Linger Longer in Kenya

About Kenya

Planning and packing

It is often said that Kenya is a cold country with a hot sun, as the blend of high altitudes and tropical sun make for a unique and variable climate. This should be kept in mind when packing for a visit.

Time, Public Holidays and Business Hours

Kenya has a single time zone- which is GMT+3. Most businesses in Kenya are open from Monday to Friday, though some also trade on Saturday. Business hours are generally 9:00am to 5:00pm, closing for an hour over lunch (1:00pm – 2:00pm).

Currency

The official currency is the Kenya Shilling. The written abbreviation is either KSh or using /= after the amount (ie 500/=)

Photographic Guide

Kenya is one of the great photographer’s destinations. The great diversity of landscapes, people, wildlife and history make for unparalleled photo opportunities.

Electricity

The electricity supply in Kenya is 220/240 v 50hz. Plugs are 3 point square. If you are planning to bring a video camera charger or any other electrical advice, please bring voltage and plug adaptors where appropriate.

Communication

Telecommunications – Kenya has a good network of telephone, cellular and satellite connections. Work is under way to expand this network and introduce fibre optic cables.

Learn Swahili

JAMBO is one of the most common words you will hear spoken throughout Kenya. This is the simplest Swahili greeting, and is often the first word learned by visitors to Kenya.

Health Information

It is advisable to travel with a small medical kit that includes any basic remedies you may need, such as antacids, painkillers, anti-histamines and cold remedies.

Visa and entry procedures for event participants:

All participants from states for which Kenyan visa requirements apply will be granted an entry visa by the Kenya Government, upon application.

Participants will be provided with full information on-line to determine whether they are required to obtain a Kenyan entry visa.  The issuance will be facilitated  through prior communication to all diplomatic missions/and or consular representation of the participants’s country of residence to fast track the granting of entry visas.

Facilitation of issuance upon arrival will be made for the participants residing in countries in which Kenya has no diplomatic and/or consular representation.

BANKING FACILITIES

Following the foreign currency liberalization in the recent past, there is no limit in transfer of foreign currency both ways. Liberalization of the banking sector has opened opportunities for FOREX bureaus. The FOREX bureaus are open from 8am-5pm and charge varying commissions, others don’t charge any. Also mainstream banks provide Foreign Exchange services as well. All main currencies are available and the exchange rates are foreign currency market driven and vary from day to day.

TAXATION, CUSTOMS AND DUTIES

Kenya will grant exemptions for goods imported or purchased before clearance through customs for the conference.  Kenya Red Cross will seek to get exemptions from goods and equipment imported for official use.

Proper procedures will be advised to the relevant parties, and adequate support and staff provided to ensure the smooth operations with respect to taxation, customs and duties.

PROTOCOL AND SECURITY

A Visa Service will be established at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport to receive and offer special services to all participants.  This will include but not limited to establishment of designated immigration desk for the participants, accompaniment by protocol officers in visa processing and ensuring smooth passage at the customs area, welcome/return desk for all participants on arrival and departure and deployment of security personnel at the airport and airport VIP lounge access for all VIPs.

The Government of Kenya will ensure all dignitaries are received in accordance with established protocol procedures and extended to the standard protocol courtesies.

For participants who may want to have a multiple destination tour within East Africa, necessary facilitation will be done upon arrival at the Airport.  One of the possibilities is the issuance of a Visitors Pass which allows free RE-ENTRY to Kenya if the participants holding full visas will want to travel within East Africa (Uganda/Tanzania/Zanzibar).

The Government of Kenya has recently established a Diplomatic Police Unit and full service of the Unit will be deployed for the comfort of our guests.

