crossing the border from western Kenya to Tanzania
Replies: 14 - Last Post: Sep 1, 2013 2:57 PM Last Post By: christopher_has...
Feb 14, 2013 4:54 AM
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Feb 15, 2013 6:20 AM
2We hold US Passports and are renewing our Kenyan visas when we return because we are working here. Work permits are in process.
Feb 15, 2013 6:52 AM
3You can buy a three-month Tanzanian visa at the border for US$100 (non-Americans pay only $50). A transit visa valid for seven days is cheaper; you have to exit Tanzania through a different point than the one you entered, but since you are going to Malawi that could work well for you. Just remember that Tanzania is big, so if you are crossing it in seven days you won't have much time to waste.
Malawi is not in the East African Community, so if you go there you will be forced to buy another Tanzanian visa when you re-enter, and you will also have to buy a new Kenyan visa, unless the immigration official fails to notice that you were in Malawi.
Yes, the visa costs do add up if you are going as far as Malawi.
The good news is you can enter Malawi free of charge for up to 30 days. You just show up at the border and get stamped in.
As for your mention of obstacles, I can't foresee any. All Kenya-Tanzania border crossings have uniform prices and rules. But when you asked about "real" crossings, which crossing did you have in mind?
Feb 16, 2013 1:15 AM
4Hi. Thanks for your reply. I guess I am just wanting to make sure that the border crossing in the southwest part of Kenya, called Serari/Isebania is open for sure. I also understood, from something I read, that you could get a multiple visit visa to Tanzania. Is that no longer true? Thanks for your help.
Feb 16, 2013 4:45 AM
Isebainia Border is open, we regularly get clients going from Masai Mara to Serengeti who use it.
For US citizens the $100 visa for TZ is multi-entry and valid for 12 months so you can come back with the same visa.
Borders are fine, sometimes interesting experience! Just watch out for pick-pockets and make sure you get your visa's in the appropriate places, not with some of the con-men outside who say they can do it for you and steal your money!
Have fun :)
Feb 16, 2013 7:43 AM
Feb 21, 2013 11:32 PM
7I know about crossing Kenyan border to Tanzania there are different points but if you are crossing from Namanga with the sole intention of going to Malawi. Then i think you dont need to go upto Dar es salaam if you are using public transport you could go to Arusha then you get buses going to Mogogoro or something like that which is in southern Tanzania then you get a bus to the border of Malawi. And i when you you get a valid passport and yellow fever card then you pay between $50 to $100 for a visa and you cross over safely. Sometimes i think on land borders our brothers do treat white folks kindly than we africans so relax and i wish you both safe journey and a wonderful experience.
Feb 22, 2013 7:37 AM
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Feb 26, 2013 4:44 AM
Jul 19, 2013 1:26 AM
11This was our experience which we wish to share with all travellers.
We travelled from Nairobi, Kenya to Moshi, Tanzania last month (June 2013) by shuttle, and crossed the border at Namanga. You can obtain a visa for Tanzania at this border crossing. Before the shuttle (it's a minivan) left Nairobi, the driver handed out the papers to fill out for the immigration office at the border crossing. No other information is voluntarily given about the procedures at the border.
When you get to the border crossing, BEWARE of the local touts that prey on the non-locals.
On the Kenya side of the border, you hand in the departure forms at the Kenya visa office. Then you cross over to the Tanzania visa office to apply for the visa into Tanzania. When you walk over, there is a short distance of 50metres between the two offices, where you will be descended upon by the local touts (sometimes in packs) who will tell you you need to apply for the visa with them, or you need to change your US currency to TSh.
Be BOLD and just keep walking. You have to go into the office and get your visa at the counter. Also it is a good idea to walk over with a large group, as they are less likely to target a group.
We did not take heed of our own misgivings, and let the pack of 4 touts cheat us out of our US$100 for an equivalent of less than US$1 in TSh.
When we told the person at the Tanzania visa counter what had happened, he replied " Didn't anyone tell you not to change your money?" OF COURSE NOT!
And we consider ourselves to be well-travelled. So just a warning here - BEWARE.
Jul 19, 2013 5:28 PM
12Do make a point of checking exchange rates before you cross borders. Confirm the money changer's figures with your own (cell phone) calculator. Never let them rush you. The East African currencies are fairly stable and don't fluctuate much against each other.
By the way, a fair rate is within about 3% of the posted exchange rate for that day. For example, if the Tanzania/Kenya rate is 18.5 to 1, you should be able to buy for 18, sell for 19.
Sep 1, 2013 12:12 PM
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