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People are not traveling, are the trips that people do. (JohnSteinbeck)

Visas and Stamps

Travellers of Italian nationality, as well as those of most countries, must be equipped with Visa, which allows a stay of up to three months.

December 11, 2017
The paper visa for the Christmas holidays and the new year remains valid.
The Kenyan Ministry of Tourism has confirmed that for the current season it will still be possible to enter Kenya with paper permit (50 dollars or 40 Euros) obtainable on arrival directly at the airports of the country.

November 22, 2016
For the festive season still valid visa paper.
Good news for those who will travel to Kenya during the upcoming Christmas holidays and in early 2017. The “old” saw paper will still be valid in spite of what you do online, while being more practical and now in step with the times, always it presents some more difficulties, even if it saves a few minutes at the time of the African country.
The introduction of the visa online had been decided by the Kenyan Ministry of Interior in the aftermath of the lack of supervision problems that had led many illegal immigrants from Somalia to enter Kenya with possible impact on national security.
But the attempt to use the saw to do on the internet as the only valid document for entry of tourists in the country, has been postponed three times because of the disruption that would have made the already precarious tourism sector.
So even for this season’s influx from abroad, despite the checks they are always very high, you can fill out the paperwork.
Beware, though, knowing the visa online today not all airlines have the documents to be distributed on board, so better to obtain it before or print it. The photo is not required.

September 5, 2016
Adaptation Malindi airport to international airport.
The starting date of upgrade of the runway has been certified by the words of the Secretary for Transport Irungu Nyakera with the beginning of the new fiscal year, which means in Kenya since June. According to the projects presented long ago by its former manager, the works are expected to last about 18 months, so it is plausible to think that Malindi will finally have the international airport in 2019.

July 4, 2016
FALSE ALARM, ahead even with the paper.
Online only temporary Kenyan citizens exit permit.
False alarm for the obligatory nature of the online visa to enter Kenya. For this summer, and perhaps beyond, no problem at ‘Mombasa airport for those who will show no visa online “E-visa.” on Immigration Office website Kenya had appeared a new information, but shall not affect the tourists inputs in Kenya, but only the “temporary permit”, or exit permits for citizens of Kenya from their country. it must be said, however, that sooner or later this Directive will enter into force and it is best to prepare for this event, because now the site guarantees the issuance of visas within 48 hours the request. as for the visa online instead is still valid referral “Sine die“, or until further notice, decided by the Minister for Tourism Najib Balala Kenya last January 1. Even from Mombasa we have received reassuring news. For those who present themselves without the “E-visa” it is always possible to enter Kenya, but now should adjust to what will be the near future.

October 17, 2015
From January 2016 online visa to enter Kenya will be mandatory. After the extension given by President Kenyatta, and the improvement of the site, there will be no more extensions. To confirm the new change of the procedures was Jacinta Nzioka Mbithi, director of marketing of the Kenya Tourism Board.

September 12, 2015
In a statement issued by the Ministry of the Interior and sent to all interested parties, published by news agencies and tourist agencies, the Kenyan Government decided to restore the Visas also manuals on Customs port of entry to Kenya until further notice as well as online.

The Government had previously provided:
The Visa until September 1, 2015, will be issued by the Airport Authority in Nairobi or Mombasa, from that date the single entry visa may be requested exclusively online on the website at a cost of USD $ 51 and paying using a Visa or Mastercard. The processing time is 2 business days.
Once released, the e-Visa (entry visa electronic) will be made available on your account e-Visa.
You must print a copy of the report to be presented to the airport authorities when you arrive in Kenya, along with your passport.
E-Visa is valid for 3 months, then you must travel before it expires.
When you get to Immigration Control in the airport station, is issued a Visa for a period of stay not exceeding 90 days, which may be extended for a further 90 days at an Immigration Office. The maximum number of days a visitor may remain in Kenya is 6 months.
In case of cancellation of the Visa application or the same may not be granted by the Government of Kenya, the fees will not be refunded.
The Visa issued by the airport authority must be paid by credit card only.
Against unpleasant surprises, I suggest making your Visa online.

