Entry & Exit Requirements
U.S. and Canadian citizens must have a valid passport to enter Kenya. Passports must be valid for at least six months after the date of entry.
A visa is required. The visa application and payment must be submitted online prior to travel. Visit www.ecitizen.go.ke to complete the visa application. Once you receive your approval via email, you must download and print the eVisa and carry it with you when you travel. Visas cannot be obtained upon arrival at the airport in Nairobi or via the Kenyan Embassy or consulates. The visa fee is $50 USD for a single-entry visa and $100 USD for a multiple-entry visa. These fees are subject to change at any time.
If you are not traveling with a U.S. passport, please check with the Kenyan Embassy for the requirements based on your nationality.
The Centers for Disease Control recommends that all travelers be up to date on routine vaccinations such as measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine, diphtheria-pertussis-tetanus vaccine, varicella (chicken pox) vaccine, and your yearly flu shot before every trip.
There are no vaccinations required for entry into Kenya.
Some physicians recommend that travelers get hepatitis A and typhoid vaccines before visiting Kenya.
Yellow fever is a risk in certain parts of Kenya. The CDC recommends the yellow fever vaccine if you are traveling to these areas.
Meningitis can be a risk during the dry season (December-July). If you are traveling during these months, your physician may recommend a meningitis vaccine.
Please consult your physician for additional information and recommendations based on your individual circumstances.
The CDC warns that travelers to East Africa may be at risk for exposure to malaria. Malaria is caused by a parasite found in Anopheles mosquitos, which are active from dusk until dawn. Prevention is twofold: the use of anti-malarial drugs and the prevention of insect bites. If you choose to use an anti-malarial drug, as recommended by the CDC, see your physician for a prescription.
The effects of the sun can be damaging to the eyes and skin and spending time outdoors exposes you to the sun’s harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays, even on cloudy days. To protect yourself from the sun, use a broad spectrum sunscreen of at least SPF 15, protect skin with clothing, wear a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses, and drink plenty of fluids.