Kenya : Factfile


GMT + 3 hours


Most people speak Kiswahili as well as their own tribal language. English is commonly spoken in the major towns and at all lodges and hotels


The monetary unit in Kenya is the Kenyan Shilling (KSh = 100 cents) but the US$ is also widely used.


British Airways, Kenya Airways, KLM, Emirates, Virgin

Flight time from UK

Approximately 8.5 hours

Visa requirements

All UK, Australian, Canadian, USA and EU passport holders need a visa to enter Kenya. As of the 1st of September 2015 it is compulsory to apply for an e-visa which is an online visa at which you must bring with you. You will not be able to buy one on arrival at the airport. Visitors are advised to register their application well in advance since approval may take up to seven working days to process. As of February the 1st 2016 children 15 and under will not need a visa.

Your passport must be valid for 6 months from date of arrival and have at least one blank page.

Please note you may now purchase a joint visa for Kenya, Rwanda and Uganda for $100.

CIBT: If you would like help applying for your visas in advance, to any other countries, you can download a form online at

Health requirements

Kenya is generally considered a healthy place to travel, but you will need certain immunisations and malaria prophylaxes before you travel. You will also need to be immunised against Yellow Fever and they will ask you to produce a certificate on entry. You should seek advice regarding all inoculations and health precautions from your doctor or travel clinic as soon as your departure date is known.

The MASTA (Medical Advisory Services for Travellers Abroad) website (09068 224100) will give you up-to-date immunisation and malarial advice, and give you the location of your nearest Travel Clinic.

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