Procedure on How to Apply for a Medical Visa in Kenya The Medical Visa is issued for to persons whose nationalities require visa to enter Kenya for medical reasons.* The Medical Visa is given to those seeking medical treatment in reputed/recognized specialized hospitals/treatment centres in Kenya.
- The first step is to register on eCitizen through the following link eCitizen Online Platform. Click on create account then click on the create an Account icon under the eVisa tab.
- You will need to fill in your personal information so to register for an eCitizen account. This includes your Passport number, Name, Email address and nationality to complete the registration.
- Once you have registered you will then need to login to your eCitizen account and navigate to Department of Immigration Services and then submit application.
- Click on “Get service now”, then select the Blue button” Make Application” on the next window.
- Click on the Plus (+) sign on the Kenyan Visa tab and select Apply for a Single Entry Visa
- Read the instructions carefully; make sure you have all the requirements to make the application and then click on the Apply Now button which will direct you to the online application form.
- Fill in the online application form with all the required details and upload supporting documents. These details include:-
(a). Traveller information ( Name, Date and place of birth, Occupation, Parents names)
(b). Nationality and residence ( Nationality, Country of residence, Physical address in country of residence, Phone number)
(c). Passport/ Travel documents information ( Passport number, Date of issue, Expiry date )
(d). Travel information
(i). Reason for travel. Select your reason for travel as Medical
(ii). Proposed date of entry and departure from Kenya ,
(iii). Full names of friend or relative in Kenya , their physical address and telephone numbers
(iv). Full names of hotels, places or firms to be visited in Kenya.
(e). Travel history ( previous travels to Kenya , any denial of entry to any county including Kenya ,criminal history )
(f). Upload Supporting Documents (upload your passport’s bio data page ,Upload additional Documents e.g. official Invitation letter, Hotel Booking or travel Itinerary, Upload a passport size photo , select mode of arrival and point of entry)
tick declaration from and the click continue.
(g). This will direct you to the next page where you are to review your entry details. If everything is in order Click Submit button to finish.
(h). This will direct you to the next page where you are supposed to make payment for the Single Entry Medical Visa. Make your payment using the provided payment methods provided and click on the submit button. A fee of USD $ 51 is charged for the Medical Visa.
(i). You will receive a notification of payment receipt in your email address confirming payment.
- Once the visa is approved, the Medical Visa will be made available in your eCitizen account. You will also receive a notification email in your email address once your visa is available. This is usually after a period of two (2) days.
- You must print a copy of the visa from your eCitizen account and carry it with your passport when you travel to Kenya.
- When you arrive in Kenya, you must have your Medical Visa printout with your passport and present it to the immigration officer at the port of entry.
Apply in Person
- The Medical Visa application can also be done in person. The first step is to write a detailed and signed Cover letter requesting for the Medical Visa addressed to the Director of Immigration Services.
- Visit the Kenya Missions/ Embassy abroad to make the application .Here you are required to present the cover letter to the immigration officer at the Kenyan Embassy. The immigration officer will provide you with Application for a Visa Form 22 to fill and submit.
- State your reason for travel to Kenya as Medical when you fill the application form
- You should then proceed to pay the application fees for the Medical Visa and acquire proof of payment receipt. A fee of USD 51 charged for a Medical Visa.
- You should then attach the following documents to the application form before submission.
(i). Detailed and Signed Cover letter from the applicant addressed to the Director of Immigration Services requesting Medical Visa.
(ii). Two (2) recent collared passport size photographs
(iii). Copy of a valid national passport / National ID (bio-data page) for both the applicant and the Dependant.
(iv). Valid passport with at least one blank page with clear bio-data page and photograph
(v). Valid travel document not less than six months.
(vi). An onward ticket
(vii). A letter from Hospital/ Doctor recommending treatment in Kenya giving details of treatment
(viii). An invitation letter from the hospital in Kenya where applicant wishes to avail the treatment
(ix). A copy of latest bank statement as proof of applicant’s financial capacity to incur expenditure for treatment.
(x). Proof of payment receipt.
- You should then lodge the completed application to the Kenya mission abroad.
- After lodging the application the Medical Visa will be ready for collection after review at the Kenya mission / Embassy after 5 working days.