Annex 2: KENYA MISSIONS ABROAD

  1. Africa
ADDIS ABABA EMBASSY OF THE REPUBLIC OF KENYA, ADDIS ABABA
FIKRE MARIAM ROAD,
HIHER 16 KEBELLE 01,
P. O. Box 3301
ADDIS ABABA, ETHIOPIA
Telephone: 000-251-1-610033
Telex: 21103 KEREP ET
Telegram: KENYAREP ADDIS ABABA
Fax: 000-251-1-611433Email: Kenya.embassy@telecom.net.etOther countries of Accreditation: Republic of Djibouti, OAU.
CAIRO EMBASSY OF THE REPUBLIC OF KENYA, CAIRO
7 EL MOHANDESSEEN, GIZA, CAIRO
P. O. Box 362 Dokki, EGYPT.
Telephone: 000-20-2-3453628/3453907
Telex: 92021
Telegram: KENYAREP CAIRO
Fax: 000-20-2-3443400
Email: embaci@hotmail.com
Other countries of Accreditation: Kingdom of Morocco, Tunisia
Democratic People’s Republic of Algeria, State of Eritrea
DAR-ES-SALAAM HIGH COMMISSION OF THE REPUBLIC OF KENYA, DAR-ES-SALAAM
14TH FLOOR,
N.I.C iNVESTMENT HOUSE,
SAMORA AVENUE,
P. O. Box 5231, DAR-ES-SALAAM, TANZANIA
Telephone: 007-22-2112955-7, 2112811
Telex: 41700
Telegram: KENYAREP DAR-ES-SALAAM
Fax: 007-22-2113098
Email: khc@raha.com
GABORONE HIGH COMMISSION OF THE REPUBLIC OF KENYA, GABORONE
5373, PRESIDENT’S DRIVE
PRIVATE BAG BO 297
GABORONE, BOTSWANA
Telephone: 000-267-351408/430
Telex: 2576 BD
Fax: 000-267-351409
Email: Kenya@info.BW
Other countries of Accreditation:
HARARE HIGH COMMISSION OF THE REPUBLIC OF KENYA, HARARE
95 PARK LANE
P.O BOX 4069, HARARE, ZIMBABWE
Telephone: 000-263-4-704820, 704833, 704932, 705101
Telex: 24266 KENYA ZW
Telegram:KENYAREP HARARE
Fax: 000-263-4-723042
Email: kenhicom@africaonline.co.zw
Accreditation: Kingdom of Lesotho, People’s Republic of Mozambique, Kingdom of Swaziland.
KAMPALA HIGH COMMISSION OF THE REPUBLIC OF KENYA, KAMPALA
PLOT NO. 41, NAKASERO ROAD,
P. O. Box 5220, KAMPALA, UGANDA.
Telephone: 006-41-258235/6
Telex: 61191
Fax: 006-41-258239
Telegram: KENYAREP KAMPALA
KHARTOUM EMBASSY OF THE REPUBLIC OF KENYA, KHARTOUM
STREET 3, AMARAT
P. O. Box 8242, KHARTOUM, SUDAN
Telephone: 000-249-11-460386
Telex: 0984-22900
Fax: 000-249-11-472264
KIGALI EMBASSY OF THE REPUBLIC OF KENYA, RWANDA
PRIMA 2000 APARTMENT 202 B.P. 6159
KIGALI, RWANDA
Telephone: 000-250-583173
Telegram: KENYAREP RWANDA
Fax: 000-250-510919
Other countries of Accreditation: Republic of Burundi
KINSHASA EMBASSY OF THE REPUBLIC OF KENYA, KINSHASA
4002 AVENUE De LOUGANDA
ZONE DEGOMBE
P. O. Box 9667, KINSHASA
CONGO (DRC)
Telephone: 000-1-212-3723641
Telegram: KENYAREP Kinshasa
Fax: 000-243-2-8804393
LAGOS HIGH COMMISSION OF THE REPUBLIC OF KENYA, LAGOS
52 OYINKAN ABAYOMI DRIVE
P. O. Box 6464, IKOYI, NIGERIA
Telephone: 000-234-1-2670221
Telex: 21124
Telegram: KENYAREP LAGOS
