Kenya international travel advice

Landscape view of Kenya

Kenya 🇰🇪

Kenya is part of Africa with main city at Nairobi. Its Developing country with a population of 47M people. The main currency is Kenyan Shilling. The languages spoken are English and Swahili. the Republic of Kenya is the formal name of Kenya It is adviced to Exercise a high degree of caution Get useful information like travel advice, temperatures, rainfall, socket plugs, languages spoken, SIM cards, ATM, currencies, road rules and emergency numbers.
👍 Developing   🌤️ ~25.00 °C   🌧 ~24.94 mm  👨‍👩‍👦‍👦 47M people

Advice

⚠️ Travel advice

Exercise a high degree of caution

We've reviewed our travel advice for Kenya. We continue to recommend you exercise a high degree of caution in Kenya overall, with higher advice levels in other parts of the country. This now includes Nairobi, where we advise Australians to reconsider their need to travel due to the ongoing, high threat of terrorist attack. If you are passing through Nairobi for other travel in Kenya, we recommend you minimise your time spent there and be alert to safety risks. If you have to be in Nairobi, consider the places likely to be terrorist targets and the level of security provided. Avoid venues or areas prone to attack. We haven't changed our travel advice: Exercise a high degree of caution in Kenya overall due to the high threat of terrorist attack and high crime levels. Higher levels apply in other parts of the country.

issued date: January 13, 2020

Weather

🌤️ Temperature

🌧 Rainfall

General

🔌 Sockets

Kenya uses 240V, 50Hz with socket and plug Type G.

🌐 Languages

The languages that are typically spoken are English and Swahili

Money

💱 Currencies Used

Kenya uses the Kenyan shilling (symbol: Sh), code KES.Banknotes come in denominations of 1000, 500, 200, 100, 50, 20 and 10 shillings. Shilling is subdivided into 100 cents. Coins come in denominations of 40, 20, 10, 5 and 1 shillings and 50 cents.

🏧 ATMs

Automatic teller machines are rare in Kenya. Your best bet is to look for them in large cities and community places.You do not need a chip & PIN card to use an ATM — your standard magnetic card will work fine.

💁‍♂️ Tipping

Expected to tip Tipping is expected in Kenya since staff depend on tips to supplement their often minimum wages.

Calling

📡 Internet

Internet speed in Kenya is on average 5.0 Mbps. WiFi coverage in Kenya is low. It is not as easy to find one.

📱 Phones

You can buy a SIM card for about 1,147.22 KES, which includes 2 GB of data plan. You can choose from 4 telecoms: Airtel, Faiba, Safaricom or Telkom. Kenya uses GSM mobile networks GSM 900 and GSM 1800. If you don't want to buy SIM card in Kenya upon arrival, make sure to check the roaming charges with your telecom provider before your departure so there are no surprises when you return home.

📞 Calling

To call Kenya, dial +, then 254 (the country code for Kenya), then the area code (without the initial 0) and the local number. For local calls within Kenya, start with the area code (with the initial 0). In the case above area code is 20 .

Driving

Last updated: January 6, 2020