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How to Apply For East Africa Tourist Visa for Filipinos

East Africa is known to be one of the best destinations any person can set foot on. The amazing landscapes, the exotic animals, the rawness of its countries are very much appealing to those who would like to experience something new and unique. If you have included East Africa in your bucket list, then good news, fellow travelers!

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Did you know that you can travel (3) three East African destinations using just (1) one Visa? You read that right! This means that you are saving time for application, and of course, saving costs on Visa fees as well. This is a great idea if you are planning some fun cross – border adventures and would like to maximize your stay in East Africa!

By now I’m sure you are pretty much excited to know more about East Africa Tourist Visa. Trust me; I am equally excited because we plan to go there this year.

In this post, we will try to answer all your Frequently Asked Questions to help you obtain your own visa going to East Africa.

Frequently Asked Questions: East Africa Tourist Visa

1. Which countries are included in the East Africa Tourist Visa?

To date, three countries are covered by the East Africa Tourist Visa. We have Kenya, Rwanda, and Uganda. The good news is, there are more countries that the visitors can enjoy in the future. So let’s watch out for it and explore East Africa the best way possible.

2. Is the East Africa Tourist Visa good for single entry?

East Africa Tourist Visa is actually a multiple entry Visa. You have 90 days to go around the covered countries. It’s only multiple entries within the Republic of Kenya, Republic of Rwanda and Republic of Uganda. However, if you decided to go out of the countries mentioned above, you will need to apply for a new visa to re-enter.

3. What if I want to extend my stay or my Visa?

The only option is that you exit the region and apply for a new Visa.

4. Can I work with my East Africa Tourist Visa?

As always, you CANNOT work while on a tourist Visa. Do not let such tarnish your good record.

5. How do you apply for an East Africa Tourist Visa?

The first step is that you identify your point of entry. That’s where you should apply for a tourist Visa. Below, you will find the steps, requirements, and locations of the nearest embassies or consulate.

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Steps if Kenya is the first country of your visit to East Africa  

Best if you apply at the Kenyan Honorary Consulate in Manila, Philippines, or the nearest embassy if you are living overseas.

4th Floor, Grepalife Building
221 Sen. Gil Puyat Avenue
(+63) 2 889-8287


  • Passport is valid for six months.
  • Complete application form
  • Copy of flight itinerary
  • Passport – size photo
  • Prepaid, self-addressed return courier envelope from Xpresspost with tracking number
  • Certificate of immunization (cholera, yellow fever, malaria)
  • Bank Statement

Steps if Rwanda is the first country of your visit to East Africa 


  • The passport is valid for six months.
  • Complete application form
  • One clear colored passport size photo with white background recently taken without glasses, caps, and scarf; (the photo should be attached to the application form by use of glue stick. Stapling and clipping the photo to the application form is not advisable).
  • Certificate of immunization (cholera, yellow fever, malaria)
  • Bank Statement

Steps if Uganda is the first country of your visit to East Africa  

  • You can apply online for an E – East African Tourism Visa from home
  • Uganda Immigration will send an email with Barcode to be scanned when you arrive in Entebbe
  • A Visa sticker will be posted in your passport


  • The passport is valid for six months.
  • Complete application form
  • Passport – size photo
  • Copy of flight and hotel booking
  • Bank Statement
  • Yellow Fever certificate

Note that you may be asked for additional requirements, if necessary.  

6. How much is the East Africa Visa fee?

The minimum fee is USD 100 for all three countries. This is cheaper versus getting individual single-entry visas for the three countries. The fees for a single entry visa are reflected below per country which will end up costing you USD 200 in total:

  • Uganda: USD 100
  • Rwanda: USD 50
  • Kenya: USD 50 (+1 USD service charge and a card handling fee)

7. Is there any case of ‘denied boarding’ or ‘denied entry’?

It is a must that you print out a copy of your e – visa before you go to an East Africa destination. Failure to do so might cause denied boarding or denied entry.

Now that you know how to process your East Africa Tourist Visa let me share with you some quick tips on places and things you can do in Kenya, Rwanda, and Uganda.

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What are the best places to visit in Kenya?