- You are required to bring proof of identification when collecting the Medical Visa
- You will be contacted through text and/or email when to collect your ready document.
- Valid passport with at least one blank page with clear bio-data page and photograph
- Valid travel document not less than six months.
- An onward ticket
- Yellow Fever vaccination certificate
- A letter from hospital/ Doctor recommending treatment in Kenya giving details of treatment
- An invitation letter from the hospital in Kenya where applicant wishes to avail the treatment
- A copy of latest bank statement as proof of applicant’s financial capacity to incur expenditure for treatment.
Office Locations & Contacts
Department of Immigration Services
Passport Section Ground Floor,
Kenyatta Avenue/ Uhuru Highway
P.O. Box 30191, 00100 Nairobi.
Tel: +254-20-2222022, +254-20-2217544, +254-20-2218833
Website: Department of Immigration Website
Mombasa-Immigration Department Office
PC’s Office Building
Kisumu-Immigration Department Office
New Provincial Headquarters
- This visa is issued to persons whose nationalities require visa to enter Kenya for medical purposes.
- A list of Visa exempted countries can be accessed here.
- Children sixteen (16) year and below are exempted from visa payment and are not expected to make the Medical visa application.
- Persons with contagious diseases may not be able to get a visa to Kenya ie Ebola.
- A fees of USD $ 51 is charged for the visa.
- A Medical Visa to Kenya is valid for 3 months before you travel once it is issued.
- Once you present yourself to immigration control at the port of entry, you may be issued with a stay period not exceeding 90 days, which may be renewed for a further 90 days at the immigration headquarters.
- The maximum number of days of stay in Kenya of a visa is 6 months.
Documents to Use
- It takes two days to process
- Click register on E-Citizen online platform.
- Select Register as a Visitor.
- Once Logged in, Select Department of Immigration services.
- Select Make Application.
- Click the plus sign on Kenyan Visa.
- Select the Apply for a Single Entry Visa, read the Instructions Carefully and click on the Apply Now button.
- Fill in the application form (select reason for travel as Medical), upload supporting documents, review your entry then click submit.
- Make payment for the Single Enter Visa using either a Visa Card, MasterCard and/ or other Debit Cards.
- Await approval via email, then download and print the Visa from your eCitizen account.
- Present your printed eVisa to the immigration officer at the port of entry
- Country you are making application from
- Who are you making the application for (self/ child/ agent)
- Full names
- Date, Place, Country of birth
- Fathers and Mothers name
- Current Nationality
- Country of residence
- Physical address in country of residence and phone number
- Passport number, place of issue, date of issue and expiry date
- Previous visits to Kenya.
- Previous denied entry into other country
- Criminal history
Need for the Document
- Visas are the permission granted by a sovereign nation to a traveller permitting entry for a specific purpose.
- The Medical visa is issued to persons whose nationalities require visa to enter Kenya for medical reasons.
- The Medical Visa allows individuals to seek medical treatment in reputed/recognized specialized hospitals/treatment centres in Kenya.
Information which might help
- Visa processing fee is non-refundable.
- Incomplete applications will be rejected.
- The possession of a visa is not the final authority to enter the Republic of Kenya.
- Engaging in any form of business or employment without a requisite permit or pass is an offence.
- Please note that the medical visa is required prior to entry into Kenya.
- Please Note Children sixteen (16) year and below are exempted from visa payment and are not expected to make visa application.
- In the event of lapse during payment please do not re-apply, contact the administrator on firstname.lastname@example.org
- Holders of travel documents (not a national passport) should not make eVisa applications, they should apply to the director of immigration services through the nearest Kenya mission.
- The possession of a visa for Kenya is not the final authority to enter Kenya.
- The Immigration Officer at the port of entry may refuse such a person permission to enter if he is satisfied that such a visitor is unable to fulfil the immigration requirements and that the entry and presence of such a visitor, in Kenya would be contrary to national interests even though such a person may be in possession of a valid visa for Kenya, provided that any such refusal is consented to by the Director of Immigration Services Nairobi, his Deputy or Provincial Heads of Immigration at Mombasa, Kisumu, and Garissa or any other Senior Officer so authorized to deputize.
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