Kenya Customs, Currency & Airport Tax regulations details

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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) issued by Kenya prior to shipment.

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.


Cats and dogs must be accompanied by an Import Permit issued by Kenya and a veterinarian good health certificate and rabies certificate issued at point of origin. Rabies vaccination must be at least 1 month and max. 1 year prior to arrival.

Accompanied pets may enter as passenger's checked baggage, in cabin or as cargo (depending on the transporting airline). Prior arrangement must be made with the State Veterinary office at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (NBO). Unaccompanied pets can enter as manifested cargo only.

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 if baggage is through tagged to final destination on departure at point of origin.


Currency Import regulations:

Residents may import up to KES 500,000.- (Kenya Shilling-KES) to cover expenses upon re-entry into Kenya. Foreign currencies exceeding USD 10,000.- must be declared.
Non-residents may import local and foreign currencies without restrictions but amounts exceeding USD 10,000.- must be declared.

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.

Airport Tax

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

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