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Kenya is an amazing country to experience wildlife and to take in a gorgeous and diverse landscape. You can find everything from equatorial glaciers to tall mountains to extensive plains.
Many who visit Kenya opt to go on a safari, where they catch glimpses of animals like rhinos, elephants and lions. Hikers will find adventure with Mount Kenya, an impressive peak which offers both day hikes and more ambitious excursions.
Kenya has beautiful beaches that are welcoming to travelers looking for relaxation or to participate in watersports, including diving and snorkeling.
Culturally, Kenya also boasts impressive diversity, with more than 40 different ethnic groups with their own unique traditions.
Yes, some vaccines are recommended or required for Kenya. The CDC and WHO recommend the following vaccines for Kenya: typhoid, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, cholera, yellow fever, rabies, meningitis, and influenza.
The risk of contracting malaria for is considered moderate by the CDC. Travelers should consult a travel medicine specialist to determine the best antimalarial for their trip. Dengue and chikungunya are also present in the country. Be sure to bring and use mosquito repellents and netting.
Travelers should also discuss the risk of contacting yellow fever while in Kenya. Vaccination is available at Passport Health locations throughout the country.
Meningitis poses a risk to travelers to Kenya. Be sure you are vaccinated before leaving for your trip.
Visit our vaccinations page to learn more. Travel safely with Passport Health and schedule your appointment today by calling or book online now.
Kenya has had cholera outbreaks in recent years. Because of issues with sanitation and neighboring countries with outbreaks, cholera remains a very real threat for travelers to the African nation.
The CDC recommends visitors to Kenya receive a cholera vaccination before their trip. Vaccination is the best form of protection against the disease.
Passport Health clinics carry Vaxchora, the only cholera vaccine approved for use in the United States. Make sure you’re protected before you go.
U.S. citizens must have a visa to enter Kenya. Visitors should obtain their visa before arrival in the country.
Travelers must have a passport that is valid for at least three months past the intended date of departure.
For more information, see our Kenya visa page. Or contact a Passport Health Passport and Visa specialist by calling or by filling out our online form.
Kenya has a tropical climate, but weather and temperature will vary by region. In Nairobi, the average high temperature is typically in the 70s, with lows in the 50s. Temperatures stay relatively consistent in Kenya throughout the year.
The US government has issued a travel warning affecting travel to the border area between Somalia and Kenya due to threats by the terrorist group al-Shabaab. There is a risk of crime and terrorism throughout the country.
Travelers are advised to avoid large gatherings, as they are also prime sites for incidences of crime and terrorism.
Hundreds of people have died in terrorist attacks in Kenya since 2011. The State Department recommends travelers avoid travel to the following regions:
Home invasions, burglaries, armed carjackings, muggings and kidnappings have turned violent or fatal. Travelers should be aware they can happen at any time. Matatus, privately-operated buses, are often targeted.
Forced marriages occur and sexual assaults are prevalent. Scams are also frequent in Kenya.
All travelers should be aware of the risks, particularly from terrorists.
In Kenya, penalties for drug possession, trafficking, and use are severe. There are also strict rules about the sale and consumption of alcohol and cigarettes. Penalties for public intoxication are severe. Smoking is only permitted in public in designated areas.
Travelers who wish to import a firearm must obtain a permit.
Consensual same-sex sexual activity is criminalized in Kenya. LGBT travelers may face harassment and discrimination.
Customs regulations for importing or exporting religious materials, antiquities, currency, wildlife products and other items are strict. Travelers wishing to import or export special items should review these policies.
Under the Kenya Wildlife Service, all tour and safari operators must carry insurance. Travelers should confirm any tour company they plan to use has insurance and should check the safety record of a company and observe all local or park regulations. Travelers should review banned wildlife items under Kenya’s Wildlife Act.
Here are some essential items to consider for your trip to Kenya:
All Americans visiting Kenya should register online with the U.S. Department of State before departure. This will inform the office of your travel plans within the country and will allow them to reach out in the case of an emergency or evacuation.
Once in Kenya, here is the information for the U.S. Embassy:
U.S. Embassy Nairobi
United Nations Avenue Nairobi
P. O. Box 606 Village Market
00621 Nairobi, Kenya
Phone: 254 20 363-6000
Fax: 254 20 363-6157
Visit the Embassy to Kenya website before departure to confirm correct contact details for the office.
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