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, and this can be obtained on arrival at the international airports with a cash payment of US$50 (but this can cause delay as there are sometimes queues for the visa desks) or in advance from the Kenya High Commission. Until further notice, visas for adults have been reduced to $25 per trip and are free for children under-16. Passports should be valid for at least three months beyond the date of the end of your visit.

For further information and up-to-date entry requirements, see or contact the Kenyan High Commission:
Tel: 020 7636 2371/5
The Visa Service ( can also help you arrange your visa.

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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