ATM, visa desks, and shops in Nairobi (NBO) airport
Replies: 4 - Last Post: Dec 2, 2012 12:49 PM Last Post By: dphrph
Nov 28, 2012 12:36 AM
ATM, visa desks, and shops in Nairobi (NBO) airportHi all,
I searched around and it has been a while since a question along this line has been posted so I am creating this thread.
1. A previous post from 2009 or so said that the ATMs at airport were Barclays Bank and usually working. Is this still the case? I'd like to get some Kenyan currency before leaving the airport if possible.
2. I've read that the visa desks toward the higher numbered gates are less busy than the ones closer to the lower numbered gates. Does anyone have any opinions as to if this is true?
3. I realize they may be overpriced but is there a shop in the airport selling items such as contact lens solution, deodorant, toothpaste etc? I'm flying from the US so I can only bring small quantities with me and I'd like to stock up a bit before heading overland to Tanzania. Since I won't be driving my own vehicle, I'm not sure what will be at the places the bus stops at for bathroom breaks/food. So even if it costs a bit more to buy a couple of items at the airport, it may be my only chance for a while.
4. Finally, is there a shop selling SIM cards in the airport?
Thank you for any information you might have.
Nov 28, 2012 1:55 AM
Just some highlights on your quiz...
1.The JKIA airport has several Atm's (barclays,Stanchart,Stanbic so you shouldnt worry...even a general atm (pesa point) accepts most if not all banks.
2.For Visa desk am not sure about about that...but it would be ideal to check them out as you checking as it also depends with the time you land.
3. Airport shops are kinda expensive from my comparison...but def. most of those personal effects can be found at the duty free....(if you are leaving the airport you can as well ask the driver to take a quick drop at Capital Centre shopping mall along Mombasa road about 10mins from the Airport there is a supermarket in there that could be more ideal)
4. Yes there are i wuld bet all local Mobile providers shops at the airport....definately Safaricom,Airtel ...is a guarantee...would be about 1-2usd and airtime top up the same place.
Hope this is helpful
enjoy your trip and welcome to Kenya!
Nov 28, 2012 3:29 AM
2What time does your flight arrive in NBO?? If its before 1.00 PM you should be able to find a supermarket and pharmacy that will supply all your needs - I seem to recall there is one not far from the Barclays building in down-town Nairobi. Check with your local bank to see which of the above nominated banks will have to the lowest ATM fees (if one of them has an arrangement with your bank it will be cheaper). Rgs
Nov 28, 2012 9:43 AM
1. as pointed out there are a variety of ATMs and rates. I found have my Canadian bank card does not work at all machines. It is not even consistent with banking Brand. I have never had a problem at any KCB machine and Barclays are 60/40 (60% success). specifically referring to the airport, I have found the Barclay's machine up by the stores (before you go down the ramp towards the visa desks) is more reliable for my card. also, Barclays has max withdrawal of 40,000 KES...whereas KCB max is 20,000KES. Also may be of use.....one of the three machines at the KCB location directly across from main post office downtown Nairobi gives you the choice to withdraw KES or USD.
2. I am only aware of 1 row of visa desks and it is not divided by gates but rather by Citizen, Resident, All others. I have found if you print the visa application at home and fill it out on the airplane, you are often first in line (because everyone else is having to fill the form out before approaching the immigration officer.
3. been answered but I agree with the other posters in that asking your driver to make a brief stop is the way I would go.
4. I am not sure about the other companies but there is a safaricom desk right in the middle of all the gates (just before you go down the ramp to the visa desk, look the opposite direction and there it is) and they sell SIMcards. Before you leave home, make sure you check your phone frequencies against the Kenyan service provider frequencies.
Enjoy your travels.
Dec 2, 2012 12:49 PM
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