Immigration and naturalization department

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The law and the department

The department of immigration operates under the Kenya citizenship act cap 170 [1963], The Immigration act cap 172 [1967], The aliens registration act cap 173 [1973] respectively and Visa regulations. In performing its functions The department is also guided by international conventions. Derived policies include:

  • Maintaining and enhancing order and security
  • Safeguarding the interests of the country
  • Encouraging investment and transfer of skills
  • Poverty eradication
  • Facilitation of travel

Administrative regions and sections

Regions Sections
Nairobi Administration, technical and training
Coast Aliens and refugees
Western Passports
North Rift Entry permits and passes
North Eastern Investigation and prosecution

Service Departments

  • Visa
  • Citizenship and Nationality
  • Kenyanization
  • Finance and accounts
  • Records management
  • Personnel
  • Information technology
  • Public relations
  • Research, planning and data management


Regional offices Border control points Existing air entry points Existing Sea Entry Points
Nairobi Namanga JKIA
Mombasa Mombasa old port Moi MIA
Kisumu regional Busia Kisumu airport
Garissa sub regional Liboi Garrisa airport
Eldoret Malaba Eldoret airport
Lwakhakha Suam Wilson airport
Lokichoggio airport
Moyale Moyale
Malindi airport
Mandera Mandera
Lunga Lunga
Mombasa old port
Kisumu Pier


Roles and objectives of the department

  • Issuance of passports and other travel documents to Kenya citizens.
  • Issuance of entry permits and passes.
  • Issuance of visas to persons intending to visit the country inline with the visa regulations.
  • Investigation and prosecution of all immigration related offenses committed under the immigration act cap 172, and the aliens registration act cap 173 and the criminal procedure code [CPC]
  • Naturalization and registration of eligible aliens, as citizens in accordance with the constitution and the citizenship act cap 170
  • Dispensation of consular services in Kenya missions abroad.
  • Control and regulation of entry and exit of persons.
  • Denial of entry to Kenya of indescribable aliens
  • Removal of undesirable persons..


All non Kenyans wishing to work, engage in business or reside in Kenya must obtain the appropriate entry permit. It is an offense for any non– Kenyan to work, reside or do business in the country without a pass or permit. It is the policy of the Government to give priority to Kenyans whenever employment opportunities arise. The issuance of permits is limited only to those areas where skills, academic qualifications, technology and experience is lacking in the local labour market. However, investors are allowed to employ persons of their choice to 3 key positions who are meant to safeguard their interest. These mainly include The CEO, Chief technical officer and the Financial controller. Any other position is subject to clear evidence that such skills are not available in the local market, even then the employment of such a foreigner is subject to the identification of a suitably qualified Kenyan as an understudy, who will eventually take over the position within a specified period of time.

NB: All persons taking up paid/ unpaid employment require an entry permit including voluntary workers.

Entry permits range from Class A to M for various categories of people as stipulated below:-

A Issued to a person who is offered specific employment by a specific employer 50000 2
B A person being the holder of a dependant pass of a person being offered specific employment by the government of Kenya, The East African Community or any other person or authority under the control of the government or the community and whose engagement will be of benefit to Kenya. 5000 2
D Issued to a holder of a dependant’s pass of a person who is offered specific employment by a specific employer whose engagement will of benefit to Kenya 50000 2
E Missionaries 6000 3
F A person intending to engage in the business of agriculture and animal husbandry 60000 2
G A person intending to engage in prospecting for minerals or mining in Kenya 60000 2
H A person who intends to engage in a specific, trade, profession or business 60000 2
I A person wishing to engage in specific manufacturing 60000 2
J A member of a prescribed profession 60000 2
K Residence permit for person who intends to stay in Kenya without working [mainly as a retiree] 15000 3
L A person who is not in employment and has been lawfully present in Kenya [and a residence certificate issued under repealed acts] for a period not less than 10 years. 15000 3
M Issued to conventional refugees who intend to engage in business or employment Free


The aliens registration act cap173 of the laws of Kenya requires that all aliens staying in the country for whatever purpose for a period exceeding 90 days must register. Upon registration, an alien certificate is issued. Registration can be done in the following stations:- Mombasa, Kisumu, Eldoret and Nairobi.

Over 18 years of age. Have a valid travel document .Resident in the country for more than 3 months Pay a fee of kshs 2000 renewable annually at Kshs 1000 All accredited diplomats, their immediate families, persons covered under the privileges and immunities act cap179, and members of UN bodies in the country.

It is therefore an offense for an alien to be in the country without any of the following documents or status:-
Visitors pass Issued upon registration for a period of up to 90days in the first instance .This pass does not allow the holder to engage in employment whether paid or unpaid. free of charge renewable on application for a further 3 months for a fee of kshs 200.
Special pass Issued to a person coming into the country for a specific assignment/s for a period not exceeding 90 days. fee of kshs 12500.
Pupils pass Issued to a person who has been enrolled to take up studies in registered training institutions. fee of kshs 2000 a year. Citizens of EAC Partner States are exempt.
Dependants Pass Issued to persons who are dependants of legal residents of the country. a fee of kshs 1000 a year.


