Kenya Customs, Currency & Airport Tax regulations details

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Customs Rules

Import regulations::

Free import by passengers of 16 years or older:
- 1/2 lb. of tobacco or 200 cigarettes or 50 cigars;
- 1 bottle of alcoholic beverages;
- 1 pint of perfume.

Prohibited is the import of fruit, poultry meat and products, imitation and toy firearms.

Arms and Ammunition regulations::

Fire arms and ammunition require a police permit.

Wild Fauna and Flora::

Import of plants and any plant materials requires a Plant Import Permit (PIP) from Kenya prior to shipment. Failure to comply will result in liability to prosecution.

Export regulations::

Free export of a reasonable quantity of tobacco products and alcoholic beverages.

Prohibited is export of gold, diamonds and skin and game trophies, if not obtained from the authorized personnel of the Government of Kenya.

Crew members customs regulations::

Same regulations as for passengers apply.

Pets::

Cats and dogs must be accompanied by veterinarian good health certificate and rabies certificate issued at point of origin. Rabies vaccination must be less than one year and one month at the latest prior to arrival. In addition an import permit must be presented at time of entry. Same is available through Livestock Officer, Veterinary Department, Post Office, Kabete, Kenya. Allow 30 days from time of application for import permit (Airmail). Fee: KES 500 per animal. There is a 25% duty and VAT at 16% on arrival.

Prohibited is the import of all live animals, unless consigned as cargo.

Baggage Clearance regulations::

Baggage is cleared at the first airport of entry in Kenya.

Exempt: baggage of transit passengers with a destination outside of Kenya, provided baggage is through tagged to final destination on departure at point of origin.



Airport Embarkation Tax

No airport tax is levied on passengers upon embarkation at the airport.



Currency rules

Currency Import regulations:

Residents may import up to KES 500,000.- (Kenya Shilling-KES) to cover expenses upon re-entry into Kenya. No restrictions apply to foreign currencies. Non-residents may import local and foreign currency without restrictions. However, for amounts equivalent to USD 5,000.- and more residents and non-residents need to hold documents indicating the source and the purpose of this amount.

Currency Export regulations:

Residents may export up to KES 500,000.- (Kenya Shilling-KES) to cover expenses upon re-entry into Kenya. No restrictions apply to foreign currencies. Non-residents may export local and foreign currency without restrictions. However, for amounts equivalent to USD 5,000.- and more residents and non-residents need to hold documents indicating the source and the purpose of this amount.




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