Planning & Packaging

It is often said that Kenya is a cold country with a hot sun, as the blend of high altitudes and tropical sun make for a unique and variable climate. This should be kept in mind when packing for a visit. Both temperatures and climate vary drastically from region to region and even throughout a single day.

Basically the traveller should come prepared for hot, cold, wet and dusty conditions. If you are travelling extensively throughout the country make sure that you bring suitable luggage. Suitcases and bags should be able to withstand plenty of handling and dusty conditions. Hard suitcases are ideal, but can take up a lot of space.
If you are travelling by domestic/chartered flights within Kenya, remember that there are luggage restrictions, particularly on smaller aircraft. Check in advance with your Charter airline or Safari/Tour operator.
For those planning a lot of travel by public transport or trekkers, a backpack is advisable. Bring a sturdy, well constructed pack with orthopaedic support and lockable zips and catches.
A small daypack is ideal for carrying cameras, travel documents and basic everyday items.

Health & Medical Requirements
A Certificate of inoculation against Yellow fever is required from travellers older than one year and originating from yellow fever endemic areas (i.e. along the tropics 20 N and 10 S. Visitors from the rest of the world are not affected.
You are advised to try and avoid mosquito bites by using repellant and by wearing suitable cover-up clothes in the evening.
Hotels and lodges supply clean drinking water but whenever in doubt, please insist on bottled mineral water from a certified source - this is readily available from most hotels and stores. Outside Nairobi and Mombasa, drinking water from the tap is not encouraged.

Visa Regulations and Requirements
Do I require a Visa?

There is no visa requirement for citizens of the Republic of Ireland and Commonwealth countries with EXCEPTION to citizens of the following countries who do require visas:

IrelandIre Land Ireland
1. Antigua 8. Malaysia (for over 30 days visit)
2. Bermuda 9. New Zealand (for over 30 days visit)
3. India 10. Nigeria
4. South Africa (for over 30days stay) 11.
5. Guyana 12. St. Christopher and Nevis
6. United Kingdom
13. Australia
7. Srilanka 14. Canada

 

Citizens of the following countries need to have a visa PRIOR to arriving in Kenya:

1. Afghanistan 8. Nigeria (residing outside Nigeria)
2. Somali 9. Cameroon
3. Lebanon 10. Pakistan
4. Iraq 11. North Korea
5. Syria 12. Azerbajan
6. Senegal 13. Iran
7. Mali

 

The following countries have concluded visa abolition agreement with Kenya:

Uruguay Visas are readily obtained at the Airport upon arrival as well as from the Kenya Embassies and High Commissions abroad prior to departure.
Transit Visa = US$10 per person
Single Entry Visa= US$25 for three months (extendable for a similar period) Multiple Entry Visa= US$55 – valid

Travel within East Africa
If you are intending to have a multiple destination tour within East Africa, please request for the "Visitors Pass" upon arrival at the Airport. The Visitors Pass allows free RE-ENTRY to Kenya if you are travelling WITHIN East Africa (Uganda/Tanzania/Zanzibar). You will however be required to pay the normal visa charges for the other countries but may re-enter Kenya freely.
The Visitors Pass is stamped on the passport free of charge for full visa holders.

Security
The Kenyan tourist circuit tends to be very safe for tourists. This has been due to concerted efforts by stakeholders to ensure that visitors enjoy their stay without any security concerns

KENYA NATIONAL TOURISM SAFETY AND INFORMATION CENTRE

The tourism industry in Kenya takes visitor safety very seriously and considers all aspects of the tourist's stay in Kenya. For this reason, the industry created a Safety and Communication Center under the auspices of the Kenya Tourism Federation (KTF), which is operated 24hrs a day to monitor visitor safety. The Safety Center is the brainchild of the leading tourism trade associations comprising the Kenya Associations of:- Tour Operators (KATO), Hotelkeepers and Caterers (KAHC), Travel Agents (KATA), Budget hotels (KBHA), Air Operators (KAAO) as well as Mombasa and Coast Tourism Association (MCTA).
The Safety and Communication Center is manned by well-trained staff who are at hand to attend to any issues of concern to tourists.
These include security, health, road conditions, travel advisories and updates etc. Most tourism operators are members of the Safety and Communication Center and are regularly updated on issues that are of importance to them.
There is a 24hr TOURIST HELPLINE (020 - 604767) where one can seek assistance in case of need. Many Tour Operators are also connected to the Center by HF Radios which makes access while on safari very easy.