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Kenya is well served by the world's airlines, which fly to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, Nairobi, or to Moi International Airport, Mombasa, a popular charter destination.
Commonwealth citizens do not require visas. Visa information can be obtained from any Kenya tourist office, high commission or embassy.

Certificates of inoculation against yellow fever and cholera are required only from visitors arriving from countries where these diseases are endemic.

Leaving
Airport departure tax of US$20, or its equivalent, is payable when leaving the country. A local departure tax of KShs 100 is payable when leaving principal Kenya airports on internal flights.

Climate
Warm days and cool early mornings and evenings in most of the country. At altitude the temperatures are moderate, even on the Equator.

Tropical and often humid at the coast.

Two rainy seasons - long rains roughly April and May; short rains October and November.

Clothing
Informal, light wear clothing is recommended. Mornings and evenings can be cool so a sweater should be included as well as a hat for protection from the Equatorial sun. On the coast ladies are expected to dress modestly in public places. Topless sunbathing does not meet with the approval of Kenyans or the Government, and affects the sensibilities of the Muslim community.

Communications
International and domestic telephone and fax services are well developed. Direct overseas dialing is possible from most centres, and game lodges are usually radio-linked with head offices.

Currency
The Kenya Shilling is freely exchangeable. All major credit cards are accepted.

Driving
On the left, international driving licence is recommended.

Health
As a precaution, anti-malarial prophylactics should be taken before, during and after your visit to Kenya, especially if you are visiting the coast. Good hospital and medical care facilities are available. Precautions against over-exposure to the sun are advised.
Hotels and lodges provide safe, filtered water for drinking, and bottled mineral water is universally available. Tap water should be considered unreliable for drinking. Other than taking obvious precautions, Kenya's climate presents few health hazards.

Local Time

GMT plus three hours.

Public Holidays
January 1, Good Friday and Easter Monday, May 1, June 1, October 10, October 20, December 12, December 25 and December 26.

Security
Common sense precautions should be taken in the urban centres. Elsewhere security is good and incidents are rare. Valuables should be kept in lodge or hotel custody.

Taxes
Value Added Tax (VAT) at 5% is charged for meals and drinks taken in restaurants, which also charge a 2% catering training levy to support the hotel and tourism college.
Emergency Numbers
Rent A Fine Car Ltd.
Bernard Kiraithe, Managing Director
Cell phone: 0722 521359 or 0733 378108
 
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