Do I need a visa?
Virtually all visitors to Kenya will need a visa to enter the country however this can be issued on arrival at the airport on payment of a cash sum, currently US$50. We recommend carrying at least this amount per person travelling plus a few extra American dollars for emergencies.
Visitors are also required to have at least two blank pages in their passport which must be valid for 6 months beyond your expected departure date from Kenya.
As of 2nd July 2015 UK and Irish citizens may apply for their visas in advance via the e-visa porta www.ecitizen.go.ke. As advice can change on a regular basis we recommend you check with the advice issued by your government’s State Department or Foreign Office before you set off on your journey.
How about cash?
The currency in Kenya is the Kenyan Shilling. The Shilling is readily accepted for both large and small transactions however you will need US$50 in cash per person to pay for your visa upon arrival in the country. The authorities at the airport will accept payment in Euros and British Pounds however amounts may vary and they are less likely to have exact change. Credit cards are not accepted at the airport!
ATMs are available at the main international airports and in the larger towns however these reportedly can struggle with non-Kenyan cards so we recommend obtaining some Shillings before you depart for small purchases while you’re in transit (or if you plan on spending any time in Nairobi).
Most hotels, lodges and camps accept payment by debit card and credit cards (usually with an additional 3-5% surcharge).