03-03-2022 by redazione
Since the period of pandemic restrictions, with the reopening of tourism from Italy to Kenya, some of our compatriots will find themselves having to come to terms with some new procedures that in the meantime the Kenyan government has introduced in order to digitize the public services system and limit as far as possible the possibility of "personalized tariffs" or lack of certain obligations that foreigners in Kenya must fulfill.
One of these is the extension of the "visa", in other words, the tourist visa for those who wish to remain in the African country beyond the 3 months envisaged from the first stamp on entry.
Once upon a time, it was customary to go to an immigration office and have the extension stamped for another 3 months (later, no further extensions will be possible) and there was also the obligation to have one's fingerprints taken, handing over two photographs and one's own data in order to receive an Alien Card, i.e., a plastic identification document. The Alien Card was mandatory and cost Kes. 2200, including shipping to Nairobi.
Today with the online procedures to get the extension of the tourist visa, it is no longer necessary to have the Alien Card, so in addition to not having to go through the above process, the extension will be free.
Here's what you need to do to get another 3 months of stay as a tourist in Kenya.
First you need to register on the portal https://fns.immigration.go.ke
This applies even if you already have an e-citizen account (the one you used to get your visa online, for example). Although the portal asks you if you want to log in with that, it is better to create a new username and password by logging in with Efns.
Once the account is created, you will need to do this.
Click on "Submit Application".
Select "Extension of visitors pass".
Fill out the application form (Apply now)
Fill in the required data (name, address etc...)
Upload a copy of your passport data page
Sign the online application
Download and print the application form to keep
As soon as your visa has been extended by Kenyan Immigration, a notification will appear in the account you created, in the "My Application" section.
Click on the printer icon, print and carry the notification in your passport indicating the duration of validity of the visa.
To be more precise and secure, you can go to the immigration office and have the extension stamped in your passport, at no extra charge.
If you have difficulty accessing the portal https://fns.immigration.go.ke you can contact the Kenyan Immigration Office at the following numbers:
Permit Section - 0707 65 79 91
Permanent Residence - 0707 65 87 55;
Or call the Nairobi Immigration switchboard on 020 2222022.
Obviously the language spoken is English.
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