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  • Masai Mara National Reserve – This is considered one of the best parks in Kenya. Definitely for wildlife fans.
  • David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust ­­- If you want to experience close encounters with elephants, this would be your best bet.
  • Amboseli National Park – This place is a must-visit with its great landscape and variety of animals.
  • African Fund for Endangered Wildlife Ltd – Giraffe Centre ­– Get a good close up look at the giraffes.
  • Diani Beach – If you want to relax and enjoy some great waters, head to Diani Beach.
  • Mount Kenya – If you want an adventure, you can spend days climbing the summit of the mountain.
  • Karura Forest ­– You can find peace and quiet here amidst the busy Nairobi.

What are the best places to visit in Rwanda?

  • Volcanoes National Park – Are you fascinated by Gorillas? Head to this park and you would enjoy your tour.
  • Kigali Genocide Memorial – It’s easy to lose track of time with all the information and things you can learn from this memorial.
  • Inema Art Center – Great arts coupled with amazing beer and wine.
  • Nyamata Church – Get emotional as you learn more about the injustices in the past.  

What are the best places to visit in Uganda?

  • Bwindi Impenetrable National Park  – If you still want to have another gorilla trekking, this is a great option too!
  • Gaddafi National Mosque – Be impressed with the structure and design. You will also get an incredible view.
  • Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary – How about getting close to the rhinos? It would be one for the books!
  • Sipi Falls – Also known as one of the best falls in Uganda.
  • There is so much to see in East Africa and it would take days for me to put those in detail. For now, get ready with your visa and start exploring the beauty of East Africa.

Note: I am a travel blogger and not a visa expert. The above was based on different researches and inputs from fellow travelers as I’m off to visit Africa next month!


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14 thoughts on “How to Apply For East Africa Tourist Visa for Filipinos

  1. Hello, i hope this blogs still do exist. I’m planning to visit rwanda africa as tourist, as i searched the dfa website i saw that Filipino’s are of 90 days free visa, what does it mean? I go out as a tourist from Philippines without showing any tourist visa? And can stay in rwanda for 90 days? I’m afraid that immigration could deny me if i dont have any tour visa on hand..i really do appreciate if you could advise me about it with the current regulations i saw on dfa website..

    1. Hi Gabriel, it means you can visit the country for 90 days without any visa. This means you don’t need to apply in any Rwanda embassy or online website before coming.

      However, the following documents still need to be presented upon arrival at Rwanda port of entry:

      Duly filled out and printed application form
      Valid passport with at least one blank page available
      Hotel booking details/ address and contact details of host
      Return/ onward ticket

  2. Hello, am a filipina working here in riyadh planning to visit kenya next month i thought filipino passport holders has 30 days visa upon arrival in kenya.. what does it mean “to apply e-visa first”? And is it a must to have that vaccine certificate?

    1. Hi Kryss,

      Better late than never. If you made it, hope you had a blast and found out you can easily apply online for a Kenyan visa.

  3. Hi,
    If ever I had already an e-visa in my hand,do I still need to apply another visa upon arrival?How much does it cost ?

  4. am Filipina and my UAE residence visa is less than 3 months when traveling to Nairobi Kenya . Is that possible ? or what shall I do

  5. Hi Kach. I had visited Kenya once and planning to go back. I acquired visa online. This time, I’ve been trying to get another evisa, but there’s something wrong with their system. Do you think I can get visa on arrival instead? My flight is next week.
    Thank you very much.

  6. Hi, Kach
    I have a few questions; can you get this visa on arrival or do you need to apply for an e-via first? We’re only traveling to Kenya but might change our plan so this sounds good. I know you’ve been to Kenya, did you get your visa on arrival or did u have to apply for e-visa first then they stamp it there?

    Thanks a lot!

    Safe travels,

  7. As usual, this is very good and on point guide to traveling to East Africa region. The common visa is a new thing and it would have been better if Tanzania were to sign into the deal as that would increase the attractions one can see in all the four East African countries.

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Written by Kach Umandap

Founder of Two Monkeys Travel Group. Since 2013, Kach has visited all the 7 continents (including Antarctica) and 151 countries using her Philippines Passport. In 2016, she bought a sailboat and went on sailing adventures with her two cats - Captain Ahab & Little Zissou in the Caribbean for 2 years. She now lives in Herceg Novi, Montenegro where she's enjoying her expat life and living on a gorgeous Stonehouse. She writes about her experiences traveling as a Filipina traveler with a PHL Passport. Also tips on backpacking trips, luxury hotel experiences, product reviews, sailing & adventure travel.