Fast Facts: Kenya

Below are some of the most common questions from our travelers.

Do I need a passport? What is required for entry?

U.S. citizens must have a passport which is valid for at least six months after your return date, with at least three blank pages.

U.S. passport holders must have a visa to enter Kenya, obtained prior to arrival through the Kenya eVisa webste or through a fee-based visa service such as our preferred provider VisaHQ. Consult the Embassy of Kenya or the U.S. Dept. of State website for more information.

Booked on one of our packages with Scheduled Dates? We will send visa instructions for U.S. passport holders.

If you do not hold a U.S. passport, you are responsible for obtaining any necessary visas and meeting all entry requirements. If a visa is required, we recommend using a fee-based visa service, such as our preferred provider VisaHQ.

More information about passports & visas.

What is the weather like?

With the exception of the months of April and May which are very wet, Kenya is a year-round destination. Most of Kenya is at higher elevations which alleviates the heat. Still take a sweater or jacket year-round for cooler treks and cooler nights.

Check out the current weather conditions in Kenya.

Are there any health precautions I should take?

Travelers to Kenya who are coming from a country where Yellow Fever is present are required to carry certificates of vaccination against Yellow Fever in order to enter the country. You can find comprehensive information about Yellow Fever by logging on to the CDC site.

According to the World Health Organization, Malaria risk exists throughout the year in the whole country. There is normally little risk in the city of Nairobi and in the highlands (above 2500 m) of Central, Eastern, Nyanza, Rift Valley and Western provinces. Recommended prophylaxis: mefloquine.

Consult your doctor about taking additional vaccinations for polio, typhoid, and hepatitis.

Center for Disease Control
World Health Organization

What is the currency?

The currency in Kenya is the shilling. Please review the current exchange rate for the shilling.

ATMs are everywhere in most cities.

Are tips & service charges customary?

Add 10% to the bill in restaurants, except where a service charge has been included. Tip bellhops 20 KSh per bag.

What are the best items to shop for?

Shop for wood carvings of animals and people, sisal baskets, Masai and Kikuyu beadwork, hand-woven sarong fabric, soapstone, gourds, ebony carvings, batik wall hangings, tanzanite gemstones, and malachite. Some of the best handcrafts of Kenya and other countries in Africa are sent to Nairobi. Visit artist cooperatives to buy directly from artists.

There have been problems with not receiving souvenirs shipped home, so we advise you carry them home in your luggage.

What are the voltage requirements?

240 volts. Plug G. You will need a voltage converter and plug adapter in order to use U.S. appliances. We recommend getting a universal adapter and converter kit. View more information about electrical standards around the world.

Can I take my cell phone?

See our blog post on using your cell phone abroad.