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The languages that are typically spoken are English and Swahili
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.
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.
Internet speed in Kenya is on average 5.0 Mbps. WiFi coverage in Kenya is low. It is not as easy to find one.
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.
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 .
Import and export information
All items on the prohibited import list.
All goods which are regulated under the EAC Customs Management Act.
Waste and scrap of ferrous scrap iron.
Timber from any wood grown in the Partner States of the EAC.
Fresh unprocessed fish (Nile Perch and Tilapia).
Protected species and products protected under CITES may require a permit for export.
Tobacco:250 grams total of any tobacco products.
Other items:500mL total of perfume and eau de toilette, of which not more than 125mL may be perfume.
Other items:Personal goods.
Counterfeit currency and goods.
Pornographic and obscene media.
Matches manufactured with white phosphorus.
Any article made without proper authority which bears the Armorial Ensign or Coat of Arms of a partner state.
Distilled beverages containing essential oils orchemical products which areinjurious to health.
Narcotic drugs under international control.
Hazardous wastes and their disposal.
Any product containing mercury.
Plastic bags, including duty free plastic shopping bags.
Used tyres for light commercial vehicles and passenger cars.
Some agricultural and industrial chemicals.
Please note: the Kenyan Government has announced a ban on the use of plastic bags. Although their Customs website does not have plastic bags on their list of prohibited items, passengers are advised not to bring plastic bags into Kenya.
Postal franking machines require a permit granted by a competent authority.
Traps capable of killing or capturing game animals require a written permit.
Unwrought precious metals and precious stones.
Arms and ammunitionspecified under Chapter 93 of the Customs Nomenclature.
Ossein and bones treated with acid.
Other bones and horn - cores unworked, defatted, simply prepared, and waste of these products.
Ivory, elephant unworked or simply prepared but not cut to shape.
Teeth, hippopotamus, unworked or simply prepared but not cut to shape.
Other ivory unworked or simply prepared but cut to shape.
Ivory powder and waste.
Tortoise shell, whalebone and whalebone hair, horns antlers, hooves, nails, claws and beaks, unworked or simply prepared but not cut to shape, powder and waste of these products.
Coral and similar materials, unworked or simply prepared but not otherwise worked shells of molasses,crustaceans or echinoderms and cattle-bone, unworked or simply prepared but not cut to shape powder and waste thereof.
Natural sponges of animal origin.
Spent, irradiated fuel elements of nuclear reactors.
Worked ivory and articles of ivory.
Ozone depleting substances.
Genetically modified products.
Non-indigenous species of fish or egg of progeny.
Psychotropic drugs under international control.
Telescope sights or other optical devices suitable for use with arms.
Bows, arrows, fencing foils, or toys under Chapter 95 of the Customs Nomenclature.
Collectors' pieces or antiques guns and ammunition.
Endangered animals, plants, and their derivative products protected under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) may require protected species permits.
Pets are subject to certain import requirements. For further information, please visitImport of Pets.
Zika is a risk in Kenya. Because of the risk of birth defects in babies born to women who were infected with Zika while pregnant, women who are pregnant or planning to become pregnant should discuss their travel plans with their doctor. For further information on this recommendation, please visitZika Risk in Countries with Endemic Zika.
Dengue, African tick-bite fever, African sleeping sickness (African Trypanosomiasis) and chikungunyaare diseases carried by insects that are found in Africa. For information on disease prevention, please visit the CDCInsect Protection Advice.
Many countries in Africa have high incidence rates of tuberculosis (TB). For further information, please visit the CDCTuberculosis Advice.
Many countries in Africa have high HIV prevalence rates. For further information, please visit the CDCHIV Advice.