Travelers also must show that they have a return ticket, otherwise it is possible that the authorities require the purchase of a return ticket or make a refundable deposit.
Taxes are included in the airfare so you don’t have to pay them at the time of departure from the country as it once was. You can import foreign currency up to a maximum of USD $ 5,000. In Kenya, the money must be officially changed only in the offices in charge as banks or bureaux de change, even if the change is illegal in sunlight.
Customs restrictions are similar to those of other countries, the weapons are totally prohibited, including toy weapons (which should still be reported to the entrance in the country), it is also prohibited even the hunt from 1977. It is strictly forbidden to export ivory, horns, turtles, corals, reptile hide.
Remember that your passport must have a validity of at least six months remaining. At the entrance in the country, is affixed a stamp in your passport which is the duration of the stay. We recommend tourists to declare the actual period of stay in Kenya and to check the stamp affixed to the Passport. The extension of the stay of three additional months may be extended only in Kenya at the offices responsible for immigration. Penalties for failure to follow this procedure can also arrive to arrest. To enter Kenya passports must have at least one entire blank page, in order to affix the entry visa. Otherwise, travelers may not be accepted at home and return to Italy with the first flight.
With the conversion of Decree Law of April 24, 2014 the Italy aligned with other States of the European Union by abolishing the annual stamp in your Passport from June 23, 2014. It was expected, however, the introduction of an administrative contribution, valid only for issuing ordinary passports and a computerized Government grant mark sold at the rivenditorie of stamps, amounting to EUR 73.50 (first was 40.29 euros). That amount, which also concerns the assumptions for release of minors, must be added the cost of the booklet, equal to euro 42.50.

Health risksAnopheles mosquito

No vaccination is required. May be required vaccination against yellow fever, if you come from countries where the disease is widespread. Kenyan health authorities have informed that the vaccination is also required visitors who make a transit at those countries.
Vaccination against yellow fever is required only for travelers from countries where the disease is endemic (Kenya, Ethiopia, etc.), even in the case of airport transit only, if this is greater than 12 hours, and in any case if you leave the airport. It is advisable, however, to those who come from countries where the disease is endemic, to obtain the certificate of vaccination against yellow fever.
There are also rare episodes – which occurred only incidentally to the airport “Kilimanjaro” – by passengers who, having made a few hours in transit countries where yellow fever is endemic, were obliged to make its vaccination. It considers whether cases of errors of the airport medical staff or, more likely, of being taken advantage of. It is recommended to compatriots not to comply with those requests.
Anticolerica yellow fever are recommended only in cases of very specific routes outside the normal tourist paths.
As a precautionary measure many recommend antimalarial prophylaxis (there are no vaccines in that sense: the RTS, S, trade name “Mosquirix“, so it will be called the first vaccine produced by Glaxo Smith Kline against malaria, will be marketed in 2017). Usually it is recommended taking LARIAM as antimalarial prophylaxis (at least 2 weeks before departure one tablet a week, during their stay in Kenya and in Africa for at least 3-4 weeks). It is a quite strong medication which can be variably tolerated (consult your physician). As an alternative to this drug is recommended the PALUDRINE (now available in pharmacies); taking this medication may begin from the day of arrival in Kenya for the duration of your stay and then for at least 3-4 weeks upon return from the trip (2 tablets per day every day). It is a milder drug and therefore more easily tolerated and still a good antimalarial prophylaxis. Among the last born in the field of Pharmacology to antimalarial prophylaxis should be reported the MALARONE (effective drug however still not available in Italian pharmacies – only on request). I personally do not recommend any form of antimalarial prophylaxis cited above, especially for effects that might arise and which vary from individual to individual.

