Immigration update: Kenya | Lifting of Amnesty for stay beyond 6 months

On 14 September 2020, the Director General of Immigration Services in the Ministry of Interior and Coordination of National Government State Department of Interior and Citizen Services, announced the lifting of amnesty for stay beyond 6 months.

Who is affected?

This will affect all international travellers in Kenya whose passes expired.


The amnesty was introduced following the implementation of strict measures to limit the spread of the COVID-19 virus, blocking entry to the country to everyone except citizens and residents.

Kenya is gradually lifting these measures as the spread of the virus is slowing in the country with about 13 000 active cases.


Foreign nationals who are currently in Kenya, who benefited from the amnesty have until 28 September 2020 to depart the country or regularise their stay by applying for the required permit or pass.

How Santa Fe can assist

Santa Fe can support your business with any immigration compliance and advisory issues concerning your expatriate population. We can review current employees’ visas and assist with necessary advice or solutions to ensure ongoing compliance with the Kenyan Immigration Act and Regulations.

We will also keep your business updated on ongoing developments on all Kenyan immigration matters and will advise on any changes requiring your attention.

Should you have any questions, please contact:

Terence Rover
Immigration Manager – Africa
Santa Fe Relocation
D: +27 (0) 10 442 8933
M: +27 (0) 72 279 9606

Paolo Longo
Regional Immigration Director – India, Middle East & Africa
Santa Fe Relocation
D: +27 (0) 10 595 2337
M: +27 (0) 83 677 7949


To read more immigration updates, click here

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