Tourism is one of Kenya’s most important industries, second only to agriculture. According to Wikipedia, in the year 2000, 1,036,628 tourists visited Kenya. Tourism receipts for that year were approximately $257 million.
Tourism in Kenya is mainly conservation-oriented, with the major draws being wildlife parks, beaches, the Great Rift Valley and coffee plantations. Kenya has 19 national parks, housing animals like rhinoceros, lions, baboons, flamingos, cheetahs and more.
Although tourism revenues declined significantly in 2008 due to the crisis that occurred after the 2007 presidential election, in April 2008 Kenya was still named Best Leisure Destination award at the World Travel Fair in Shanghai, China.
The US Department of State currently has a travel warning issued for Kenya due to high rates of crime in some areas, possible terrorist attack s and tensions along the Somali and Ethiopian borders. That’s not to say that you shouldn’t go, but do read the travel warning so you have a better idea of the steps you should take to keep yourself safe.
To visit Kenya, American citizens need both passports and Kenyan visas.
Here are the required documents for a Kenyan tourist visa:
- 1 Kenyan visa application form
- 1 passport photo
- A copy of your travel itinerary
Kenyan visa application forms are required to be typed. Even if you aced penmanship in elementary school, you still need to go the Kenyan Embassy’s website, fill out the form online and print it.
RushMyTravelVisa can help you apply for a Kenyan tourist visa, as well as any other visas you might need for your trip. We provide help with the application and will forward your paperwork to the appropriate embassy or consulate for the fastest possible service.