Malaria is caused by Plasmodium, a Protozoan parasite. It causes high fever, headaches and pain in other parts of the body. If it is not treated early, it can quickly evolve into a State of serious illness up to involve the brain, with a high risk of death and brain damage.
When a person living in a malarial area has a fever, health professionals must know the causes to be sure to give the right treatment. For many years professionals they prescribed and prescribed today, non-specific antimalarial drugs. This means that sometimes people receiving the wrong treatment resulting in a waste of resources and increased resistance to drugs available.
Today there are commercially available rapid tests that are designed to detect malaria based on the presence of the parasite antigens, using a format that is fast and easy to use. Until recently, the confirmation of the diagnosis of malaria was made following the identification of parasites in a blood sample. This procedure requires highly qualified staff, equipment, instruments, reagents, and sometimes not always available in certain areas of sub-Saharan Africa. The rapid tests involve the use of antibodies which, in contact with the infected blood of a patient, bind to malaria parasites and trigger a color change on a strip that can be easily seen with the naked eye. While these tests are technically difficult to produce, once manufactured are relatively simple to perform, do not require specialized equipment and provide accurate results in many geographical contexts.
We can say that these tests that detect the antigens are able to locate at least 19 cases out of 20, a success rate that makes these potentially very useful tools in clinical practice.
The use of rapid tests are therefore a step further towards achieving accuracy in the diagnosis of malaria and the key to ensuring the proper treatment to be administered to patients. Resources can be safeguarded with a rational use of anti-malaria drugs and this will also reduce the pressure on drug resistance.
There are several types of fast diagnostic tests designed to detect the malaria parasite. All tests work quite well, but require more studies to evaluate how easy to use and what obstacles there might be to be adopted in all countries.
In the absence of the aforesaid tests, atthe onset of the first suspicions of malarial infection, you should reach the first hospital to perform in five minutes, with a few euros and a drop of blood taken from the finger of one hand, the malarial test.

The fact remains that rapid diagnostic tests are not a therapy and disease, however, we must bear in the hospital to find, with a blood test, the type of parasite that has infected you. This is because there are various species of parasite Plasmodium, four are the most common, but the most dangerous is the Plasmodium falciparum malaria, with the highest rate of mortality among infected individuals. Once you find the care the parasite is found in any pharmacy even with only two euros. You will wonder: how come in Africa die from malaria every year thousands of people, especially the victims are children, if there are hospitals, appropriate therapies and hundreds of humanitarian associations ready to offer their help? This is a question to which I answer only personally “face to face”.

Just to clarify: the mosquitoes of the Anopheles genus are the one and only vector of malaria, while the parasite reservoir is formed by individuals infected chronically. So in the absence of people infected with parasites that, you can not contract the disease. These actors, although not experience the symptoms of malaria, does not mean they can not be carriers of the parasite.
Most Anopheles mosquitoes become quite active at dusk, dawn and at night; while during the day they rest away from the sun, to avoid dehydration.
The body of the adult Anopheles mosquito has a color ranging from dark brown to black and is divided into three sections that are head, thorax and abdomen.
It will be easy to recognize the Anopheles only from the belly side up, during its period of rest, in contrast to other mosquitoes that keep it parallel to the surface on which rest.
The “incubation period” infection transmitted by Plasmodium falciparum, also called “malignant tertian fever”, that goes from infection by mosquito bite to the appearance of the signs and symptoms of malaria, is from 9 to 14 days.

Tip: do not attempt to come back as soon as possible in your country for the treatment of this infection. Where you are you can have all the necessary therapies, not found in other countries, which, in many cases, consist of the combination of two or more drugs.

I suggest also some simple preventive measures and useful:
– sleep under mosquito nets (both in hotels on the coast and in lodges/tented camps within the beds of rooms have gorgeous mosquito nets);
– spray inside the Chamber some insecticide (at sunset before dinner);
– use where air conditioning is available to maintain a temperature inside of your room cool and therefore not suited to mosquitoes;
– use on parts of the body discoveries repellents against mosquitoes (Autan-type or similar to citronella-based);
– wear light clothing and clothing (long pants, long-sleeved shirts, socks) after sunset.

