Transport

Travel Documents

Visitors to Kenya require a visa unless they come from one of the visa exempt countries. Citizens of the following 43 countries can visit Kenya with no visa for stays up to 90 days (unless otherwise noted): Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Botswana, Brunei, Burundi, Cyprus, Dominica, Eswatini, Ethiopia, Fiji, Gambia, Ghana, Grenada, Jamaica, Kiribati, Lesotho, Malawi, Malaysia (30 days), Maldives, Mauritius, Namibia,  Nauru, Papua New Guinea, Rwanda, Samoa, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, San Marino, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Solomon Islands, South Africa (30 days), Tanzania, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Tuvalu, Uganda, Vanuatu, Zambia, Zimbabwe.

The other African countries and the rest of the world must apply for the e-Visa: http://evisa.go.ke/evisa.html. The Kenya e-Visa is valid for 90 days after issued. Once you present yourself to immigration control at the port of entry, you may be issued with a stay not exceeding. Each adult visitor to the Republic of Kenya is required to submit an e-Visa application.

Each applicant will need to have the following documents when applying for an eVisa:

  • A national passport with a validity of not less than 6 months on the intended date of entry.
  • A digital biometric passport photo.
  • A credit card.
  • The flight booking and/or travel itinerary and other supporting documents.

All visitors must hold a passport valid for 6 months.

You don’t need a return ticket to enter Kenya. Though you do have to say that you intend to return to your own country on the application form. In Kenya, each visitor must receive yellow fever vaccination before entering the country.

Airport Transport

Nairobi has two airports that receive international flights: Jomo Kenyatta International Airport and Wilson Airport. Upon arrivals, you will go through immigration office for the purposes of clearance before getting into the country. There are transport services from the airport to any hotels offering accommodation within Nairobi metropolitan.

Public Transport

Kenya has a good public transport network served by buses and matatus (minibuses), taxis and motorcycle and local tricycles (tuktuks), so you would be able to reach most areas. Matatus are the main way of getting around for many Kenyans. Fares are cheap by western standards. They run from recognised ‘stages’ in towns, but will stop on the roadside to pick people up (if they have space). Matatus don’t run to a timetable, they will wait at the stage until they are full before leaving.

Taxis

Taxis can be found in almost every town in Kenya. In bigger cities like Nairobi and Mombasa, taxis can be found at basically every street corner, as well as outside restaurants and bars. Negotiate and agree a price in advance. Tipping is not mandatory but is customary for good service

Booking Apps

Most taxi apps in Kenya are mainly available on Android since Android is the dominant mobile operating system in Kenya with over 90% of smartphones in Kenya running on Android.

  1. Uber Taxi – operated by Uber, the global pioneer in this industry. They also offer the first ride free.
  2. Taxify App – an Estonian initiative that partnered with the Kenya Taxi Cab Association in response to Uber entering the market.
  3. Little Cab App – owned by Kenya’s largest mobile phone operator, Safaricom and developed by Craft Silicon, a successful Kenyan tech firm. They also offer the first ride free.
  4. Pewin Cabs: From airport transfer to booking a bus or van for staff members or family members, individual trips, executive traveling. Like Uber and Taxify, one can download it from Google Play Store or App Store.