| A visa is required for citizens of most countries to enter Kenya
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.) |
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
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
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)
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.
and links to Kenyan and Tanzanian embassies etc
Visa on arrival
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:
|·||Jomo Kenyatta International
Airport (NBO/HKJK), Nairobi|
Airport (MBA/HKMO), Mombasa|
|·||Kilimanjaro International Airport
International Airport (DAR/HTDA), Dar
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.