For those who follow special medical treatments you should start with a good supply of medicines. In larger centres, pharmacies are available and adequate medical services. Doctors and hospitals typically in case of hospitalization and/or care require payment in cash of the services provided. It is therefore always advisable to have upon departure a valid insurance cover (type, Cea, Vibhor Europe Assistance etc.) that can guarantee even in extreme cases the return. Hotels and lodges/tented camps offer various buffets, plentiful and of excellent quality standards. Fresh vegetables (raw and cooked) and fruit are excellent and always well cleaned and available at buffet with a great variety of meats (veal, beef, pork, chicken, etc.) and fish and shellfish as well as rice, pasta and local African cuisine very good and tasty. We recommend that you do not eat fish and shellfish at street vendors or at kiosks and hot in the Sun where the food could easily be spoiled or not. The same recommendation applies to beverages and bottled water.
I personally recommend the following immunizations: diphtheria and tetanus, yellow fever and cholera (strongly recommended), viral hepatitis A, viral hepatitis B, typhoid fever, meningococcal meningitis, rabies, polio.

In Kenya it is not safe to drink tap water, so you should consume only water in sealed bottles or hot drinks. Alternatively, the water can be treated by boiling for at least 15 minutes, in order to ensure the most effective of the purifications. Vegetables and fruits, if eaten raw, should always be well washed in running water and is never excessive indication of rilavarle with concentrated disinfectant solutions (Lysol, Dettol etc.)

Malaria risk exists throughout the year and across the country. There is low risk in Nairobi and in the Highlands (above 2,500 metres) of the provinces: Central, Eastern, Rift Valley, Nyanza and Western.
Other risks: dysentery, amebiasis, giardiasis, intestinal parasitosis, schistosomiasis, trypanosomiasis. The incidence of HIV infection is high across the country.
Are growing cases of AIDS, cholera, dengue fever, meningococcal meningitis.
Kenya is introducing generic drugs against AIDS, at a cost of 3 euros and a half the pack. The Nairobi health authorities have announced that shortly, many batches of the generic version of the Dolutegravir will be purchased. The drug, approved in the United States in 2013, will be administered to 20,000 patients in Kenya before being employed in Nigeria and Uganda by the end of 2017. The adoption of this treatment is part of a broad strategy to contain The spread of HIV in Africa, where about 75% of people with the virus live. On average, the price of drugs will be reduced by ten times its cost. A box of 30 pills, before this introduction, cost between 22 and 44 euros and was enough for one month of treatment.

I recommend bringing a small travel pharmacy with you (antacids, painkillers, anti-istaminici, anti-diarrheal, reidratazioni oral, broad-spectrum antibiotics, antiseptics, plasters, scissors, thermometer, solar protective lips and skin) and health insurance that includes, in addition to the coverage of medical bills, even the possible repatriation or air transfer to another country.

Before the trip requires a careful evaluation of the goal, the duration, the type of trip, the traveler’s health conditions.



