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Passports and Visas

Passports and Visas


When preparing for your safari, it's important to start with the basics. And all the safari planning starts with making sure you have a valid passport and have any necessary visas for your trip.

All travellers must have current passports valid for 6 months after the expected departure date from Africa. Visas are required for Kenya and Tanzania. A visa kit will be sent to all guests along with their other documents. A visa is also required for Zambia—it is obtained at point of entry and no photos are required. The visa fee must be paid in US dollars, and the amount is dependent upon when you are travelling.

No visas are required for South Africa or Botswana for American or Canadian citizens.
Please note that anyone travelling to Kenya or South Africa must have two consecutive blank visa pages in their passport, which lie side by side when the passport is open (i.e. a left and a right hand page). Please note the last few pages of US passports are amendment/ endorsements pages; these pages do not count as visa pages. Just as a precaution, your passport should have at least 2 blank visa pages for each country you visit including any extensions. In addition, a parent travelling with children, without the other parent, will need a letter of consent from the absent parent. The letter of consent must be certified by the police.

Visit The US State Department to find information on obtaining a US passport. For information on obtaining a Kenyan visa, log on to the Kenya Ministry of Tourism. For information on obtaining a visa for Tanzania, visit the Tanzania Tourist Board's website.

For assistance in obtaining a passports or visas, click here This link opens in a new window to visit CIBT.