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Planning your safari:
Visa and passport
A visa is required for citizens of most countries to enter Kenya or Tanzania. One visa is required for Kenya, a different one for Tanzania. (There have been discussions on introducing one common visa for East Africa, but it has not happened yet.)

Zanzibar Island is part of Tanzania, i.e. you need a Tanzanian visa to go there.

You also need a passport that remains valid for six months after your planned departure from Kenya or Tanzania.

There are special transit visas (costing less than tourist visas) if you are just passing through the country without visiting it.

New entry rules: Yellow fever vaccination
From early 2008, visitors to Tanzania arriving from countries where yellow fever is present are now required to show a yellow fever vaccination certificate at the airport.

More about vaccinations

New visa fee for Kenya
From 1 July 2011, the fee for a single-entry visa (normal tourist visa) is doubled to USD 50 for most foreign visitors. The corresponding visa for Tanzania is also USD 50.

Visa from the embassy (option #1)
You may obtain a visa from the Kenyan or Tanzanian embassy, high commission or consulate accredited to handle your home country.

Please contact the embassy, high commission or consulate for instructions. The procedures and visa fees may vary depending on your country, citizenship etc.

Addresses and links to Kenyan and Tanzanian embassies etc

Visa on arrival (option #2)
Visas can also be obtained at the main points of entry to Kenya and Tanzania. Most safari-goers arrive at one of the following points of entry, where visas may be issued:

Entering Kenya:
·Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (NBO/HKJK), Nairobi
·Moi International Airport (MBA/HKMO), Mombasa
 
Entering Tanzania:
·Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO/HTKJ), Arusha/Kilimanjaro
·Julius Nyerere International Airport (DAR/HTDA), Dar es Salaam
·Zanzibar International Airport (ZNZ/HTZA), Zanzibar
 
Between Kenya and Tanzania:
·The border post in Namanga on the main road between Nairobi in Kenya and Arusha in Tanzania.

When getting your visa at points of entry, you don't need to bring any extra passport pictures (which are required when applying for a visa at an embassy etc). If possible, bring the exact change for the visa fee. Make sure only to deal with the staff at the official Kenyan or Tanzanian visa counters. Anyone offering you a fast lane is probably trying to scam you.

 
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