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Once you obtain a visa to travel to Kenya, you need to adequately prepare for your trip depending on whether you are travelling for tourism, business or otherwise.


Kenya has two major points of entry by air- Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) in Nairobi, 16 kilometers from the City center, and Moi International Airport in Mombasa, 12 kilometers from the city center of Mombasa. Other international airports in Kenya include Eldoret International Airport and Kisumu International Airport. The main port of entry by sea is Mombasa. Many land entry ports are also available(www.immigration.go.ke)

Immigration & Customs

All visitors to Kenya must be in possession of a valid Passport and where applicable a valid Visa. Visa requirements vary from time to time and are dependent on the nationality of the visitor. Since it is essential that no visitor arrives without the correct documentation, check with your travel agent or contact the Kenya Embassy for the latest requirements. Visitors with the proper documentation, holding onward or return tickets, may obtain “Visitors Passes”, normally valid for three (3) months, on arrival at any Kenyan port of entry, free of charge. If the visitor does not hold an onward or return ticket, a refundable deposit may be demanded.

Note: Visitors are not allowed to take up work or residence in Kenya without the authority of the Director of Immigration Services.

Declaring of various Items & Plants/Plant Products on Arrival

It is mandatory that various items brought into the country be declared to Kenya’s Custom Officials. For more information, please visit the Kenya Revenue Authority, Customs Department by clicking here…  
Also, Plants/Plant products must be declared. The Kenya Plant Health Inspectorate Services (KEPHIS) is the Agency in Kenya with the mandate to protect Kenya's agriculture from pests and diseases that could impact upon the environment, economy and human health.
As provided under Plant Protection Act, (Cap 324) all travellers from abroad to Kenya are required to declare any plants/plant products or other regulated articles carried as part of their baggage (This includes hand-carried products and checked in baggage).
When you travel to Kenya
Pests and diseases can come into the country in the baggage of travellers from overseas devastating Kenya’s valuable agriculture and tourism industries and her unique environment.
There are 4 steps to entering Kenya that must be followed:
  1. Complete your passenger arrival card before entering Immigration control.
  2. Enter immigration control: Present your passport and also your passenger arrival card.
  3. Collect your baggage at the baggage halls. Your baggage may
    be inspected by the KEPHIS Inspectors.
  4. Import/Bio-security Control: Present your passenger arrival card to the KEPHIS Inspector. Declare all plants/plant products or other regulated articles in your possession whether they are accompanied by a Phyto-sanitary certificate (International model) or not.

Note that: All baggage is checked by X-Ray or searched by Customs and KEPHIS inspectors.
What you must declare on arrival

The following Plant and Plant items MUST be declared to a KEPHIS inspector no matter how free of pests and diseases they appear to be:

  • Food
  • All plants/plant products
  • Microbes whether for research or otherwise
  • Bio-control agents
  • Soils
  • Products of genetic modification
  • Packed meals

Items you declare will be returned to you after inspection. Some may be allowed in if accompanied by an Import Permit (issued by KEPHIS prior to arrival), or with treatment in KEPHIS Plant Quarantine Station to make them safe (fees and charges apply).
Alternatively, you can drop them in quarantine bins at the airport.
For more details on specific imported plant material click here…
NB: If any declarable items are found in your baggage and you have not declared them on your arrival, you will be contravening Cap 324 of Kenya’s Plant Protection Act and the law will be applied to prosecute you. Further, the consignment will also be destroyed.
The requirements on plant importations and in particular regulated and prohibited articles into Kenya are subject to change at any time and without prior notice. If in doubt please contact the KEPHIS Inspectors on duty or Contact the Managing Director, by visiting KEPHIS website.


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