Moving to Kenya

Moving to Kenya


You are moving to Kenya. Atlas Movers will get you there.

Thanks to our many years of experience and good collaboration with our local partners, moving to Kenya is a totally hassle-free process. Whether you live in Egypt, Tanzania or anywhere else in the world; we will take all your worries off your hands when moving to Kenya.

We offer you personal support during this exciting step of moving to Kenya. You have worked and lived abroad, and you now want to move back to Kenya. Like any other relocation, moving to Kenya is a major event. Atlas International Movers is there to facilitate your journey from door to door.

Atlas International Movers calls at various destinations all over the world each week to pack, load and deliver household goods. Do you have any questions? Our experts would be happy to help! We are the perfect moving company to arrange your move to the country of Kenya.

What do you have to arrange yourself?

If you’re moving to Kenya it will be important to obtain the right visa. The right visa for you depends on the reason you’re moving to Kenya, your nationality and how long you intend to stay in Kenya. So where can I find more information about visas in Kenya? There are very few states in the world that do not offer visa exemption to particular nationalities. Kenya is pretty easy to get into. Citizens of 43 states can travel to Kenya without a visa. Since they are visa exempt, only a passport is necessary to enter the country, and there’s no need to Get a Kenyan visa. The only exceptions to this rule involve the citizens of Rwanda and Uganda. They can travel to Kenya only with their ID cards. That is because all three countries (Rwanda, Uganda, and Kenya) are a part of the East African Agreement.

The best place with the most information is the official evisa website for Kenya. A Single Entry Visa (Ordinary Visa / Tourist Visa / Visitor’s Pass) is the most common type of Visa and can be obtained via the Kenyan Electronic Visa Application System (eVisa) or on arrival and is valid for 90 days from the date of issue. On the official evisa website for Kenya they will explain step by step how to obtain the right visa.

The Kenyan government made it very easy for you to find out whether you need a visa or not. The website will help you with the necessary steps:

  1. Sign up for an account: Take a few seconds to sign up. All you need is your ID number for citizens and residents
  2. Apply for services: Fill the application then pay the fees using mobile money, cards and online banking from local banks.
  3. Download applications: Receive notifications every time your application has progressed and download your application in PDF.

These are the different types of visas:

If you’re not sure whether or not you need a visa you can use this website to check if that’s the case.

Kenyan residence visa

If expats will be in Kenya for longer than 90 days, they will need a residence visa. This permit is also needed to work or study in the country. The process of acquiring a work permit for Kenya can be complicated. Luckily, employers will usually take care of the bulk of the paperwork involved in applying for a work permit. Because work permit applications require the participation of the expat’s employer, it is not possible to obtain a work permit without a solid job offer from an employer in Kenya.

What rights will my visa give me in Kenya? Every visa has different rights and conditions, so it’s important to find out what you’re entitled to and what your restrictions are while living in Kenya. If you need more information, you can find it on this website. Also It might be worthwhile getting the help of a migration agent or lawyer to help navigate your way through the Kenyan system.

Can I become a Kenyan Citizen?

Can I become a Kenyan citizen? Yes, you can become a Kenyan citizen with all the accompanying rights through either naturalization or birth. You do not have to forfeit your original nationality, because since 2004 dual nationality is allowed.

  • The Kenyan constitution states that “a person is a citizen by birth if on the day of the person’s birth, whether or not the person is born in Kenya, either the mother or father of the person is a citizen”.
  • Children born abroad and who have at least one parent with Kenyan citizenship, are automatically Kenyan citizens by birth.  They may, therefore, apply for a Kenyan passport.  It is also recommended that they apply for a “birth certificate for children born abroad”, which serves as the child’s registration in Kenya.
  • Naturalization can be granted to a person who has been lawfully resident in Kenya for a continuous period of at least seven years, and who satisfies the conditions prescribed by an Act of Parliament, may apply to be registered as a citizen.

For more information on how to become a Kenyan national, contact the municipality where you live. That is also where you have to submit your application. You could also take a look at this website.

Moving to Kenya, what’s next?

So you’re moving to Kenya! You have a job offer/work contract with a residence visa and a work permit. Now it’s important to make the relocation to Kenya as smooth as possible, that’s why Atlas is the perfect partner for your relocation. In addition to moving to Kenya, you will also have to start looking at everything Kenya has to offer. Why else is moving to Kenya right for you?

Well, Kenya has had a history of violent attacks in the past. The only no-go’s in the country are what you see in the travel advisories which is to avoid the Kenya-Somalia border and some coastal areas due to terrorism. And areas of Turkana County due to crime. Also in Nairobi neighborhoods of Eastleigh and Kibera there is Violent crime, such as armed carjacking, mugging, home invasion, and kidnapping, which can occur at any time. Street crime can involve multiple armed assailants. Local police often lack the resources and training to respond effectively to serious criminal incidents.

Otherwise Kenya is a rather safe country if you take the necessary safety measures. Furthermore Kenya is known everywhere as a land of beautiful scenery, wildlife, great food and culture. Vibrant cities with gorgeous architecture. 

