Travel Tips

Visa

Visitors from common wealth countries (except Nigeria, Australia, Sri Lanka and British Passport holders who are subject to control under the Migration Act 1971), Denmark, Ethiopia, Germany, Italy, Spain, Turkey and Uruguay DO NOT require visas to enter Kenya. Nationals of other countries other than those listed above should obtain visas from a Kenyan Embassy or Consulate in their country or from a British Embassy where there’s no Kenyan Diplomatic Mission. Visa applications should be made at least thirty days prior to the date of departure.Visitors are not allowed to engage in any paid or unpaid employment during their stay in Kenya except with written permission from the Department of Immigration.

Health

Visitors to Kenya arriving from yellow fever and cholera infested areas MUST have vaccination certificates. Malaria is a rare in Nairobi and the highlands but prevalent in the hot and humid low altitude areas around the coast, lake Victoria and the Savannah. Prescribed dosage of Malaria Prophylactics should be taken two weeks before travel, during in Kenya and continued for two weeks after your departure.

Clothing

At the coast during the daytime, beachwear is acceptable while in the hotel or on the beach. Light cotton dresses or shirts are recommend when walking around the city. While on safari,’’safari suit’’ are the most suitable attire and in the evenings if in Highlands, warm clothing is essential. For Nairobi and the Highlands lightweight clothing and dresses suitable throughout the year except during the cooler months of June to August when warmer clothing is advisable.

Currency

. There are no restrictions on the foreign exchange you may bring into the country. However, if you wish to take out of the country amounts exceeding Ksh 500,000 you require written authorization from Central Bank of Kenya. Defacement of the Kenya currency is an indictable offence.Visitors should change any surplus Kenya currency at a bank or bureau de change prior to their departure. Banks making this transaction may wish to see the original receipts issued when foreign currency was exchanged. Major international cards are acceptable.

Advance booking

. Advance booking is advisable if you are planning to visit Kenya during the high season (December to March). Accommodation tariffs are lower during low season between April and July.