Under the Geneva Convention on Refugees [1951] and OAU 1 Convention of 1969, it is a requirement that anybody seeking refugee status in Kenya must first upon entry into the country report to the Kenyan authorities [immigration or the police]. Any person who fails to do so shall be deemed to be in the country illegally hence liable to prosecution

Category Qualification Privileges
Convention or integrated refugees These are persons whose refugee status has been determined and granted by the government of Kenya. They are eligible to register as aliens free of charge in towns and cities where there exists an immigration office. !! They may also apply for necessary entry work permits.
UN Mandate refugees These are persons whose refugee eligibility has not been determined by the government.They are also registered as aliens free of charge. They are expected to reside in designated camps i.e. Kakuma and Daadab.


Kenya’s visa regime is divided into three categories and issuance is done in accordance with the provisions of the Kenya Visa regulations.

Categories of the Kenya Visa regime
Category Description
1 Countries whose nationals do not require visas to enter Kenya
2 Countries whose nationals may be issued with visas at the port of entry or in Kenya missions abroad without reference to the principal immigration officer– Nairobi
3 Countries whose nationals require referred visas


These are the types of Visa Kenya issues
Ordinary/single entry visa All persons intending to enter Kenya for visits or residency. 50
Transit visa All persons intending to transit through Kenya for periods not exceeding seven days. 20
Multiple journey/entry visa All persons who are nationals of countries which require visas to Kenya and who by nature of their business or circumstances require to make further visits to Kenya may be issued with multiple journey visas to Kenya within 6 or 12 months as the case may be. Multiple journey visas are referred to the principal immigration officer for processing and approval and are valid for 6 or 12 months as the case may be. 100
Diplomatic visa Issued gratis to holders of diplomatic passports on official business.
Official/Service visa Official/service, ordinary and transit visas are issued gratis to holders of official or service passports on official visits.

Visa Requirements
Ordinary visa Completed visa application form. Any other document or information required by an immigration officer eg return air ticket, proof of funds etc. [Issued on application at the Kenya missions abroad or on arrival at the port of entry]
Referred Visa Completed visa application form. Forwarding of the application forms [in duplicate] to the principal immigration officer, Nairobi for approval. Two passport size photographs. Copies of relevant pages of passport. Proof of the need to travel to Kenya-eg Invitation. [Issued within 1 month from the date of receipt of the application].a non– refundable referral fee of US $ 10.


  • All persons endorsed with valid Kenya re-entry passes or any other written authority in lieu of a re-entry pass.
  • All passengers arriving and leaving by the same ship and who do not leave the ship.
  • All passengers by the same aircraft or transferring to another aircraft and who do not leave the international transit lounges at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, Moi International Airport and Eldoret International airport.
  • Holders of United Nations Organization Laissez –Passers whilst on official UN business.
  • Holders of African Union Laissez-Passers whilst on official AU business.
  • Holders of African Development bank Laissez - Passers whilst on official A.D.B business
  • Holders of Arab Bank for Economic Development in Africa Laissez– Passers whilst on official A.B.E.D.A business.
  • Holders of International Red Locust Control Organization for Central and Southern Africa Laissez-Passers whilst on official I.R.L.C.O.C.S.A business.
  • Holders of Desert Locust Control Organization Laissez– Passers whilst on official D.L.C.O business.
  • Holders of COMESA Laissez—passers whilst on official COMESA business.
  • The manifested crew of ships or aircraft passing through or stopping in Kenya for periods not exceeding 7 days in case of air crew or 14 days in the case of ships crew.
  • Owners of private aircraft stopping over for refueling in Kenya and who do not leave the precincts of the airport.


  1. Uruguay
  2. Ethiopia
  3. San Marino
  4. Eritrea
  5. Uganda


It should be noted that the possession of a Visa for Kenya is not the final authority to enter Kenya. The Immigration office at the port of entry may refuse such a person permission to land if he is satisfied that such a visitor is unable to fulfill the immigration requirements and that the entry and presence of such a visitor, in Kenya would be contrary to the national interests even though such a person may be in possession of a valid Visa for Kenya. Provided that any such refusal is consented by the Principal Immigration Officer, Nairobi, His Deputy or regional heads of immigration at Mombasa and Kisumu or any other Senior Officer so authorized can deputize.


