Arriving in Kenya´s Jomo Kenyatta Airport
Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, formerly known as the Nairobi International Airport, is Kenya's largest airport and also the busiest airport in East Africa. It is named after the 1st Kenyan Prime Minister and President, Mr. Mzee Jomo Kenyatta and is located 15 kilometers Southeast of Nairobi.
The airport consist of 5 different units:
Terminal 1A, 1B and 1C: International departures and arrivals, check-in counters, with security check points etc. It has 3 levels with parking facilities, duty-free shops, food court and more.
Terminal 1D (Previously known as: Unit 3) - Domestic flights and check-in desks
- International Arrivals - International Flight Arrivals/Immigration: this is where you will land when arriving to Kenya in an international flight
Here are our tips for a stress free arrival to the airport:
Remember that prior to departure, your airline/cruise ship check-in agent will ask to see your e-Visa document before checking in so make sure you have a hard copy with you.
Upon arrival at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport you will see that there are immigration desks situated at each end of the baggage claim hall. You will see that there are separate lines for people who arrive with the electronic Kenya tourist visa (also known as Kenya eVisa) and for others such as locals, people with embassy issued visa holders, crew members etc. This is a great implementation from the Kenyan Immigrations Department as this saves you time since the Immigrations official already have all your information on a screen in front of them.
Immigration Desks at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi, Kenya
It should take less than 5 minutes to verify all your details and to receive your entry stamp. We suggest that you print copies of all the documents you uploaded online as this may be required to verify your travel plans upon arrival in Kenya.
To save further time, you can print a copy of the Kenyan official customs form and complete it prior to arrival.
IMPORTANT: The yellow fever vaccination is required for everyone visiting Kenya. Be sure to consult your medical doctor in time to get the correct vaccination and take your vaccination card with you as proof.
Final tips: Check the stamp in your passport as this indicates how long you can stay in the country, overstaying in Kenya is not recommendable. You can get you into a lot of trouble, paying fines and unnecessary stress. Should you need to stay longer in Kenya, make sure to visit the Kenyan Immigration headquarters in Nairobi (Nyayo House 20th floor, Kenyatta Avenue/Uhuru Highway, Nairobi, Tel:+254-20-2222022). Note that the maximum number of days you can stay in Kenya is 6 (six) months.
After picking up your bags, turn left and at the end of the hall you will see a currency exchange service in case you need it.
If you need a taxi you can find a taxi desk further along the baggage claims hall.