Fax: 000-234-1-2670686Email: Kenya@alpha.linkserve.comOther countries of Accreditation: Republic of Cote D’voire, Togo, Republic of Ghana, Liberia, Benin, Sierra Leone
LUSAKA HIGH COMMISSION OF THE REPUBLIC OF KENYA, LUSAKA
5207 UNITED NATIONS AVENUE
P. O. Box 50298
LUSAKA, ZAMBIA
Telephone: 000-260-1-250722/250742/250751
Telex: Lusaka Za 42470
Telegram: KENYAREP LUSAKA
Fax: 000-260-1-253829
Email: kenhigh@zamnet.zm
Other countries of Accreditation: Malawi
PRETORIA HIGH COMMISSION OF THE REPUBLIC OF KENYA, PRETORIA
302 BROOKS STREET
MENLO PARK, 0081, SOUTH AFRICA
Telephone: 000-27-12-3622249,362-2250, 362-2251
Fax: 000-27-12-3622252
Email:kenp@pta.lia.net
WINDHOEK HIGH COMMISSION OF THE REPUBLIC OF KENYA, WINDHOEK
134 LUETWEIN STREET
P. O. Box 2889, WINDHOEK, NAMIBIA
Telephone: 000-264-61-225900, 61-226836
Telex: 908823
Telegram: KENYAREP WINDHOEK
Fax: 000-264-61-221409
Email: Kenya-net@iwwn.com.na
  1. AUSTRALIA/ASIA
BEIJING EMBASSY OF THE REPUBLIC OF KENYA, BEIJING
4XI LIU JIE, SAN LI TUN
BEIJING, 100600 – CHINA
Telephone: 000-86-10-65323381, 65322473
Telex: 22311
Telegram: KENYAREP CH.
Fax: 000-86-10-6532170, 65323325
Email: koenyla@iuol.cn.net
Other countries of Accreditation: Thailand, Philippines
CANBERRA HIGH COMMISSION OF THE REPUBLIC OF KENYA, CANBERRA
6TH FLOOR, O.B.E. BUILDING
AINSLIE AVE 33-35.
G.P.O BOX 1990, CANBERRA, A.C.T. 2601
AUSTRALIA
Telephone: 000-61-026-2474788
Telex: AA 61929
Telegram: KENYAREP
Fax: 000-612-6-2576613
Email: kenrep@austarmetro.com.au
Other countries of Accreditation: New Zealand
ISLAMABAD HIGH COMMISSION OF THE REPUBLIC OF KENYA, ISLAMABAD
HOUSE NO.10, STREET NO. 9, SECTOR F-7/3
P. O. Box 2097, ISLAMABAD, PAKISTAN
Telephone: 000-92-51-279540, 279542
Telex: 082 5741
Telegram: KENYAREP ISLAMABAD
Fax: 000-922-51-279541
Email: Kenreppk@apollo.net.pk
KUALA LUMPUR HIGH COMMISSION OF THE REPUBLIC OF KENYA, KUALA LUMPUR
EMPIRE TOWER
UNIT 38C
38TH FLOOR
182 JALAN TUN RAZAK
50450 KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA
Telephone: 000-60-3-21645015, 21645016
Fax: 000-60-3-21645017
Email: Kenya@po.jaring.my
Other countries of Accreditation: Thailand, Indonesia, Philippines
NEW DEHLI HIGH COMMISSION OF THE REPUBLIC OF KENYA, NEW DELHI
66 VASANT MARG, VASANT VIHAR,
NEW DELHI – 10057, INDIA
Telephone: 000-91-11-6146537, 6146538, 6146540
Fax: 000-91-11-6146550
Telex: 3172166 KENR IN
Email: kenredel@ndf.vsnl.net.in
Website: www.kenyamission-delhi.com
Other countries of Accreditation: People’s Republic of Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Singapore
TOKYO EMBASSY OF THE REPUBLIC OF KENYA, TOKYO
No. 24-3 YAKUMO, 3-CHOME,
MEGURO-KU, TOKYO 152, JAPAN
Telephone: 000-81-3-37234006/7
Telex: 2422378
Telegram: KENYAREP J
Fax: 000-81-3-37234488
