Information on visas in Nairobi, Kenya for Ethiopia, Sudan and Egypt if travelling overland


The Embassy stated that they will not issue the visas in Kenya and you have to get them from your home country (*note if going south you can get them easily in Egypt). We sent our passports back to the UK and it took 17 days to process the visas, so plan well in advance, it may be worthwhile using a visa agent if you are short on time. More details here Visas for Ethiopia – Not in Kenya


You are able to obtain both a Transit and Tourist visa in Kenya, the requirements for a transit visa is an Egypt visa (to prove onwards travel), and copies of the usual documents (passport, Carnet, Photos etc)… For a tourist visa you have to provide the following:

  • The original and a photo copy (double sided) of the visa application
  • 2 x Passport photos with white background
  • Valid passport min 6 months validity
  • A copy of your passport
  • Cover letter / letter of Invitation
  • Copy of Yellow fever vaccinations

If non-resident of Kenya:

  • A letter of introduction from your embassy* (LOI not required)
  • A copy of your carnet
  • A copy of the front of your credit card
  • * Egypt visa is not required

Visa processing time Kenyans 2-3 days, Non Residents 3 days, Americans 1 week +

Fees, Single entry 5000ksh, Multiple entry 27,000ksh, American 14,000ksh

*Note The British Embassy does not issue letters of introduction anymore, they will issue you a letter stating the same, which should be accepted if you speak to the consol at the embassy other embassies may.

The is parking available directly outside the embassy.
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They will not issue Visa’s to non-residents in Kenya, they suggested obtaining the Visa in Addis Ababa.

There is a small parking area about 100m past the embassy on your left.
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British High Commission
Friendly and helpful – Car parking outside
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Getting Visa in Addis Ababa

We managed to obtain both the Egypt visas and Sudan visa in 4 days in Addis Abba, and would recommend the same for anyone considering the same route More details here: Visas in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia for Sudan and Egypt – Overland

Overview map of Nairobi, with Embassies, Accommodation and mechanics

*If you are planning to drive into town from Karen, it is a slow frustrating drive, it can take anywhere between 30min and 1 1/2 hours…

Nairobi Overland Info Map
Ni map.