From the artemisia a derivative effective.
«Pharmacological prophylaxis against malaria? No thanks. Today malaria treatment at the first symptoms. The drugs that are used for prevention are expensive and have side effects. Better artemisimina, an active substance contained in the artemisia plant». Who speaks so sure is Mauro Saio, an Italian doctor who twenty-five years working in Kenya and a score to Nairobi Hospital.
His specialty is to study and treat malaria, a disease that causes every year from one million to three million deaths, according to estimates. According to the World Health Organization people affected each year by malaria which is responsible a parasite called Plasmodium, transmitted by the bite of Anopheles mosquitoes, they are 500 million worldwide. Parasitic insidious: wetsuit genetically very rapidly and is transformed so as to develop a ready drug resistance.
«That’s why the old quinine useful cent ‘years ago – explains Saio – is no longer needed. Its effectiveness has decreased to become almost zero. So it happened for Halofantrine, which was used liberally for fifteen years’ ago. At that time it was understood that he had to associate two different drugs, so as to reduce the occurrence of resistance. Treatment with quinine, as they plasmodium becomes resistant, was accompanied with administration of antibiotics: at first it was used as tetracycline, doxycycline now».
«In the early nineties – still he tells the Italian doctor – I invited Kenya Professor Lee because it presented a new active ingredient for use in your country, China, for at least 3000 years: the artemisimina, water soluble compound and so easily absorbed by ‘body. Kenya used the artemisimina not only worked perfectly but killing the parasite making it even sterile, reduced transmission. In particular, it gave excellent results against Plasmodium falciparum, the most dangerous of the four parasites that cause malaria. What when it hits almost always, if not treated, it kills and develops drug resistance very rapidly. Only in ’98, after having saved dozens of people with a drug made with artemisia alone, I noticed the first signs of the parasite resistance. Apparently healed the sick, but after a few weeks you presented to hospital with a recurrence. To lock the evolution I have tried to associate the artemisimina with other drugs, but with little exciting results, also because I had to use those medicines that had major side effects. Finally it was tuning a specialty that on the one hand with the cure malaria artemisimina, and on the other prevents the parasite becoming resistant, with lumefantrine. It’s a great drug: entered production in 1999 in seven years has not lost its effectiveness».
Its intake is simple. If you experience any of the symptoms of malaria, high fever, headaches and exhaustion, after testing for the presence of Plasmodium in blood take 4 tablets, twice a day, after meals, for three days.
A big difference if you think that the drugs used for prophylaxis should be taken a couple of weeks before arriving in malarial zone and a few weeks after leaving. «The only real prevention that should be applied is made of simple measures; – specifies Dr. Saio – cover up with long sleeves after sunset, sleeping under a mosquito net and use insect repellents applied to the skin». Gimmicks good but that still does not totally prevent contagion. For those who live in an endemic area, the new treatment is a cure: the pharmacological prophylaxis implored yes malaria, but it became too much weight to the liver, the organ where the plasmodium focuses and develops.
And then the price really low, even if in the third world (given the extreme poverty of their people) can not use the term “accessible to all.” A treatment cycle costs 1.2 Euros for an adult and 80 cents for a child. «Since I use this medicine – he explains Dr. Saio laughing – are almost unemployed. I did a lot of research and statistics, and are convinced it will be the solution for serious combat malaria. It is not an easy way, because the manufacturers of older drugs do not intend to remove from the market their products. But soon will have to do it because the WHO, by now, has taken her too heartily the dell’artemisimina street and the use of two drugs in combination».
Malaria causes a real massacre, but a precise figure does not exist and varies greatly depending on the estimates.
500 million new clinical cases per year (of which 90% in tropical Africa) and from 1 to 3 million deaths each year. This is the World Health Organization estimates on infected by Plasmodium malaria.

Visiting times

The best times to go in Kenya are from December to March and from July to October, when the climate is more bearable and comfortable to travel. From April to June and from October to December you can unleash torrential rains and floods, thus making the unsurfaced roads almost impassable. The best time to see the annual migration between Serengeti National Park in Tanzania, and the national reserve Masai Mara in Kenya, between July and October and December-February, however, times may vary from year to year.
Regarding the climate generally refer to section ” Climate of Kenya “. For real-time weather forecasts, wind, tides and weather forecast Malindi and all weather stations see “Windfinder“.


In Kenya the roads are generally good, but some parts are at risk. In the rainy season riding almost exclusively with four-wheel-drive vehicles. The guide is in English (on the left side of the road), but mostly the cars have automatic transmission, which is very convenient. To guide the international driving licence serves although, honestly, it is not essential; the licence from other countries is accepted with English translations, but even this translation is not binding. The controls are limited, but if you stop and ask you explicitly a mancetta, go get him some without making any objections, is annoying but unfortunately does so, you will avoid trouble far greater. A fine is scheduled for serious infringements as not respecting the speed limits, pass with red light, do not fasten seat belts, etc.
Car hire costs around 25 euros per day, even up to 50 euros for those with four-wheel drive. Recommend, to the release of the vehicle, check that it is secured and deliver a receipt where are the data of the car and its rental period.
Be careful: the streets are all difficult and not all have signs, then there is also the risk of getting lost.
Pay attention to the fuel shortage. Better bring a spare fuel tank.
Kenya has a good transport network with the buses (matatu), minibuses and taxis, but not very sure as accidents occur regularly, this also applies to the tuk-tuk (Ape Car) that are used daily for the city.

By train:
It is a movement in Kenya only for the more adventurous and I strongly advise against, unless you have made prior experience. It can happen to need to book tickets with two to three days in advance.

By plane:
You can cover large distances and the trip is quite safe. The national airline Kenya Airways connects major cities and other small towns.