Email: kenrepj@ma.kcom.ne.jp
Other countries of Accreditation: Republic of Korea
  1. Europe
BRUSSELS KENYA MISSION TO THE EUROPEAN UNION
AVENUE WINSTON CHURCHILL 208
1180 BRUSSELS, BELGIUM
Telephone: 000-32-2-3401040
Telex: 62568
Telegram: KENYAREP BRUSSELS
Fax: 000-32-2-3401050/62
Email: kenbrussels@hotmail.com
Other countries of Accreditation: Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, European Union
BERLIN EMBASSY OF THE REPUBLIC OF KENYA, BERLIN
MARKGRAFENSTR.63
10969 BERLIN
FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF GERMANY
Telephone: 000-49-030-259266-0
Telegram: KENYAREP BONN
Fax: 000-49-030-25926650
Email: embassy-kenya.bn@wwmail.de
Other countries of Accreditation: Republic of Bulgaria, Romania
GENEVA PERMANENT REPRESENTATIVE
KENYA MISSION OF U.N., GENEVA
1-3 AVENUE DE LA PAIX
1202 GENEVA
SWITZERLAND
Telephone: 000-41-22-9064050
Telex: 412656 KMUGV
Telegram: KENYAREP GENEVA
Fax: 000-41-22-7312905
Email: mission.Kenya@ties.itu.int
Other countries of Accreditation: U.N. Missions In Geneva
HAGUE EMBASSY OF THE REPUBLIC OF KENYA, THE HAGUE
NIEUWE PARKLAAN 21
2597 LA THE HAGUE
NETHERLANDS
Telephone: 000-31-70-3504215
Telex: 044-33354 KENRE NL
Fax: 000-31-70-3553594
Email: kenre@dataweb.nl
Other countries of Accreditation: Republic of Hungary, Czech Republic
LONDON HIGH COMMISSION OF THE REPUBLIC OF KENYA, LONDON
45 PORTLAND PLACE
LONDON, WIN 4AS
UNITED KINGDOM
Telephone: 000-44-207-632371/5
Telex: LONDON 262551
Telegram: KENYAREP LONDON
Fax: 000-44-207-3236717
Email: kcomm45@aol.com
Other countries of Accreditation: Switzerland, Republic of Ireland
MOSCOW EMBASSY OF THE REPUBLIC OF KENYA, MOSCOW
BOLSHAYA ORDINKA
DOM. 70, MOSCOW, RUSSIA
Telephone: 000-7-095-2374702/237-3462/237-4541
Telex: 413495 KEAMBURU
Telegram: KENYAREP MOSCOW
Fax: 000-709-52302340
Other countries of Accreditation: Republic of Hungary
PARIS EMBASSY OF THE REPUBLIC OF KENYA, PARIS
3 RUE, FREYCINET
75116 PARIS, FRANCE
Telephone: 000-331-56622525
Telex: KENYAREP 640950 PARIS
Telegram: KENYAREP PARIS
Fax: 000-33-1-47204441
Email: kenparis@wanadoo.fr
Other countries of Accreditaion: Spain, Portugal, Yugoslavia, Unesco, Holy see
ROME EMBASSAY OF THE REPUBLIC OF KENYA, ROME
VIA ARCHIMEDE 164
00197, ROMA, ITALY
Telephone: 000-39-06-8082717/18
Telex: 626537 KENROM 1
Telegram: KENYAREP ROME
Fax: 000-39-06-8082707
Email: kenroma@rdn.it
Website: www.embassyofkenya.it
Other countries of Accreditation: Republic of Poland, Greece, Malta, Turkey, F.A.O., W.F.P, IFAD
STOCKHOLM EMBASSY OF THE REPUBLIC OF KENYA, STOCKHOLM
BIRGER JARLSGATAN 37, 2ND FLOOR
P. O. Box 7694
103 95 STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN
