Kenya Shopping, Embassy and Communication

Kenya Shopping, Embassy and Communication



Kiswahili and English; more than 30 African languages ​​are also spoken, including Kikuyu, Luo and Maasai.

Public Holidays

01/01/2022 New Year

04/15/2022 Good Friday

04/18/2022 easter monday

05/01/2022 Eid al-Fitr (End of Ramadan)

05/01/2022 Labor Day

06/01/2022 Madaraka Day

07/09/2022 Eid al-Adha (Feast of Sacrifice)

10/20/2022 Mashujaa Day

12/12/2022 Independence Day

12/25/2022 Christmas

12/26/2022 Christmas


(a) The dates given for Islamic holidays are calculated according to the lunar calendar and therefore shift from year to year.

During the fasting month of Ramadan, which precedes Eid al-Fitr, Muslims are forbidden to eat, drink or smoke from sunrise to sunset, which causes disruptions or deviations in the normal course of business (including reduced opening hours of shops and authorities) and therefore there may be restrictions for travelers.

Many restaurants outside the hotels are closed during the day, and the consumption of alcohol and cigarettes is restricted or e.g. T. even strictly forbidden, even for non-Muslim vacationers. In hotel complexes it must be taken into account that meals and drinks during Ramadan may only be taken in the hotel restaurant or in the room.

Travelers should expect increased sensitivity in religious matters as well as in respect of Islamic traditions.

Some interruptions may also occur during Eid al-Fitr. This festival, like Eid al-Adha, is indefinite and can last from 2-10 days depending on the region.

(b) If a public holiday falls on a Sunday, it shall be observed on the following Monday.

Duty free shopping


The following items can be imported duty-free into Kenya (persons aged 18 and over): 250 g of tobacco products (cigarettes, cigars, cigarillos, tobacco, snuff); 1 liter of spirits or 2 liters of wine; 1 liter of perfume and eau de toilette (perfume must account for more than a quarter of the total). Gifts and personal items not to exceed the equivalent of US$500. The declaration of valuables is recommended.

Prohibited Imports

Counterfeit money, narcotics, used tires, firearms and ammunition (only with police approval), CS gas and pepper spray, drugs, pornographic material, toy and fake weapons, fruit, plants and plant seeds. More information is available from

Prohibited Exports

gold, diamonds. The export of animal skins and other hunting trophies is prohibited without permission from the Kenyan government agency. Further information is available from Kenya Customs.

Contact addresses

Consulate General of the Republic of Kenya
Avenue de la Paix 1-3
+41 (22) 906 40 50/73. Embassy of the Republic of Kenya

Honorary Consulate in Linz.

Donau-City-Strasse 6, Andromeda Tower, 16th Floor
+43 (1) 712 39 19.



Mon-Fri 09.00-13.00 and 14.00-17.00. Consular Section: Mon-Fri 10am-12.30pm.

Embassy of the Republic of Kenya

Honorary Consulate in Hamburg.

Markgrafenstrasse 63
+49 (0)30 25 92 66 0.

Mon-Fri 09.00-13.00 and 13.30-16.00. Consular section: Mon-Fri 09.00-13.00, Wed 14.00-16.00.


Business etiquette

Light suits are appropriate for all occasions. Appointments should be arranged in advance. English is the official language of business. Business hours: Mon-Fri 0800-1300 and 1400-1730. In Mombasa, offices open and close i. Generally half an hour earlier.

Business contacts



According to, the country code for Kenya is 00254. Public payphones are no longer available in Kenya.

Mobile phone

GSM 1800 / 900, 3G (2100) and 4G (LTE). With the exception of remote areas in the northeast of the country, the transmission and reception area covers all of Kenya. Network operators include Telkom, Airtel and Safaricom. International roaming contracts exist. It may be worth purchasing a Kenyan prepaid SIM card.


Internet providers include Telkom. There are internet cafes in Mombasa, Nairobi and other major cities. WiFi is available in larger cities, in hotels and in luxury hunting lodges.

Post office

The Kenya Post Office website provides a post office locator. Mailboxes are red. In addition to post offices, stamps can also be purchased from stationers, souvenir shops and hotels. Postal items to Europe take up to four days to arrive and delivery is generally reliable. The post offices are open Mon-Fri 08.00-17.00 and Sat 09.00-12.00.


Numerous German-language radio stations can be received over the Internet in Kenya.

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