More information on driving in Kenya: 
The drive on the left (do not forget to drive on the left) carries a high level of attention and a different manual skills due to the gearbox and the steering wheel on the opposite side. This little detail, however, should not inhibit the automotive adventure on roads and dirt roads in Kenya Kenyans because driving is an experience that still, beyond all, is best avoided.

Before leaving, however, guide, you need to know:
– During the first three months of residence, in the Malindi-Watamu and around the area, you can drive with your driver’s license in other countries.
In Mombasa, Nairobi and elsewhere in the country should instead drive with an international driving license.
– There is no road signs.
the local drivers are reckless, careless and heedless of the traffic rules so that:
– Do not expect ever to receive precedence.
– the machine flashing oncoming not mean “you I give up, “but I’m coming, you stay still and let me go.
– fronds branches around stopped vehicles indicate fault / disabled vehicle. The consideration of our triangle.
– Dossi or ‘bumps’ everywhere. They serve to slow the speed of the car, but they are never marked by lighting, therefore dangerous if taken at high speed especially at night.

♦ Take care:
– Keep windows and doors closed and locked strictly, the speed with which the expert hands take away mobile phones, bags, wrist watches is almost a legend.
– “Reinforcements” to the windows allow you to leave them open when it’s hot.
– Circular in commercial zones on weekdays and Sundays: closed shops with little traffic and the malicious gangs move more freely. One of the favorite activities of street children is to stone the machines.
– Oil launched on the wheels lends credence to a fault: the driver gets out and here is materializing a mechanic ready to intervene: time and lost money.
– Launch eggs on the windshield: the instinctive windscreen wiper creates a pasty mush that covers the glass and causes it to stop.
♦ never ever stop, even if the techniques to induce to do so are among the most imaginative:
– various aid requests due also in (fake) accidents.
– dead animals, placed on purpose in the middle of the street, cause to stop believing to be responsible for their investment.
– the bad guys are often agree with the corrupt police forces. Be wary of the patrols that suddenly sprout, almost miraculously.
♦ It is recommended:
– Park in the malls: you avoid hassles and scams improvised valet parking.
– Leave at least 1-1.5 meters away not only between a car and the other but also from the gates where you want to enter. This is to have a way of escape in case of danger.
– You always have a full tank of gasoline to not stay standing! Often the gas stations remain “empty” and expect the supply of up, especially outside the city, even after a few days.

Kenya Time Zone

Three hours ahead of the Greenwich Meridian. + 2:0 with respect to Italy; + 1:0 when in Italy there is daylight. Remember that the definition of time in swahili is staggered 6 hours compared to ours: high noon and midnight are the 6 (‘ sitta saa ‘); the 7 and 19 are the one (‘ saa moja ‘). You don’t need to do is add or subtract six hours per hour that you indicated and it is hoped that, from the context, you understand if you are talking about in the morning or in the afternoon! There will happen often if you don’t speak swahili, but it is better to know.


220/240V – electrical outlets typically English style. Adapters for electrical plug type G (three-prong uk with three flat arranged in a triangle) are available in stores in the industry.

Weights and measures

Metric system.


The international code for the Kenyan shilling is KES
The symbol for the Kenyan shilling is KSh
The average Kenyan shilling in 2017 versus Euro 1 Euro = 116,866 KShs
Minimum value in 2017 than Kenyan Shilling (January) – 1 Euro = 106,180 KShs
Maximum value in 2017 than Kenyan Shilling (September) – 1 Euro = 124,900 KShs
Data collected on February 4, 2018 – 1 Euro = KShs 126,800

For more details and updates please visit the following Link

Currency and customs formalities

Tourists can freely import or export foreign currencies up to a maximum of US $ 5,000. Beyond this limit, you must complete a form for the Central Bank to be delivered upon entry or exit from the country. The currency must be changed only at authorized offices (banks, hotels and bureaux de change).

Export ban

It is strictly forbidden to export from the country the following items and their derivatives: elephant ivory, rhino horn, sea turtle, coral, coral and reptile skins. Given that the mere possession of these items constitutes a criminal offense and is punishable with severe penalties, it is recommended the maximum attention during airport transit about the possession of ivory jewelry and / or shells.

