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A few questions - advice needed

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We are travelling to Watamu in June 2011 and I have read about Yellow Fever, do we need the vacination?, we are only doing a beach holiday and have no plans to do a safari. Do we need malaria tablets for the trip?. Is is best to sort the entry visa prior to travelling or to do it at the airport on arrival? What currency is it best to take, for tipping etc at the hotel? Do we need a cardigan for the evenings?

This is our first time in Kenya so thanks in advance for the advice.

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if you are travelling direct from the uk , no you don't need the yellow fever injection, yes you DO need the malaria tablets, as for the visa we have done it both ways but prefer to get it in kenya, we have had our passports go missing in the post before ! Tips are best given in kenyan shillings, if you tip in say £1 coins , some mug has to change them into shillings for them (usually me) as for the cardigan , it does sometimes get chilly on the night due to the wind at that time of year, this doesn't bother me but my wife has certainly needed one at times if we are sat near the beach on a night

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It is a personal choice whether you have the Yellow Fever jab or not, this article from the Kenya Travel Guide was written to dispel myths and misinformation and help people decide whether to have it


(there is also a link to this article from the FAQs on the Mombasa Forum page, there is lots of other good info , including more info on currency, in the FAQs there as well)

as for visas, again it is a personal choice, some people prefer to buy in advance, others don't like the idea of sending their passport in the mail so buy on arrival.

It costs a little more to get one in advance, in addition to the fee there is the cost of a Postal Order (10% of the fee), Special Delivery (there and back - £5.50 each way), and a passport photo.

if you buy on arrival it still helps to download the form and fill it in before you go, saves a scramble for forms, pens and somewhere to write at the airport, and gets you in the queue earlier.

Whether you have a visa or need to buy one you still have to queue at an Immigration desk, the queues at the desk for people with visas tend to be shorter and move quicker. This generally makes little difference if you are coming in through Nairobi, where there are two Immigration areas and as the flights are scheduled rather than holiday charters, and it is a hub airport for East and Central Africa not everybody off your plane will go through Immigration or need a visa, so you are usually through either way before any bags have come off.

It can make a significant difference if you come in through Mombasa, where your flight will be a big charter plane with everybody hitting the desks at the same time, the queue for people with visas will be shorter and move faster but there is no guarantee that if you get straight through Immigration that you will not have a long wait for your bags if they are last off. If you are on a tour company transfer you will have to wait for the slowest passengers anyway.

Its a personal choice and people tend to swear by which ever method they choose to use

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