  • Member of the East Africa Community Air Transport Facilitation Committee.
  • Member of the East African Community for the Facilitation of Movement of Persons, Immigration, Labour/Employment and Refugee Management.
  • Member of the East African Community National Interstate Security Committee.
  • Member of the National Focal Point on the Proliferation of Illicit Small Arms and Light Weapons.
  • Member of the National Visa Committee.
  • COMESA Inter-Ministerial Committee


  1. Who qualifies for the issuance of a Kenyan Passport?
  • Applicant must be a bona fide Kenyan citizen in accordance with the constitution of Kenya. The onus of proof of citizenship rests with the applicant.
  • Must demonstrate a genuine reason to travel.
  • Must be capable of meeting travel and upkeep expenses whilst outside Kenya.
  • Must be a person of sound mind.


The applicant must appear personally before an Immigration officer with the following documents

  • Application form PP1(PP2 for Children under 18 years) duly filled and personally signed by the applicant.
  • Security bond form A43 duly executed
  • Applicant’s Birth Certificate (original and Photocopy)
  • New Generation Identity Card (original and two [2] photocopies)
  • Two[2] (coloured/black and white) studio passport size photographs of applicants duly certified as true likeness of applicant ( ‘photo me’ not accepted).
  • P.I.N Certificate [original and copy]- where applicable
Passport Fee
Passport type Passport fee (Kenya Shillings) Renewal fee (Kenya Shillings)
Ordinary 32-page Passport 3,040/= 1040
Ordinary 48-page Passport 4,540/= 1540
Ordinary 64-page Passport 6,040/= 2040
Diplomatic 48-page Passport 6,040/= 2540
East African Passport 940/= 300
Temporary permit 300/=
Application Forms is Kshs 40/=

NB/ All charges are inclusive of Kshs 40- application fee.


Replacement of a lost passport is Kshs 10040 ( payable by bankers cheque) A police abstract plus a sworn affidavit indicating the circumstances under which the passport was lost should be produced. One is also required to announce in any of the local dailies and evidence of the same is produced.

Replacement of a mutilated or damaged passport is charged at Kshs 8040 payable by bankers cheque. An affidavit detailing the circumstances under which the damage occurred should be availed. For all employees an introductory letter form the employer stating the purpose of travel should be attached.

For religious officials

For religious officials, requirements include an ordination certificate ( original and copy), and a letter from the locally registered religious organization stating the purpose of visit. A certificate of registration of the religious organization may also be required.

For Business persons

For business persons, a certificate of business registration from the registrar of companies at Sheria House [original and copy]

For Students

For students the following additional documents are required: A letter of admission to school (original and copy) A clearance letter from the permanent secretary, Ministry of Education. Parents/ guardian’s affidavit in support of passport application/ travel. Form I-20 [ for US Colleges]

For registered and naturalized citizens

Submit A Kenya citizenship certificate[ original and copy] A Renunciation certificate.

In all cases applicants shall be required to give proof of funds i.e. ability to meet travel expenses, In some instances an applicants parent/s and or grand parent/s birth certificates may be required to establish parentage/ citizenship.


  1. For a new application : 30 working days
  2. Renewal after 5 years : As you wait
  3. Replacement
  4. For emergencies e.g. medical : As soon as possible

NB/ Immediately upon acquisition of a new passport, it is important that one reads through the note, appends his/her signature and notes the reference number ( R. No), to facilitate any future communication with the passport control office, including renewal and loss reports

A Kenyan passport expires after 10 years from the date of issue and as such it needs to be replaced through the application for a new one.


1. Physical immigration on the ground floor North Wing, Nyayo House P.O Box 30191, Nairobi Telephone: +254-20-222022 Fax:+254-20-220731 Email:

2. Coast regional office, Mombasa Uhuru na Kazi Building [PC’s Office] P.O Box 90284, Mombasa Telephone: +254-041-222676 Fax: +254-041-223585

Or Kenyan missions in:-

  • Riyadh
  • Rome
  • Geneva
  • The Hague
  • Lagos
  • Stockholm
  • Pretoria
  • Washington
  • London
  • Islamabad
  • Tokyo
  • Paris
  • New York
  • Brussels
  • New Delhi
  • Addis Ababa
  • Lusaka
  • Ottawa
  • Berlin
  • Tel– Aviv
  • Kampala
  • Harare
  • Cairo
  • Khartoum
  • Abu-Dhabi
  • Windhoek
  • Tehran
  • Canberra
  • Vienna
  • Dar-es-Salaam
  • Beijing
  • Kinshasa
  • Gaborone
  • Kuala-Lumpur


For any payments exceeding Kshs 5000, should be made through Banker’s Cheque made payable to the Principal Immigration officer.

Information contained in this site is subject to change without prior notice and where provisions herein may appear to conflict with the Laws of Kenya, the Law prevails.

Contact address:

Department of immigration Nyayo House, off Kenyatta Avenue P.O Box 30191, Nairobi. Telephone:+254-20-222022 E-mail: Website: [1]

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