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Kenya - Health AND Travel Advice
- Hepatitis A
- Typhoid Fever
- Meningococcal meningitis
Yellow Fever Yellow Fever Certificate is required for entry into Kenya if travelling from a Yellow Fever infected area. This includes passengers transiting through an infected area.
Malaria Malaria is endemic all year round throughout Kenya and is chloroquine resistant, hence adequate prophylaxis is vitally important.
Your passport needs to be valid for at least 6 months at the time of travel and Kenya is now strictly enforcing a 'blank page, condition of entry' policy. Hence you are advised to have at least 2 blank pages in your passport on arrival in Kenya. Failure to meet this requirement could result in your entry being refused.
Visas are required for most EU member states. Visas for UK citizens can be obtained from the Kenyan High Commission in London or on arrival at Jomo Kenyatta Airport. If purchasing your visa at the airport, be prepared for a possible delay and make sure that you have U$50 in cash available to make payment as no other currencies are accepted.
The Kenya government will continue charging $25 for a single entry Visa, for all visitors until 1st July 2011. The waiver on visa fees for children under the age of 16 years will remain in force for the same period. Regular visitors to Kenya should consider obtaining a multiple visa valid for one year currently only £30.
Tap water in Kenya is not recommended for the use of drinking water. Always use bottled mineral water, which is widely available, for drinking and brushing teeth.
The local currency is the Kenyan Shilling (KES) which is divided into 100 cents, however mainly notes are in circulation. The exchange rate is approximately US$1= 80 KES, £1= 115 KES and €1= 100 KES.
Credit Cards are not always accepted in Kenya. Only a few ATMs are available for cash withdrawals, in the major cities (accepting Visa and Master card). VISA and MasterCard are normally accepted in the better hotels, lodges, restaurants and tourist shops in Kenya, however be aware that they may charge very high commission rates (up to 10%). Note that reliance, especially away from major centres, should not be placed on credit card transactions being available at all places.
Internet and email facilities are now widely available in most towns and cities in Kenya although connection speeds can be very slow. Kenya uses 230V electricity but encounters frequent power cuts. Plugs and sockets vary, but are usually the British three-square-pin or European two-round-pin types.
The Kenyan time zone is GMT+3, meaning that during the summer time period in Europe, Kenya is 2 hours ahead of the UK and 1 hour ahead of most other Western European countries.
For more general health & travel advice, packing tips and travel insurance, please check our Travel Planning section.