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 Kenya - Formalities

Clearance

On approach, call Port Control on VHF channel 16. In all ports one should report first to Customs and then Immigration if the officials do not visit the boat first.

Last updated July 2013.

Immigration

All visitors must have a valid passport valid for at least 6 months.t.

All visitors require visas but the nationals of many countries are granted them on arrival.

Citizens of the following countries must apply for a visa in advance:-
Afghanistan, Jordan, Senegal, Azerbaijan, Lebanon, Somali, Armenia, Mali, Syria, Cameroon, North Korea, Tadjikistan, Iraq, Nigeria and Ivory Coast.

Visas are usually issued for a stay of 30 days and can be extended if they are applied for in person before the date of expiry.

Last updated July 2013.

Customs

Firearms must be declared on arrival. These will be impounded and released only on departure.

The import of fruits, plants and seeds, and imitation firearms are prohibited, as are meat, meat products and any product from poultry, which must be declared and will be destroyed.

The export of gold, diamonds and wildlife skins or game trophies not obtained from the authorised Kenyan government department is prohibited

There is no specified limit on the period a yacht may remain in Kenya and some have remained for several years while the owners were absent. Boats should not be left completely unattended as there have been several reports of theft.

Visiting sailors can buy or have sent out capital equipment such as engines, instruments and sails. By using a clearing agent, who will provide a bond, it is possible to avoid paying local importation taxes.

Last updated July 2013.

Health

Malaria prophylaxis is recommended, as malaria is prevalent on the coast.

Do not swim in fresh water, as this may be infected with bilharzia parasites.

AIDS is endemic in East Africa.

Tuberculosis is an increasingly serious health concern in Kenya.

Cholera and dengue fever also occur in Kenya.

Tap water is not potable and sealed bottle water is recommended. Avoid ice in drinks. Do not eat food prepared by unlicensed vendors.

Documents

A transit log is necessary for any movement in Kenyan waters. The log is obtained from customs on arrival and must be presented to customs when calling at the following ports: Shimoni, Mombasa, Kilifi, Malindi and Lamu. One should inform customs of the intended itinerary, time of departure and ETA in the next port.

Fees

Overtime is charged on weekends and holidays.

There are light dues, government charges for which change frequently.

Foreign yachts have to pay harbour charges, which may work out cheaper if bought for one year in advance, unless one intends to spend only a short time in Kenya.

A navigation fee of approximately US$10 is payable when clearing out.

Restrictions

The authorities are trying hard to protect wildlife, and it is a serious offence to buy and attempt to export ivory, animal skins and stuffed animals.

It is forbidden to photograph ports, police, naval buildings, vessels or personnel.

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).

No birds may be imported.

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