As for the export of items such as spotted cats, live animals, insects, shells and plants, you should check the provisions in force and possibly ask for an export permit.
The department responsible for important information and authorizations is the Kenya Wildlife Service P.O. Box 40241 – 00100 Nairobi Kenya Tel: +254 (0) 20 6000800 +254 (0) 20 6002345 +254 (0) 726 610508/9 +254 (0) 736 663400 +254 (0) 735 663421 Fax: +254 (20) 6003792.

Travelers with pets (dogs and cats) consult the Conditions for the importation of dogs / cats in Kenya on the site of the Embassy of Kenya in Rome.
We should not blindly believe the regulations issued by the Embassy of Kenya, so much so that dogs and cats up to 10 kg (including carrier), with the permission of the aircraft commander, may travel in the cabin with the passenger. For rely practices to your veterinarian. It’s the same speech for the export of dogs and cats from Kenya.

Prohibition of detention

Detain trophies like elephant tusks and rhinoceros horns is strictly prohibited by law and Kenyan liable to arrest or fines salty order even two hundred thousand dollars.
For all other objects affecting a bit ‘all because in every house, including the furniture, there may be coral, shells, various furnishings that have sentimental value since purchased many years ago, but especially without a receipt, as is natural, you can get a permit for their detention by contacting the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) it might issue a permit that will ensure the legality of possession and, for inspection by the regularity of detention.

A separate discussion about the detention and / or export of shells.
In Kenya it is allowed to hold, in private homes and hotels, sunny shells so long as you always exhibited the valid receipt of the shopkeeper or stall (with stamp or reliable data seller) and there will be problems. Purchases must be made only and exclusively if the seller is able to issue a proper receipt and to adjust is meant by name, or your store logo, description and price of the purchased object.
It should be recalled that the export of shells and fruit is strictly prohibited and, if it cannot be done without, the purchase must be accompanied, in addition to the regular receipt of the seller as said, also of a receipt of the local hygiene office (Health Office) attesting to the inspection of the goods.

Prohibition to photograph or film military and public structures

In Kenya it is strictly forbidden to photograph or film the military and public facilities such as police stations, courts, banks, ferry and airport facilities. Be aware that some well-known venues, such as pubs and restaurants, are located next to or in front of public buildings, so photographing may be risky. To take photos at people, it’s best to ask them for permission.

Prohibition of filming with flying supports

In Kenya it is absolutely forbidden to film with the so-called “drones”.
Kenya’s law strictly forbids the use of drones for national security. Anyone who will be surprised to use a drone on the Kenyan soil, including National Parks and Private Reserves, risks the seizure of the drone and the arrest, unless requested and obtained permissions from both the Kenya Civil Aviation Authority and the Ministry of Defense.

Obligation for hot water systems to be powered by solar energy

In Kenya, from May 27, 2017 owners of a boiler of more than 100 liters, so especially hotels, condos and businesses, will be considered outlawed if their hot water plant will not be solar powered . The law, according to the Energy Regulatory Commission, is part of the country’s environmental initiatives.

Prohibition of plastic bags

In Kenya, from August 28, 2017, the use of plastic bags will be forbidden.
Severe penis: 4 million shillings (about 35,000 euros) fine or 4 years imprisonment for those who will be found in plastic bags or companies that will use it.
Kenya is the second African country to ban plastic after Rwanda.

State Code


Automotive Code

EAK (East Africa Kenya)


The religious affiliation is as follows: other Protestants and Presbyterians, Quakers, Catholics and 45% 35% Orthodox, Muslim 11%, 9% traditional religions. Others include Hinduism, animism, Sikhism, Jainism and bahá ‘ í belief. Kenya contains the largest group of Quakers in a single nation.


English (92%), Kiswahili (8%), Sheng (slang). English and Kiswahili are considered official languages of the National Assembly and all acts can be written in one or both of these languages. In some cities of the coast is the Italian (Malindi, Watamu, etc.)