Telephone: 000-46-8-218300/4/9
Telex: 17811
Telegram: KENYAREP STOCKHOLM
Fax: 000-46-8-209261
Email: Kenya.touristoffice@swipnet.se
Other countries of Accreditation: Iceland, Denmark, Norway, Republic of Finland
VIENNA EMBASSY OF THE REPUBLIC OF KENYA
NEULINGGASSE 29/8
1030 VIENNA, AUSTRIA
Telephone: 000-43-1-7123919/20
Fax: 000-43-1-7123922
Email: kenyarep-vienna@aon.at
Other countries of Accreditation: Slovak Republic, IAEA
  1. North America
NEW YORK PERMANENT REPRESENTIVE
KENYA MISSION TO THE UNITED NATIONS
866 U.N. PLAZA, SUITE 486
NEW YORK, NY 10017, N.Y.
USA
Telephone: 000-1-212-4214740
Telex:42.43.27 KENYA UN
Telegram: KENYAREP NEW YORK
Fax: 000-1-212-4861985
Email: Kenya@nyct.netPRINCIPAL COUNSELLOR
KENYA MISSION TO THE UNITED NATIONS
866 U.N. PLAZA, SUITE 486
NEW YORK, NY 10017, N.Y.
USA
Telephone: 000-1-212-4214740
Telex:42.43.27 KENYA UN
Telegram: KENYAREP NEW YORK
Fax: 000-1-212-4861985
Email: Kenya@nyct.net
OTTAWA HIGH COMMISSION OF THE REPUBLIC OF KENYA, OTTAWA
415 LAURIER AVENUE EAST
OTTAWA, ONTARIO
KIN 6R4 CANADA
Telephone: 000-1-613-5631773/4/6
Telegram: KENYAREP OTTAWA
Fax: 000-1-613-233-6599
Email: kenyahighcommission@rogers.com
Website: www.kenyahighcommission.ca
WASHINGTON EMBASSY OF THE REPUBLIC OF KENYA, WASHINGTON
2249, R. STREET N.W.
WASHINGTON D.C. 20008
USA
Telephone: 000-1-202-3876101
Telex: 197376
Telegram: KENYAREP WASHINGTON
Fax: 000-1-202-4623829
Email: KLQY53A@prodigy.com
Other countries of Accreditation: Republic of Mexico, Republic of Colombia
  1. Middle East
ABU DHABI EMBASSY OF THE REPUBLIC OF KENYA, ABU DHABI
P. O. Box 3854, ABU DHABI, UAE
Telephone: 000-971-6666300
Telex: 24244 KENREP EM
Telegram: KENYAREP ABU DHABI
Fax: 000-971-2-6652827
Email: Kenyarep@emirates.net.ae
Other countries of Accreditation: State of Qatar
RIYADH EMBASSY OF THE REPUBLIC OF KENYA, RIYADH
RIYADH 11693
P. O. Box 94358
SAUDI ARABIA
Telephone: 000-966-1-4881238
Fax: 000-966-1-4882629
Telex: 406455
Telegram: KENYAREP RIYADH
Email: Kenya@shaheer.net.sa
Other countries of Accreditation: The State of Kuwait, Republic of Iraq, Republic of Yemen, Bahrain
TEHRAN EMBASSY OF THE REPUBLIC OF KENYA, TEHRAN
46 GOLSHAR STREET, OFF AFRICAN AVENUE
P. O. Box 19395/4566, TEHRAN, IRAN
Telephone: 000-98-21-2059154, 2057479, 2053368
Telex: 213652 KEMB IR
Telegram: KEMB IR
Fax: 000-98-21-2053372
Email: kenemteh@irtp.com
TEL AVIV EMBASSY OF THE REPUBLIC OF KENYA, TEL AVIV
15 REHOV ABBA HILLEL SILVER, 3RD FLOOR
RAMAT GAN 52522
P. O. Box 52136, TEL AVIV, ISRAEL
Telephone: 000-972-3-57546333
Telex: 371302 KETLV, IL
Fax: 000-972-3-5754788
Email: kenya04@ibm.net
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