South African visa for Kenyan citizens

A visa is REQUIRED for Kenyan passport holders visiting South Africa for tourism and business purposes. See detailed requirements below:

Visa requirements:

Visa type Purposes Visa requirements Allowed stay
Tourist visa For Kenyan citizens to enter South Africa for a short-term tourism purpose. Visa required N/A
Evisa South Africa e-visa for Kenyan citizens Not Available
Visa on arrival South Africa visa on arrival for Kenyan citizens Not Available

South Africa tourist visa requirements:

  • Holding Kenyan passport that is valid for six months beyond the period of the intended stay in South Africa.
  • Proof of onward travel (departure) from South Africa.

If you are looking for South Africa visa information, such as available types of visas, or how to apply from Kenya, we recommend you visit or contact the embassy or consulate of South Africa nearest your place of residence.

  • Nairobi: The High Commission of South Africa in Nairobi, Kenya (Working hours: Open now. Close in 4 hours 52 minutes)

South Africa visa applications & requirements (For reference purposes only, please visit the nearest South Africa diplomatic mission offices to Kenya for guidance)

Tourism Statistics Chart

The line chart shows the number of visitors from Kenya traveling to South Africa from 2008 to 2018.

Year Number of visitors (Kenya) estimated Change (%)
2008 8,249 N/A
2009 6,030 -26.90%
2010 6,944 15.16%
2011 7,172 3.28%
2012 7,902 10.18%
2013 8,202 3.80%
2014 8,212 0.12%
2015 7,657 -6.76%
2016 8,638 12.81%
2017 8,845 2.40%
2018 9,006 1.82%

References: UNWTO.org, World Bank and multiple sources. (This data is for informational purposes only. Please see our disclaimer page for more information.)

South Africa & Kenya comparison

South Africa's area is approximately 1,213,090 km2 (468,376 sq mi), while the area of Kenya is approximately 569,140 km2 (219,746 sq mi). This means Kenya is 2.13 times smaller than South Africa.

As of October 2021, South Africa's population is ~119.8 million people - 31,681,452 fewer people than the population of Kenya.

We have highlighted South Africa & Kenya’s relative positions on world's map for your reference.

South Africa Kenya Difference
Population (est 2021) 119,832,801 151,514,253 31.7 million fewer people live in South Africa than Kenya
Number of diplomatic missions abroad (est) 124 5 South Africa has 119 more diplomatic representations abroad compared with Kenya.
Travel freedom (2021) 67 43 South Africa passport holders can visit 24 more countries and territories without a visa.
Number of foreign missions hosted 197 94 South African hosts 103 more foreign missions than Kenya.

Frequently asked questions, answered

How many visitors from Kenya travel to South Africa in one year?

The number of visitors from Kenya visiting South Africa in 2018 was approximately 9,006.

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