How do I find crew and film agents in Kenya?
A good resource is our Production Guide, which lists thousands of production workers and support services. You can also look through our website www.kenyafilmcommission.com .
Do I need a permit to shoot/film in Kenya?
To film in Kenya, it is a requirement to acquire license via a local registered agent .The Department of Film Services undertakes licensing for the following;
- Adverts, documentaries, dramas, short features; still photographs
- Full-length feature films, TV series
For foreign crew, each is required to pay a fee to the Department of Immigration Services for a special pass before engaging in any film shooting. Artists may, however, arrive in Kenya on a visitor’s pass while the filming special pass is being processed. A nominal non-refundable fee of 1% of the value of the equipment is payable to the Customs Department on presentation of a film license.
Filming at National Parks and Reserves will attract a daily park entry fee. Further information can be accessed at http://www.kws.org
How can shooting in Kenya save me money?
Our large and experienced crew base, numerous production resources and vast array of locations already make Kenya a smart economic choice.
What languages are spoken in Kenya?
English is the “language of communication” in Kenya. It is widely spoken in hotels, restaurants and visitor establishments.
Swahili is Kenya’s national language. A little Swahili goes a long way in Kenya.
Will I be able to use my electrical equipment in Kenya?
The electricity supply in Kenya is 220/240 volts AC, 50HZ. Plugs are 3 point square. If you are planning to bring a video camera charger or any other electrical device, please bring voltage and plug adaptors where appropriate.
What type of currency is used in Kenya?
The official currency is the Kenya Shilling. Visitors to Kenya can change foreign currency at banks or authorized hotels and Burex. Most international currencies are easy to exchange in Kenya. Travelers checks are widely accepted. Most Banks in Kenya are equipped to advance cash on major international credit cards. There are no restrictions on the amount of foreign currency that can be brought into Kenya. Anyone wishing to take more than Kenya Shillings 500,000 out of the country will require written authorization from the Central Bank.
When is the best time of year to shoot in Kenya?
Kenya is a great destination year round.
What is the weather like in Kenya?
Kenya enjoys a mild tropical climate. The average annual temperature for the capital city, Nairobi (altitude 4,980 feet) is 77ºF maximum and 56ºF minimum. The coastal town of Mombasa (altitude 50 feet) is 86ºF maximum and 73ºF minimum.
There is plenty of sunshine all the year round and summer clothes are worn throughout the year. However, it is usually cool at night and early in the morning.
The long rains occur from April to June and short rains from October to December. The rainfall is sometimes heavy and when it does come it often falls in the afternoons and evenings. The hottest period is from February to March and coolest in July to August.
Is it safe to travel in Kenya?
Kenya is no different from any other destination in the world. Common sense is all that is required. Avoid displaying expensive possessions; walking through unlit urban areas at night, and follow the film agent/fixer instructions.
What vaccinations or medications should I get before my trip to Kenya?
A health certificate is not a requirement for travel to Kenya unless travelling from a Yellow fever zone. It is highly recommended that travelers to Kenya take precautions against Malaria. The best choice in vaccines for your trip depends on many individual factors, please consult your doctor on specific information regarding your health needs prior to departure.
How much does a visa cost?
$50 or £35 for a single entry visa
Is a Visa required for entry into Kenya?
Yes, visitors require a visa to enter Kenya. For details, please consult the Kenyan embassy or Consulate nearest to you. You can also apply for a visa at the point of entry.
Do I need a passport to travel to Kenya?
Yes, visitors require a passport to enter Kenya. Passports must have a sufficient number of unused pages for endorsements abroad and they must also be valid for at least six months past the projected stay in Kenya.
Where is Kenya located?
Kenya lies across the equator on the east coast of the African continent. Neighboring countries are Ethiopia to the north, Somalia to east, Tanzania to south, Uganda to west and Sudan to north-west. The Indian Ocean lies on the southeastern border of the country. The country occupies an area of Sq Km 582,646 (the size of France).