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visa and departure tax

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visa and departure tax

we are travelling to mombasa in april and want to check if the entry visa and departure tax have to be paid in us dollars or can we use sterling - also which is the best currency to use us dollars or kenyan shillings?

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1. Re: visa and departure tax

Dear Neil,


Its best you pay in U$ since the entry visa are US50 currently, again dollar is mostly used so far in the Kenyan markets that sterling.


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But why would you change £ Sterling into US£ if you don't have to? The exchange rate is awful at the moment so much better to pay in £sterling if you can.

The uestion is relevant though as occasionally they change the rules and only allow visas to be paid in $. Is that the case now?

Also better to use kenyan shillings in country - unless you have to pay in US£ as you do for safaris.

Mtwapa, Kenya
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3. Re: visa and departure tax

As Val says, as you are from the UK it makes no sense at all to buy dollars as you get hit twice. Just bring pounds and change for shillings at a forex here or just use your debit card to withdraw shillings as and when you need them. You'll need shillings for local shops, bars, restaurants and tipping.

It has been a long time since Immigration had one of their dollar only days, and they only ever had them at Nairobi, they have always accepted pounds at Mombasa, its currently £30.

You only pay departure tax if you are flying with Thomson and you can pay that in dollars, pounds or shillings. It is $40 so the pound and shilling prices vary with exchange rates it should currently be around £27 or 3,500/-

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4. Re: visa and departure tax

I agree. Coming from UK, there is no point in getting dollars. If you are using a Debit or Credit Card in Kenya, don't forget to warn your card provider.

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