Most nationalities require a visa to enter Kenya. Visas can be obtained either on arrival at your port of entry or in advance online. The online process takes around 48hrs and you need to register as a visitor on the website below and follow the instructions. You will be asked to upload a passport photo and a scan copy of your passport and then pay the applicable fee. All types of visa can be applied for including single journey, transit and an East Africa visa that covers Kenya, Rwanda and Uganda. Once processed you will receive email confirmation and your visa can be downloaded. Refer to … evisa.go.ke If you are asked on your Visa Application or Entry Certificate for ‘local contact details’, you can simply put the details of your first lodge and the phone number provided on your confirmation paperwork. Be sure that you passport is stamped with the correct departure date or you could encounter serious problems. We cannot be held responsible for the accuracy of this information. Please be sure to check for updates from the relevant authorities. Please note that getting a visa on arrival can involve waiting in line for a period, which can be quite tedious after a long flight. You may therefore consider using a specialist agency to help you get your visa in advance, although there is an additional cost involved. Our customers from the US particularly recommend … www.travisa.com
We are not health professionals, all of the health information provided here is for guidance only. For definitive advice you need to speak to your doctor. Travellers to Africa generally need to be aware of four main health issues in advance of making a reservation … Insurance Malaria Medical kits Vaccinations Please also refer to other sections in the resources area which relate to health issues which may be encountered whilst travelling … Whilst it may be useful to read through all of these, you do need to be careful not to put yourself off going … so long as you take the necessary precautions, serious health issues as a result of travel are very rare.
The currency in Kenya is the Kenyan Shilling. Approximate exchange rate : USD 1 = KES 85 This cannot usually be exchanged back into hard currency, so whatever you change you will have to either spend, give away or take home. It is worth noting that your on-the-ground expenditure in most parts of Africa should not be as high as you might be used on other trips since all of your accommodation is pre-paid, with many of your meals and activities also being included. We recommend taking a modest amount of cash US$, a small proportion of which you can change into local currency. Then back this up with debit and credit cards. Virtually all major cash payments can be settled in US$. Note that some US$ banknotes may not be accepted due to the high levels of counterfeit currency in circulation in Africa. We recommend that you only travel with US$ bills dated 2006 or later. A small amount of KSh can come in handy for small purchases at roadside stalls and stores. Exchanging US$ for KSh is possible in most locations, although exchange rates will vary. Larger, newer and better condition US$ bills generally attract a better exchange rate. Other hard currencies can be used, notably Euro, although may be subject to more unfavourable rates of exchange. Credit and debit cards are now accepted at most major stores and lodges and can be used to make payments. Virtually all locations charge a significant premium for using a card, 5% to 10% is common, higher rates in excess of 25% can be encountered. Travellers checks are no longer widely accepted. It may be significantly easier and cheaper to carry cash, but this does obviously heighten the risk of loss or theft. Refer to the section on crime for more information. There are very few cash machines or ATM’s, except in the major urban centres, where banks can also be found. If you ever run out of money, then your safari operator or lodge owner should be able to bail you out, with our assistance where necessary. When trying to assess exactly how much cash to take, most people seem to settle on somewhere between US$50 and US$200 per person per day. The more you take, the more you are likely to bring back home with you. It is more a case of how much you feel comfortable carrying. Note that your largest expenditure is likely to be tips, which could exceed US$25 per person per day.