Kenya Bans Plastic Bags

Kenya bans plastic bags as from today, 28-08-2017!

The Kenya Government has announced that from 28th August 2017 plastic bags are banned in Kenya. Arriving visitors are requested to avoid bring plastic bags into the country and in fact being in possession of a plastic bag will be an offence as it will now be against the law and violators could be penalised.

Visitors are advised to avoid packing any plastic bags in their suitcases or in carry-on hand luggage before flying to Kenya. Items purchased at the airport before boarding the aircraft should be removed from plastic bags. Travellers coming into Kenya with duty-free plastic shop bags will also be required to leave them at the airport under the new rules, the Kenya National Environmental and Management Authority has said. Please check hand luggage before disembarking in Nairobi and any plastic bags should be left in the plane.

Travel With Jules are African safari specialists and we have been notified about this new law by our ground agents in Nairobi.  We are pleased to see this rule as the countryside in Kenya has long been littered by plastic bags and welcome the initiative (Rwanda implemented this rule many years ago with great success).