If you are interested in visiting Kenya for the first time, you have come to the right place. Today I will not only be sharing what you need to enter Kenya but also linking the websites for you to locate those things.

This list will not discuss plane tickets, accommodations, gadgets, etc. Instead I am going to lay out the things you need to legally enter the country of Kenya.

Friendly reminder friends, Africa is a continent.

1. Passport

As many of you know, you need a passport to travel across countries. You can use this website to find additional information on applying for or renewing a U.S Passport. This site also contains a link for applying for a U.S Passport from outside of the United States, if that is something you need. For those who already have a passport that is currently still valid, it is important to note that in order to enter Kenya your passport must be valid for 6 months after your trip and have at minimum 2 empty pages.

If you need to apply for a passport last minute, you have the option to pay for an expedited passport. It is important that you have the dates of travel as they process the expedited passports by date of travel.

2. E-visa

This is the easiest part in my opinion. Applying for the e-visa is easy, inexpensive, and quick. You can do so here. I would recommend doing this after you have secured everything for the trip to ensure that you have all required information to input into the application.

There are multiple visa options; however, if you are traveling to Kenya for a specific amount of time (less than 90 days) and will then be returning home you can apply for the Single Entry Visa.

The e-visa is less than $60 and takes at most 3 days for approval. However, I applied at night and had an approval the very next morning via email.

3. Vaccinations

This varies. When I initially decided to go to Kenya, the Yellow Fever vaccination was required and so was the COVID vaccine. A month before my trip, I checked requirements again and neither were required, only recommended.

I used various websites to frequently check requirements for entry but the Embassy of Kenya’s website is a great place to start as it has a lot of important information and resources.

You can also call your health insurance company and request to speak with the travel nurse/travel clinic. They will be able to use your travel dates and locations to inform you of health related requirements and recommendations. They can also get you scheduled for appointments to ensure that you can have everything taken care of before you travel. While they may be able to get you in last minute, I recommend reaching out at least 2 weeks in advance.

Super excited that you are interested in visiting Africa and even more excited that you have chosen to visit Kenya!! I hope that your experience is just as amazing and life changing as mine was.

If this is your first time visiting Nairobi, Kenya be sure to check out my guide for anyone traveling to Kenya for the first time.


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