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Procedures and practical informations

Time and deadlines
The attention of travelers is drawn to the fact that their presence is required at the airport two hours before the scheduled departure time. Most companies close their check-in counters 30 minutes before departure time. Once registered, it is also advisable to immediately go to the boarding lounge for police formalities that can be long if several departures are planned.
Arriving passengers must count an average of 20 to 30 minutes to complete the formalities of police and customs and to retrieve their luggage.
Entering the country and visas
Entering the Kenyan territory by the international airport of Nairobi requires for travelers other than Kenyan citizens a passport valid more than 6 months after passing the police station and a visa. Several possibilities are available to visitors to obtain this visa (online e-visa, visa on arrival or visa in embassy). Some of these methods of procurement are open only to certain nationalities.
WARNING: bi-national passengers who can not prove their Kenyan citizenship (passport or ID card) are also subject to visa requirements.

See the page about visas and immigration

Pets accompanied by a recent health certificate and special permission from the Commissioner of Customs will be allowed. These are , however, not allowed into the National Parks /Reserves. Rabies vaccination must be at least 1 month and max. 1 year prior to arrival.
Airlines are particularly demanding on the allowed weight of luggage. To avoid problems at check-in counters, it is expressly required for travelers to check before their arrival at the airport if their baggage do not exceed the permitted allowance. In this case, expensive and non-negotiable luggage fees may be asked. In addition, it is recalled that the luggage must be strong enough to be handled and transported. Plastic bags are prohibited because they tear easily.
Health requirements
No vaccination is required to enter Kenya's territory. However, an international vaccination certificate indicating your protection against yellow fever may be required if you are traveling from a country victim of an epidemic. This vaccination can be done at the airport.
Pregnant women are reminded that airlines each have a specific policy on the duration of pregnancy not to exceed to be allowed to travel. From the 7th month of pregnancy, flying may be prohibited or a medical certificate may be required. Please check with your airline to avoid being denied boarding.
If you feel unwell or require medical assistance while at JKIA, you may go to the port health clinic. Chemist shops are also available at the airport.
Drugs and illegal or regulated products
Some products can not cross borders on arrival or departure without special authorization. This is the case of animal remains, live animals and certain items of historical heritage of Kenya. Thank you to contact the Veterinary Services or the Ministry of Culture if you have any doubt about this type of product . Hazardous products (firearms, explosives, corrosives, pressurized container, etc.) are generally prohibited or regulated. Thank you to contact your airline to find out its policy on the transportation of these products.

See also the customs handbook for passengers

Furthermore, a strict control of drugs is carried out by airport police officers. The canine brigade, through its specially trained dogs to search for drugs in luggage, allows regular cocaine seizure. Moreover , the mere consumption of cannabis can lead to penalties of up to 6 months in prison. Searches can be performed randomly on passengers. However, chewing of a locally grown shrub called "miraa" or "khat" is allowed.


See the customs handbook for passengers

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