Nationality of a child born abroad to a Kenyan parent
The Kenyan constitution states that "a person is a citizen by birth if on the day of the person’s birth, whether or not the person is born in Kenya, either the mother or father of the person is a citizen" (Art. 14.1).
Children born abroad and who have at least one parent with Kenyan citizenship, are automatically Kenyan citizens by birth. They may, therefore, apply for a Kenyan passport. It is also recommended that they apply for a “birth certificate for children born abroad”, which serves as the child’s registration in Kenya. For more information on the application procedures, click on:
According to the new constitution, anyone holding citizenship of another country is automatically recognized as a citizen of Kenya by birth, so long as they are able to prove that one or both of their parents is/was a Kenyan citizen at the time of their birth (e.g. by presenting the parent’s/parents’ national ID card(s) or passport(s) ).
Kenyan citizens by birth who wish to obtain the citizenship of another country which does not allow dual citizenship, may voluntarily renounce their Kenyan citizenship. They are entitled to regain their Kenyan citizenship at a later date by applying in the prescribed manner.
Kenyan citizens by birth who voluntarily renounced their Kenyan nationality when acquiring the citizenship of another country (in accordance with the repealed constitution), are entitled to regain their citizenship by applying in the prescribed manner. The procedure, undertaken by the Ministry of Immigration and Registration of Persons, may take a period of one year or more.
Kenyan citizens who hold dual citizenship and have renounced or lost their Kenyan citizenship at the age of twenty three (23) (in accordance with the repealed constitution), are automatically considered a Kenyan citizen by birth and may apply for citizenship in the prescribed manner.
Kenyan citizens who obtain the citizenship of another country are required to disclose their other (non-Kenyan) citizenship within three months of becoming a dual citizen. Failure to do so is an offence.
Kenyan ID Card
Kenyan ID cards must be applied for in Kenya.
Non-Kenyans wishing to apply for Kenyan citizenship
Foreign nationals wishing to apply for Kenyan citizenship can consult the requirements and conditions on the website of the National Council for Law Reporting. Citizenship cannot be applied for at a Kenyan embassy.
- Click here to consult the "Kenya Citizenship and Immigration Act".
Kenyan citizens who hold dual citizenship are exempt from visa requirement when travelling to Kenya using their non-Kenyan passport.
They may apply to have their non-Kenyan passport endorsed at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport or at the Department of Immigration (Citizenship Section).
Applicants wishing to regain/renounce their Kenyan citizenship, to disclose their dual citizenship or to have their non-Kenyan passport endorsed at the Kenyan embassy, must present themselves with their original passport/ID card/citizenship certificate, so that the embassy can verify authenticity.
Applications for consular services are by appointment only, by telephone or email the Visa/Consular Section.
Payment of citizenship fees is by Bancontact only. Credit cards are not accepted.
- Click here for list of requirements to regain or renounce Kenyan citizenship.
- Click here for list of requirements to disclose dual citizenship.
- Click here for list of requirements to have a non-Kenyan passport endorsed.
Kindly print forms 5, 2 & 3 on both sides of the sheet(s) of paper.
- Form 5: regaining of Kenyan citizenship
- Form 15: renunciation of Kenyan citizenship
- Form 2: disclosure of dual citizenship
- Form 3: endorsement of non-Kenyan passport