Kenya

Kenya Visa & Passport Requirements:-

ALL AUSTRALIANS, BRITISH, CANADIAN, OTHER EU & USA NATIONALS REQUIRE:-

1. Passports 2. Return Tickets 3. Visa's

Passports:

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

Visas:

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, to save time at the airport, it's a good idea to obtain one in advance, either online or from the embassy/high commission. If you require a multiple-entry visa, you're advised to obtain this in advance.

Travellers who are also visiting Rwanda and Uganda may find it more useful to apply for an East Africa cross-border joint visa which allows entry into all three countries on a single visa

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:

Transit eVisa/visa on arrival: US$21; single-entry eVisa/visa on arrival: US$51.

East Africa tourist visa: US$100.

Transit visa: £10; single-entry visa: £30; multiple-entry visa: £60; East Africa visa: £65. These fees are for visas obtained in advance from the embassy/high commission.

Validity:

Transit: valid for a short stopover or overnight only; single-entry visa: three months; multiple-entry visa: one year; East Africa tourist visa: multiple entries within 90 days.

Transit:

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:

On arrival, online (evisa.go.ke) or at the consulate (or consular section at embassy or high commission).

Working days:

Allow two days for eVisa processing and two to three days if applying via the embassy/high commission.

Sufficient funds:

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

Extension of stay:

You can extend your stay by up to 90 days at the immigration headquarters in Nairobi. The maximum time you can stay in Kenya is six months.

Entry with pets:

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

About Kenya

Located in the Heart of Africa, Kenya shares borders with Ethiopia in the north, Sudan in the Northwest, Uganda in the West and Tanzania in the south. The Indian Ocean lies to the East. The Rift Valley runs through the country north to south. There are four primary regions:

  • 1. The northern deserts, including Lake Turkana and the Laikipia Plateau.
  • 2. The southern savannah, including the Masai Mara and the Great Rift Valley.
  • 3. The coastal lowlands, including Mombasa and the Watamu National Marine Park.
  • 4. The highlands, including Nairobi and Mount Kenya.

Language

KiSwahili is the official language, although English is widely spoken in commercial areas. In remote areas, the majority of people will only speak their tribal language.

Getting to Kenya

Kenya is well served by major international airlines, which fly into Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (Nairobi) or Moi International Airport (Mombasa). Mombasa is a popular charter destination from most major European cities. We strongly recommend you check with the nearest Kenya Embassy or Tourist Office to ensure you have the most up to date visa information. Yellow Fever and Cholera are required only for visitors arriving from countries where these diseases are endemic. Check with your Embassy and/or local heath office for more details.

Leaving Kenya

An airport departure tax of US$40 per person, or its equivalent, is payable when leaving Kenya. This fee is often included in your international airfare, unless stated otherwise. Please check with your agent when purchasing your international tickets. A local departure tax of Kshs 200 (approx. US$2.50) per person, per flight is payable for internal flights.

Climate

Kenya offers warm days and cool, early mornings and evenings throughout most of the country. At altitude the temperatures are moderate. The Coast is often humid and tropical. There are two primary rainy seasons: the long rains roughly from April to June and the short rains during October and November.

Clothing

Informal, lightweight clothing is recommended. Mornings and evenings can be cool at altitude, so bring a sweater or cardigan. A hat is highly recommended due to the sun. On the Kenya coast, ladies are expected to dress modestly in public. Nude or topless sunbathing is not only illegal, but also affects the sensibilities of the Muslim community.

Communications

Telephone, fax and some email services are available, though prone to difficulties. Most resorts, lodges and camps will have at least a radio link with their primary offices. In the major cities and on the Coast, international direct dialling should be available, if a little costly.

Currency

The Kenya shilling is freely exchangeable, and most major facilities accept major credit cards.

Driving

Most Kenyans drive on the left hand side of the road. It is recommended that you travel with an international driving license if you plan to drive in Kenya.

Health

Anti-malarial prophylactics should be taken before, during and after your visit to Kenya, especially if you visit the Coast. Good medical facilities are available in the major cities. Membership with groups such as the Flying Doctors is also recommended; Best of Kenya includes Flying Doctor emergency evacuation coverage in all of our safaris, unless otherwise stated. Hotels, camps and lodges should provide either bottled water, or filtered water for drinking. Please do not drink the tap water.

Electricity

220 / 240 volts AC. Plugs are the UK-type, round 2-pin or flat 3 pin