What is the permitted length of stay in Kenya with ETA?

Modified on Thu, 20 Jun at 8:08 AM

What is the permitted length of stay in Kenya with the ETA?

A valid ETA is a permit to travel to Kenya within 90 days after issuance and it does not guarantee the entry into the country. Upon arrival, immigration official at the port of entry have the final authority to allow or deny the entry and determine, depending on your purpose of entry, the length of stay in the country. 

Usually, the maximum permitted length of stay is 90 days from the date of entry. However, it is important to note that the exact length of stay will be decided by immigration officials at the point of entry and it may be shorter or, in specific cases, it can be extended depending on the situation and the documentation provided. 

If you are planning to stay more time, it is advisable to inquire about the visa extension once you are already in Kenya. Most of the time, you can apply for the extension at the Department of Immigration offices in Nairobi or other major cities. You must apply before the expiration of the Kenya ETA and you will be subject to a further review of your circumstances and reasons for extending your stay. 

It is essential that you bring with you all the relevant documentation to justify your travel purpose, such as invitation letters, accommodation bookings, itinerary details and any other evidence that may be required by immigration officials. This will help you to ensure a smooth entry and a proper determination of the length of your stay. 

In summary, while an ETA allows you to travel to Kenya, the final decision on your entry and length of stay is decided by immigration officials who will evaluate your case upon arrival.

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