassy of the Republic of Rwanda at 202/232-2882.

Visa Application Form:


Allows travel between Kenya, Rwanda and Uganda with the same multiple entry visa.

The holder of the East Africa Tourist Visa shall enter the region from the country that issued the visa and move within the two other countries without applying for another visa or paying another visa fee.

Cost is USD$100.00 per person, request further information when applying with either the Kenya, Rwanda or Ugandan Embassies for your visa.

For assistance with obtaining passports and visas, contact:

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