Before you buy your airline ticket to Kenya, you want to be sure you have everything you need or will be able to get it once you arrive in Kenya. Depending on your nationality or country of origin, you may need to apply for and get a visa before visiting Kenya. It is important that you do so immediately upon making the decision to travel, and that you make sure your visa does not expire during your travel. You can apply for and get a Kenya visa from your nearest Kenyan embassy or consulate.
Not everyone needs a Kenya visa. You can view a full list of countries and nationals who need and do not need a Kenya visa. If you are an American or European citizen, you will need a visa to enter Kenya.
Also, make sure you have a current and valid passport, that it is not about to expire. Expect that your passport could take up to six weeks to arrive, so make sure you plan well in advance for your passport needs. As a rule, your passport should expire no sooner than six months before the end your travel.
When making preparations for your passport, it is advisable to make several copies of the actual passport or visa (in addition to the original). This is for your own safety because the last thing you want to do is to be out of your home country without any way to provide proof of your identity, should you lose your passport. You should leave one of the copies at home before you travel, just in case. When you travel with the original passport, always keep it locked up safely, in a hotel safe or other secure location.
Before you leave for Kenya, make sure you have the following:
- Valid Passport
- Arrival Ticket
- Return Ticket
- Adequate Funds
- Visa (if required)