US Citizens Traveling To Kenya*
Valid at time of entry and your passport must be valid for at least six months beyond your planned date of departure from the Kenya.
Blank Passport Pages
Two pages required.
Kenyan Immigration has instituted a strict visa policy whereby all visitors are strongly encouraged to obtain visas by using an online system, though visas are available upon arrival at international ports of entry including Nairobi’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport.
Proof of Yellow Fever vaccination is required. Please consult with your physician if you have any health concerns or questions.
Arrival and Departure Airport
Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (NB0) is the international airport in Kenya
When you arrive, you will take a bus from the plane to the arrivals area, where you’ll go through immigration. If you bought the E-Visa, you will see the three lines that are cleverly marked E-Visa. Look at the lines closely and see how many people are working at each station, some have 1 and some have two attendants, the line with two workers does go faster. 🙂
You do need a visa for entry into Nairobi. As of today, it costs $50. As I said before it is possible to buy your visa in advance, in my experience it is usually faster to buy it in person at the airport. Here is the link, if you would prefer purchasing your Visa in advance.
Once you are through there, you will go and get your checked baggage and then leave the baggage area and go outside to find your driver from Gamewatchers. When you exit the baggage area, follow the ramp to the end ignoring the people that you will see before the rock-walled ramp ends. Just say no thank you to anyone that asks if you want a taxi. When you are clear of the ramp, you will see a line of people with signs on your right. One of them will have your name. Just say Jambo or hello, introducing yourself and he’ll take you to the hotel for a great nights sleep. Easy Peasy!
The driver will also give you a Gamewatchers package that has valuable information included, not just promo stuff. Your driver will also tell you what time to expect your pick up the next morning.
You will need cash for things like souvenirs, incidentals, gratuities etc. US dollars are widely accepted, however be aware it needs to be new money! Please note that due to the number of fake notes in circulation, no US currency printed before 2003 is accepted in Kenya and, in fact, your safest bet is to carry notes printed after 2006. Your money also should be clean, they will often refuse bills that are torn or even creased. The safe things is to go to your bank and ask for uncirculated currency. This sometimes requires advance notice for your bank branch to place an order.
On big trips like this, I cannot stress enough how important it is to have trip insurance. I always use trip insurance for my travels. It’s so much easier and with so many more benefits when you compare it with your insurance. I’ve found the costs to be reasonable given the benefits. I use Travel Guard when I travel and even though; I’ve not had a claim they were helpful and easy to deal with on the phone.
*Information for US citizens travel to Kenya was obtained from the US Department of State and was valid as of October, 2017. If you are traveling to Kenya from another country, please check with your embassy to check the travel requirements for your country.