Tourism License Requirements
In order to be issued with a tourism license, the applicant has to provide some documents to TRA for registration and subsequent licensing. These are different depending on the type of operations the applicant is engaged in. Besides duly filled in application Form 1and upon payment of prescribed licence feesin the fourth schedule of the TRA regulations, below are the requirements for the different classes of tourism licenses which will be considered by the Licensing Committees.

NOTE

1.The Vetting Committee may request for additional  documents as they deem necessary.

2.All Foreign Investors  are required  to provide evidence of a fixed asset base of at least Ksh 10 Million.  

  Class ‘A’ Enterprises (Accommodation Facilities)

  1. Certificate of registration / Incorporation of company
  2. Memorandum and Articles of Association of company
  3. Copy of menu and tariff where applicable
  4. Copy of the current health clearance certificate ( less than three months old)
  5. Medical Certificate of food handlers
  6. CV and professional certificates of  the Manager
  7. Manager’s letter of appointment
  8. Entry permit for all non- Kenyans working in the facility and affidavit for non-resident director(s)
  9. Lease agreement/ copy of title deed of premises occupied by the hotel
  10. Letter of ‘no objection’ from NEMA
  11. EIA for new facilities / environmental audit for existing facilities
  12. Compliance to tourism or area development plans
  13. Evidence of insurance cover for the premises
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Class ‘B’ Enterprises ( Restaurants and other food and beverage services)

  1. Certificate of registration / Incorporation of company
  2. Memorandum and Articles of Association of company
  3. Copy of menu
  4. Copy of the current health clearance certificate ( less than three months old)
  5. Medical Certificate of food handlers
  6. CV and professional certificates of  the Manager
  7. Manager’s letter of appointment
  8. Entry permit for all non- Kenyan employees and affidavit for non-resident director(s)
  9. Lease agreement/ copy of title deed of premises occupied by the hotel
  10. Letter of ‘no objection’ from NEMA
  11. EIA for new facilities / environmental audit for existing facilities
  12. Compliance to tourism or area development plans
  13. Evidence of insurance cover for the premises
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Class ‘C’ Enterprises

  1. (Tour Operators, Travel Agencies,Balloon Operators, Local Air Charters, Tourist Service Vehicle Hire, Water Sports and Boat Excursions)
  2. Copy of lease agreement/ title deed of premises
  3. Certificate of registration of company (new applicants)
  4. Memorandum and articles of Association (new applicants)
  5. Work/ entry permit for non- Kenyans involved in the business and copies of affidavit for non- resident director(s)
  6. Copy of insurance cover where applicable
  7. Proof of ownership of vehicle or letter of contract of hire and vehicle inspection report in the case of tour operators and tourist service vehicle hire
  8. CV, professional certificates in ticketing and proficiency in airline reservation systems in case of travel agencies
  9. Certificates of airworthiness and seaworthiness where applicable
  10. Copy of itinerary in case of tour operators
  11. Professional certificates
  12. Copy of pilot licenses indicating their flying hours and air charter license from Kenya Civil Aviation Authority (KCAA) in the case of air charter operators
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Class ‘D’ Enterprises

(Game fishing outfitters, enterprises offering camps and camping equipment for hire, nature parks, nature reserves, nature trails, game ranches, amusement parks, non-citizen tour leaders/guides)

  1. Copy of lease agreement/ title deed of premises
  2. Certificate of registration of company (new applicants)
  3. Memorandum and articles of Association (new applicants)
  4. Work/ entry permit for non- Kenyans involved in the business and copies of affidavit for non- resident director(s)
  5. Letter of ‘no objection’ from NEMA
  6. EIA for new facilities / environmental audit for existing facilities
  7. Compliance to tourism or area development plans
  8. Evidence of insurance cover for the premises
  9. Current certificate of good conduct, letter of reference, professional certificates and copy of current entry permit and  passport in case of non-citizen tour leaders/guides
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Class ‘E’ Enterprises

(Local traditional boat operators, professional safari photographers, curio vendors, private zoos, citizen tour leaders/guides, general vendors and beach operators)

  1. Current certificate of good conduct, letter of reference, professional certificates and copy of ID in case of citizen tour leaders/guides
  2. Clearance certificate from Kenya Maritime Authority in the case of local traditional boat operators
  3. Copy of permit / license from the film department, entry permit/ID card/ in case of professional safari photographers
  4. Copy of ID and current certificate of good conduct in the case of curio vendors and beach operators
  5. EIA/ environmental audit, approval by NEMA and clearance from the KWS in the case of private zoos
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Class ‘F’ Enterprises (Entertainment facilities)

  1. Copy of lease agreement/ title deed of premises
  2. Certificate of registration of company (new applicants)
  3. Memorandum and articles of Association (new applicants)
  4. Work/ entry permit for non- Kenyans involved in the business and copies of affidavit for non- resident director(s)
  5. Letter of ‘no objection’ from NEMA
  6. EIA for new facilities / environmental audit for existing facilities
  7. Compliance to tourism or area development plans
  8. Evidence of insurance cover for the premises
  9. Clearance from the Betting & Control Board where applicable
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Class ‘G’ Enterprises (Conference and events services)

  1. Copy of lease agreement/ title deed of premises
  2. Certificate of registration of company (new applicants)
  3. Memorandum and articles of Association (new applicants)
  4. Work/ entry permit for non- Kenyans involved in the business and copies of affidavit for non- resident director(s)
  5. Letter of ‘no objection’ from NEMA
  6. EIA for new facilities / environmental audit for existing facilities
  7. Compliance to tourism or area development plans
  8. Evidence of insurance cover for the premises
  9. Copy of the current health clearance certificate ( less than three months old)
  10. Medical Certificate of food handlers
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Class ‘H’ Enterprises (Tourism and hospitality training institutions)

  1. Copy of lease agreement/ title deed of premises
  2. Certificate of registration of company (new applicants)
  3. Memorandum and articles of Association (new applicants)
  4. Work/ entry permit for non- Kenyans involved in the business and copies of affidavit for non- resident director(s)
  5. Letter of ‘no objection’ from NEMA
  6. EIA for new facilities / environmental audit for existing facilities
  7. Compliance to tourism or area development plans
  8. Evidence of insurance cover for the premises
  9. Approved curriculum by relevant authorities
  10. Professional certificates of the trainers
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Tourism Regulatory Authority,
Utalii House,5th Floor,
Utalii Lane, off Uhuru Highway.
P.O. Box 30027, Nairobi, KENYA
Telephone:+254 20 313010
Email: info@tourismauthority.go.ke
Website: http://www.tourismauthority.go.ke