Travelers from the United States and most European nations will require a tourist visa, usually issued on arrival for a fee. The Kenya Department of Immigration’s website ( can provide further visa information.

Health and Safety

Kenya is generally a safe place for visitors, but it is a poor country. Take precautions against opportunistic crime such as pickpocketing or car theft. Avoid wearing expensive clothes and keep valuables out of sight. Women should stay off beaches, deserted areas and dark alleys at night. The area near the Somalia border is known to be violent and there have been kidnappings by terrorists who have taken them to Somalia. Visitors should regularly check travel warnings issued by your home country for news regarding trouble spots before departing to Kenya.

Avoid tap water, ice and uncooked food. Travelers coming from places with yellow fever will need an immunization certificate to enter the country. Vaccinations against hepatitis A and B, typhoid and polio are also recommended, as well as for meningococcal disease if visiting during June-December or going to rural areas. Visitors should take precautions against insect bites (use repellent, cover up and sleep in air-conditioned rooms) and should seek medical advice whether you need preventative medication for malaria or to get inoculated against rabies.