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Visa and Passport Requirements

Passport Required Return ticket required Visa Required
USA Yes Yes Yes
British Yes Yes Yes
Canadian Yes Yes Yes
Other EU Yes Yes Yes
Australian Yes Yes Yes

To enter Kenya, a passport valid for at least six months from the date of entry, and with at least one blank page, is required by all nationals referred to in the chart above.

Visas for Kenya are required by the nationals referred to in the chart above, except (1) nationals of Cyprus, who do not need a visa.

You can obtain your visa on entry; passport photos are not required. However, multiple-entry visas cannot be issued at the point of entry, and must be obtained in advance through Kenya’s embassies.

Visa note:
Nationals not referred to in the chart are advised to contact the embassy to check visa requirements for Kenya.

Kenya has an agreement with Tanzania and Uganda to waiver visa re-entry fees if travelling between the three countries as long as single-entry visas remain valid for each country. This means multiple-entry visas are not required if going from Kenya to Tanzania or Uganda and back to Kenya. The same applies for travel from Uganda and Tanzania.

Types and cost:
Single-entry visa on arrival: US$50, payable in US Dollars, Euros, Pounds Sterling or Swiss Francs.

Transit visa: £10; single-entry visa: £30; multiple-entry visa: £60. These fees are for visas obtained in advance from the embassy/high commission.

Single-entry visas are valid for three months from the date of issue.

Transit visas are available to air passengers with connections in Kenya and for those travelling through Kenya to other destinations within a three-day period; an onward ticket or tour itinerary/confirmation is required.

Application to:
Consulate (or consular section at embassy or high commission).

Working days:
For visa processing, allow three days if applying in person or one week from the date of receipt if applying by post. If the visa has to be referred to Nairobi, it can take up to six weeks or, in some cases, longer.

Sufficient funds:
You may be required to show proof of funds, such as a credit card.

Extension of stay:
You can extend visas (three months at a time and up to six months) at the immigration department.

Entry with pets:
If bringing a pet into Kenya, you must obtain an import licence from the embassy/high commission.

Kenya Health Care And Vaccination

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Yellow Fever


* A yellow fever vaccination certificate is required from travellers over one year of age arriving from infected areas; those countries formerly classified as endemic zones are considered to be still infected by the Kenyan authorities. Travellers arriving from non-endemic zones should note that vaccination is strongly recommended for travel outside the urban areas, even if an outbreak of the disease has not been reported and they would normally not require a vaccination certificate to enter the country.

Health insurance is essential, and should include medical repatriation. Part of the African Medical and Research Foundation, the Flying Doctor Service have introduced a special Tourist Membership, which guarantees that any member injured or ill while on safari can call on a flying doctor for free air transport ( There are excellent medical facilities in Nairobi and Mombasa, but they are of a varying standard in the rest of the country.

Food and drink:
Bottled water is available and is advised for the first few weeks of the stay. When buying bottled water, check the seal of the bottle is intact. Avoid ice and washed salads and fruit except in top hotels and restaurants. Milk is pasteurised and dairy products are safe for consumption. Food prepared by unlicensed vendors should be avoided at all times.

Other risks:
Diarrhoeal diseases are common. Hepatitis B is hyperendemic; hepatitis E is widespread. Meningococcal meningitis is a risk, particularly during the dry season. Bilharzia (schistosomiasis) is present; avoid swimming and paddling in fresh water. Avoid insect fly bites and wear shoes to protect against hookworm. Dengue fever and rabies are present. HIV / AIDS is also prevalent.

Money & Duty Free For Kenya

Currency information:
Kenyan Shilling (KES; symbol Kshs.) = 100 cents. Notes are in denominations of KSh1, 000, 500, 200, 100 and 50. Coins are in denominations of KSh20, 10 and 5.

Credit cards:
MasterCard and Visa are widely accepted; American Express and Diners Club less so. Major hotels now also accept payment by credit card, as do major safari companies, travel agencies and restaurants. Almost every bank now has an ATM, and they are increasingly being installed at petrol stations.

Almost every bank now has an ATM, and they are increasingly being installed at petrol stations in cities and large towns.

Travellers cheques:
These can be changed at banks, and are widely accepted. To avoid additional exchange rate charges, travellers are advised to take traveller's cheques in US Dollars or Pounds Sterling.

Banking hours:
Mon-Fri 0900-1500, Sat 0900-1100. Banks in Mombasa and the coastal areas open and close half an hour earlier.

Currency restriction:
There are no restrictions on the import or export of local or foreign currency. However, amounts exceeding US$5,000 or equivalent must be declared.

Currency exchange:
Currency can be exchanged at the major banks, bureaux de change or authorised hotels. The banks at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport and Moi International Airport have 24-hour exchange services. The easiest currencies to exchange are US Dollars, Pounds Sterling and Euros.

Kenya duty free
The following goods may be imported into Kenya by passengers over 16 years of age without incurring customs duty:

• 250g of tobacco products.
• 1L of spirits or 2L of wine.
• 500ml of perfume and eau de toilette, of which not more than a quarter may be perfume.

Banned imports:
Prohibited items include counterfeit money and goods, pornography, matches made using white phosphorus, narcotics, soaps and cosmetics containing mercury, and used tyres.

Restricted items include animal traps, unwrought precious metals and stones, arms and ammunition, ivory, hippopotamus teeth, rhinoceros horn, tortoise shell, whalebone, antlers, coral, endangered species, and historic artefacts.

Banned exports:
The export of gold, diamonds and wildlife skins or game trophies not obtained from the authorised Kenyan government department is also prohibited.


Last Updated on Saturday, 11 June 2016 18:05

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