In this page you will find practical information for travelling to Kenya and Tanzania: Visa, Money, Getting around, Climate, Communications and Other facts about your photographic safari.
Currently all travelers who do not require a referred visa in advance have two options to obtain a tourist visa:
– On arrival at international airports or gazetted land borders. This visa will be stamped onto your passport showing the dates of issue and expiry.
– By applying online on the governments’ portal http://evisa.go.ke/evisa.html. Under normal circumstances, you should receive a reply in your online account within two working days. In rare cases, it may take up to a maximum of seven working days. Because of this we recommend applying at least two weeks earlier but not too early as the online visa is valid for only three months from the date it is issued.
The two systems, manual visa on arrival and e-visa, are currently running concurrently. Visitors must be aware that policy may change soon with a shift to e-visa as the only visa system.
E-visas MUST be applied online and paid for prior to entry into Kenya. The email approval after online application and payment may take up to one or two working days. Please follow the online instructions. You will be required to upload a recent colour photograph, the scanned copy of the main page of your passport, and pay by Visa, Mastercard or any other credit/debit card.
The advantage of e-visa is, in theory, saving time on arrival at the airport. However, be aware that you will still have to cue at the e-Visa Counter to have both your e-visa printout and passport stamped. Please remember to print a copy of the e-Visa to carry with your passport.
All visa requirements will also apply to children under 16 years who were previously exempted.
Travelers who do not require a referred visa will have two options to obtain a tourist visa:
– On arrival at international airports or designated land borders. This visa is in the form of a sticker showing the dates of issue and expiry.
– From a Tanzanian Embassy or diplomatic mission in their country of residence. This may take some time, so you will have to make the request well in advance.
The currency unit is the Kenya Shilling (KSh or KES). Notes in circulation come in denominations of KSh 50, 100, 200, 500 and 1,000. KSh 1, 5, 10, 20 and 40 are available in coins.
There are no restrictions on the import or export of local or foreign currency. However, amounts exceeding USD 5,000 or equivalent in other currencies per person must be declared upon arrival/ departure indicating the source and the purpose of this amount.
Average exchange rate Euro – KSh: 108 (1 Euro = 108 KSh; 10 Euro = 1,080 KSh; 100 Euro = 10,800 KSh)
Average exchange rate USD – KSh: 94 (1 USD = 94 KSh; 10 USD = 940 KSh; 100 USD = 9,400 KSh)