ATMs and (the other kind of) Visas in Kenya, Tanzania, Ghana
Do ATMs only take VISA cards in Kenya, Tanzania and Ghana?
Also, all of my research says that I need to get advance (the other kind of) visas for these countries (for US citizens)... but my friend just got back from Kenya and said she could have just bought a visa at the airport. Accurate? I'd love to not have to worry about getting more visas in the states than I have to.
also, when you fly into nairobi, you can get your visa upon arrival. it was 20USD for a transit visa but 50USD for a single-entry (which allows you to leave and enter kenya one more time). although the transit visa may save you $10, it makes the mess at the border a little crazier when you're trying to get back into kenya from tanzania via bus.. a bus that actually left one person behind when we crossed.
you can always check the websites of the appropriate embassies if you want the most up-to-date info, as what i know was current as of january.
i'm from canada though, if that makes a difference
As for the other type of visa, I entered both Kenya and Tanzania more than once and didn't have any problem getting visas on the spot.
As for the ATM's in Kenya, when I was there a few months ago, Barclays stopped supporting foreign cards and I could only use my Visa ATM in the KCB banks. These are just as common as the Barclays, chances are if your Visa wouldn't work in one, it'll work in another. I'd suggest trying to see if you can get a Visa.
Another option is going into the bank and actually getting a cash advance with your credit card. These are lengthy, but you can withdraw much more than you can with an ATM.
As for the country visas, you should have no problem getting them on the border.
As far as Visa's (in the getting into a country sense) then Kenya can be obtained upon landing and Tanzania can be obtained at the border. If you plan on going back into Kenya after Tanzania then you also dont need to get another Kenyan visa and also dont need to get multiple entry as the Visa rules state that if you are travelling around East Africa then you can enter and leave as often as you like during your Visa's validity
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