Advice for British people living in Kenya, including information on health, education, benefits, residence requirements and more.
You should follow the advice of the Kenyan government and your local authority. You can also read Kenya travel advice for our latest guidance.
For information on vaccines abroad, see our COVID-19 travel guidance.
Healthcare in Kenya is expensive but the major private hospitals have good facilities and highly trained staff. There are Government hospitals but these are normally poorly equipped and in poor condition. To be admitted to a private hospital (if you don’t have insurance)requires a deposit of approx £300.
Nairobi Hospital Private Hospital in Nairobi
Aga Khan Hospitals Private Hospital in Nairobi, Kisumu and Mombasa
M.P. Shah Hospital Private Hospital in Nairobi
Kenyatta National Hospital Government Hospital in Nairobi
Kenya offers a wide range of educational oppurtunties. There are state run schools ( for Kenya Citizens only) and a wide variety of private fee paying private schools. British Council has a large presence here
Employment and recognised qualifications
All Non Kenyan Citizens require a permit to work in Kenya, even for Voulantary work.
Entry and residence requirements
British Nationals require a visa to enter Kenya, this can be obtained on arrival or in advance from the Kenyan High Commission in UK.
For information on residence requirements contact Kenyan Immigration.
British nationals resident in Kenya can voluntarily register with the National Integrated Identity Management System (NIIMS) which is primarily for access to government services. The system is a central master biodata register for all Kenyan citizens and foreigners. For more information contact the Huduma Namba website.
There is no benefits system in Kenya, however if you are working you will be paying in to the National Social Security Fund and the National Hospital Insurance fund.
Driving licences and vehicles
You can drive on your UK or international driving licence for up to 90 days.
Kenya Revenue Authority Kenyan Government department issuing licenses
There are many International banks and investment companies operating in Kenya , below are the basic requirements fo opeing a bank account (may vary slightly with different banks)
Requirements for opening a bank account in Kenya:
- ID or passport
- Minimun opening balance ( Varies with different banks)
- Utility bill/ lease agreement( for purpose of verifying physical address)
- Colour passport photograph
- Recomendation letter from an employer or other customer
For information on taxation in Kenya: Kenya Revenue Authourity
Guidance on bringing medication into Kenya
All Non Kenyans require a permit/visa to live in Kenya.
For Kenya Immigration requirements please go to
Social ethics and traditions
Kenya has an extremely diverse population. Major religions are Christian 82.5%, Muslim 11.1% Other eg Hindu 2.5% ( 2009 Census) Official languages are Kiswahili and English.
Returning to the UK
No official processes to follow when departing.