These are some of the most beautiful places you should visit whilst staying in Kenya:

  • Maasai Mara National Reserve: The park is famous for the Great Migration, when thousands of wildebeest, zebra, and Thomson’s gazelle travel to and from the Serengeti, from July through October.
  • Amboseli National Reserve: Crowned by Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest peak, Amboseli National Reserve is one of Kenya’s most popular tourist parks. The name “Amboseli” comes from a Maasai word meaning “salty dust,” an apt description for the park’s parched conditions.
  • Tsavo National Park: Kenya’s largest park, Tsavo, is sliced in two: Tsavo West and Tsavo East. Together these parks comprise four percent of the country’s total area and encompass rivers, waterfalls, savannah, volcanic hills, a massive lava-rock plateau, and an impressive diversity of wildlife.
  • Samburu, Buffalo Springs, and Shaba National Reserves: On the banks of the palm-lined Ewaso Nyiro River, Samburu, Buffalo Springs, and Shaba Reserves lie in an arid region in the remote north of Kenya.
  • Lake Nakuru National Park: Lake Nakuru National Park, in Central Kenya, is famous for its huge flocks of pink flamingos. The birds throng on Lake Nakuru itself, one of the Rift Valley soda lakes that covers almost a third of the park’s area.

Of course there is so much to see and you don’t have to do everything at once. That is the beauty of living in Kenya, there is always something new to discover. Do you want to know more about the country and all that it has to offer? Have a look at their tourism website! Don’t worry the website is also in English!

Living in Kenya

Moving to Kenya is exciting and new. It’s a beautiful country with lots to offer. Living in Kenya is easy and the people are outgoing. Kenya is a multi-ethnic country with as many as 42 different groups. Various ethnic communities speak their respective local dialects, though the country has adopted Swahili as the national language and English as the official language of instruction.

Kenyans are warm, just like the landscape they call home. All the various communities, though noticeably distinct, are very welcoming. Scenes of happy dances accompanied by loud traditional songs are quite common when welcoming visitors. Moreover, visitors are revered in many Kenyan communities. A visitor will easily get the best provisions a host family can provide. Most families will go the extra mile to ensure their guest is comfortable in the real sense of the word.

These are some of the things expats found different about living in Kenya. Luckily there are multiple websites dedicated to make living in Kenya easier for expats. If you want more information about Kenyan culture and social etiquette, try this website. You’ll find loads of useful information about Kenya.

Moving to Kenya, how do we proceed?

The process of moving to Kenya is different for every client, it depends on which country you’re moving from and if you’re already a Kenyan citizen. But our system stays the same! The employees of our partners will pack your household goods in seaworthy packaging, after which they will be transported by sea, while small consignments will be sent by air.

They will visit you at your home and will discuss with you what is required in order to emigrate to Kenya. They will draw up a detailed inventory and will explain to you the specific rules for the customs clearance of your belongings, to ensure you are fully prepared for moving to Kenya. Thanks to our many years of experience and good collaboration with our local partners, we will ensure that you will have no surprises when moving to Kenya. If you’re planning to move to Kenya and you want us to help you move, you can request a free quote or use one of the options below.

A call request

We will be more than happy to give you a call to discuss your requirements, answer any questions you may have and plan an appointment for a pre-move survey. Let us guide and advise you to make your transition as smoothly as possible. Feel free to leave your name and number, one of our customer service agents will call you shortly to assist you.

A video survey

You have come to a stage that you require to request a quotation for your upcoming move. You may still have some questions and prefer a video survey above an in-home survey. Select a day and time and we will reach out to you to conduct a video survey. Using your mobile device you can show us the items you would like to move.

A survey form

You know exactly what to move and would like to learn more about the flexibility of our services and related pricing. Just follow the process, complete your details, tell us about your requirements and we will get back to you shortly with our quotation for your requested services.

If you are not really sure on what to choose, a call request is the easiest solution. That way we can answer all of your questions! If you, like us, like to prepare for a relocation then you may find our checklist very helpful. It gives a timeline with tips on how to prepare yourself for your relocation! Download our checklist at the bottom of this page!

Moving to Kenya with your own relocation coordinator

Atlas International Movers guides your move from door to door. If you have any questions during the relocation process, please contact your personal relocation coordinator. This person can answer all your questions about the move. This way you can prepare for your life in Kenya without any problems.

With our years of experience, we know exactly how to get your belongings safely from door to door. Well-trained and committed movers guarantee you a worry-free move! Our relocation consultant will visit you prior to your move to Kenya. Our advisor will discuss the move with you and ask about your wishes and expectations. Whether you want to move to Nairobi, Mombasa, Nakuru or Eldoret or one of the other beautiful cities with Atlas International Movers your belongings will arrive safely at their destination.

If you are moving to Kenya and you want to make an appointment with us or one of our partners, please feel free to contact us or view our website! If you would like storage for your household effects before, during or after moving to Kenya, this is also possible. Click here for more information about inventory storage at Atlas. If you want to know more about Atlas International Movers, read more about our moving company here!

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