Prefix for Italy: 0039 fixed-line or mobile +39
Prefix from Italy: 00254 fixed-line or mobile +254
Telephony: the country has spread the GSM mobile phone network that provides Internet connection services including wireless 3 g technology. There are four mobile operators: Safaricom, Airtel, Orange, YU. In many centres is in development the ADSL network.


You should avoid going out during the night and not flaunt jewelry or large sums of money. It is recommended to avoid areas on the border with Somalia and Ethiopia, the region of Lake Turkana, Trans-Nzoia area, the Isiolo and Marsabit area.
It is recommended that the utmost attention for travelers wishing to travel in particular in the area coastal (Mombasa, Malindi, Lamu). Avoid as far as possible, the places of the best known tourist crowds (nightclubs and restaurants).
Aggression and crime : in general, tourists are most involved in the theft problems in those attacks. That’s why it is recommended to leave your valuables in the safe (the hotel rooms are generally equipped), to be very vigilant in public places and at airports, and to avoid neighborhoods and deserted beaches or unlit roads at night, especially in Nairobi (especially the Eastleigh district), Kisumu and Mombasa. Beware of people who present themselves as students of your language, policemen, employees of hotels and representatives of the government because some of them might be swindlers (ask a professional document).
Animal danger: in the reserves, the danger that represents the wildlife remains limited because visitors “should”, and I repeat should, be accompanied by professionals and not by any charlatans who are in most agencies.
On the coast the reef where it exists, “it should” protects bathers from the attack of any sharks. On the other hand, you may want to bring light shoes to protect themselves, in the corals, the “stone fish” and the “dragon fish”, whose poisonous bites can be deadly.
For the latest tourist information, on the state of the roads and to any aid in an emergency, the Kenya Tourism Federation has a security center and communications: Tel .: Nairobi, 254-2-604767, or e- mail: [email protected] .

City of Kenya


Activities in Kenya


Italian Embassy and Consulates

Embassy of Italy in Nairobi Ambassador: Mr. Mauro Massoni
United Nation Crescent, Gigiri
PO Box 63389-00169 Muthaiga – Nairobi
Tel: +254 (0) 20 5137500, +254 (0) 20 5137550, +254 (0) 20 2247750,
+254 (0) 20 343 144, +254 ( 0) 20 2247696, +254 (0) 20 2247755
Fax: +254 (0) 703 136 286, +254 (0) 20 2247086
Emergency: +254 (0) 20 5137500 (Monday to Friday 08:00 to 16:00)
Cell phone availability: +254 (0) 722 514 327 (daily 16:00 to 21:00)
Crisis Unit: +39063 6225 (available 24 hours, every day)
E-mail: @ nairobi Embassy ; consolare. nairobi @

Honorary Consulate of Mombasa Consul: Mr. Fiorenzo Castellano
MSC Plaza, off Moi Avenue 5th floor, Kililindi Rd
at P.O. Box 80637-80100 MOMBASA
Tel: +254 (0) 41 2312626, +254 (0) 41 2223446
Fax: +254 (0) 41 2311192
Mobile: +254 (0) 733.631488
E-mail: [email protected]

Honorary Consulate of Malindi Consul: Mr. Ivan Del Prete (from 3/18/2016)
Sabaki Center Lamu Road
P.O. Box 704-80200 Malindi
Tel: +254 (0) 20 502 4221, +254 (0) 4221 20740
Emergencies: +254 (0) 722.264835
Fax +254 (0) 4221 31170
Mobile: +254 (0) 722.825392
E-mail: [email protected], [email protected]

Consular correspondent in Kilifi
Mr. Martino Lai
Cell: +254 (0) 722.426781
Consular correspondent in Watamu
Mr. Marco Cavalli (from 10.09.2016 replaces Mr. Giovanni Parazzi)
Cell: +254 (0) 733.910737
E-mail: [email protected]
Consular correspondent in Malindi
Mr. Roberto Macrì
Cell: +254 (0) 722.825392

Contact Co.Mi.Tes. Malindi
Mr. Roberto Macrì
Cell: +254 (0) 722.825392

NB calling from abroad do not dial (0) after the country code.