What documents do I need to bring?
Application for capture/export/import/re-export permit (original)
Proof of ownership (original)
To serve as proof of legal acquisition of the wildlife or wildlife product.
Individual PIN certficate (original)
Identity card (original)
Valid work permit (original)
For foreigners, for more information on how to obtain a work permit, click here.
Additionally, for first time traders
Certificate of incorporation (original)
For local companies.
Certificate of compliance (original)
For a branch of a foreign company.
Company PIN certificate (original)
Of the directors.
Additionally, for permits required for research purposes
Research permit (copy)
Issued by the National Commission for Science, Technology and Innovation (NACOSTI) .
Additionally, for export of plants and plant products
Phytosanitary certificate (copy)
Issued by Kenya Plant Health Inspectorate Service (KEPHIS) .
Additionally, for export of live animals
Issued by the Directorate of Veterinary Services (DVS) .
Waiting time in queue:
- Max. 15mn
Attention at counter:
- Max. 10mn
Waiting time until next step:
Max. 21 days
Wildlife Conservation and Management Act (2013)
Sections 79, 80, 81, 82, 85, 86, 87, 91, 95, 99
The Forest Conservation and Management Act (2016)
Sections 42(h), 46(3), 48(3h), 67(4)
Fisheries Management and Development Act No. 35 (2016)
Sections 5, 7, 29, 31, 38
Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) (2017)
Appendices I, II & III
Applications should be submitted at least twenty-one (21) days prior to exportation. This is to allow Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) to do a background check, and confirmation with other Government Agencies prior to issuing the permit, where the applicants have provided all supporting documents.