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visa for kenya

I am going to Kenya in December and wondered if it is better to obtain the visa through the Kenya High Commission in London or at Mombassa airport? The reason I ask is that very often on my travels the airports are chaotic and there are long queues for any documentaiton etc

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Personally I would get it in advance if flying direct to Mombasa. The queues are always horrendous. Yes you do have the extra cost of postage & you also need a photo but they return the passport in a week 9 times out of 10. Others will advise the opposite.

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As said above, it costs a little more to get visas in advance, special delivery postage there and back, cost of a postal order and passport photos, and of course you have to trust your passport to the Royal Mail.

In the case of Nairobi whether you have a visa or not makes little difference to the time you queue, as the flights are scheduled and planefuls of people don't hit Immigration at the same time, so either way you will be through relatively quickly and certainly before the bags have come off.

However at Mombasa because a charter plane full of tourists hits Immigration at the same time, it does make a difference in the time you are in the queue, the queue for people with visas is shorter than the queues for people wanting to buy them and it moves twice as fast. But once through Immigration you may still have to wait for your bags and if you are on a holiday company transfer you will still have to wait for the slowest customer.

If you want to pay at the airport, then download the form from the link below, if you fill it in at home, (saves the scrum for forms, pens and somewhere to write at the airport) and get seats near the front of the plane you should be near the front of the queue.


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we have found it better to get ours before we go less time in the queues have just sent of for ours again not long now till we are back in kenya

cannot wait counting the weeks down now xx

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Where abouts in Nairobi airport do you get and pay for a visa. Arriving on Sunday morning 0635 then transferring to Wilson airport.

Any suggestions about getting a taxi or transfer and how much should it cost.

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Lyn - read Doffs last paragraph, never a truer word and SO glad we'd completed our forms in advance along with the additional form (immigration/visitors) we were given on the plane.

There was some confusion as the blank visa forms at Nairobi airport looked different (but asking for same info), so one wondered if that had to be completed as well - it didn't.

Just have your forms completed already, get off the plane as quickly as possible and don't dawdle getting to immigration. The 'buy your visa' queue was on the far right side and nearby was a desk/blank forms/SCRUM that Doff has referred to. Hanging above the correct queue area was an LCD display informing you what currency you could use to pay £, USD, Swiss Francs.

We were about 10th in line, took about 30 mins and the 'got my visa' queue beside us wasn't moving any faster!

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Complete the Form before hand, have £30 or 50USD in you mit and follow the ‘crowd’ to the Immigration Arrival desk; as Doff points out, you will be through well before your baggage is.

To get to Wilson, just go outside and grab a cab (the Yellow ones); expect to pay around 2000 KES, that’s about £13 or 20USD.

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Lucky that you're arriving Sunday morning when traffic is light. It shouldn't take more than 30/min to get from the international (JKIA) to domestic (Wilson) airport.

As to Visa, complete the application beforehand, keep with your passport and funds due USD$50; present at desk marked 'purchase Visa' where they'll take your photo (no need to bring your own) and fingerprints, place the Visa stamp in passport.

Then go down to collect baggage and as you didn't arrange with your tour operator to meet/greet/transfer, head outside for taxi to Wilson. Fare, (confirm with driver before entering) is payable in Kenyan Shillings (KSh), is about USD$20. You can obtain KSh from ATM once outside Baggage Claim in the Arrivals Hall. There's a Barclay's ATM to the left and a Currency Exchange Window right next to it.

But don't tarry... so you don't miss your flight out of Wilson.

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Went through a few weeks ago and they were accepting Sterling, Dollars, Euros and Swiss Francs at Nairobi. Always moving the goalposts!

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