The new rules, which were introduced in July but temporarily postponed owing to complaints from tourism stakeholders, will take effect on September 1, 2015 following the expiry of a two-month suspension.
“Effective 1st September 2015, passengers may be denied boarding of their flight to Kenya or denied entry to Kenya if they do not have printed copy of their e-visa with them,” Kenya Airways said in a statement on Wednesday.
The e-visa takes a minimum of two days to be processed and can be obtained at www.ecitizen.go.ke.
The new rules means that visitors will have to apply for an online visa before they leave their countries.
Kenya has previously allowed visitors from many countries to fly in and have their visas stamped on arrival at a local airport.
“The rules basically tell last minute travellers that they are not welcome in Kenya,” says a Nairobi-based tour operator who added that this segment of tourists earns the sector a significant amount of revenue.
Kenyan officials have, however, defended the move saying that it will help keep undesirables visitors out of the country – thereby aiding the government’s fight against terrorism.