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Left Hand Drive Vehicles for Returning Residents

 A Kenyan Resident returning from a country that operates Left Hand Drive (LHD) motor vehicles shall be allowed to import a replacement Right Hand Drive (RHD) vehicle from any other source subject to the following conditions:

  1. The person must be bona fide changing residence (Permanently) from a place outside Kenya and not merely making temporary visits back home.
  2. The person must fulfill all the requirements for importation of personal and household effects by a returning resident as outlined under paragraph 5 of part B of the 5th schedule to the east African Community Customs Management Act, 2004.
  3. The returning resident must proof that he/she owned and personally used a LHD vehicle in the country of former residence for a period of at least one year, prior to his/her return.
  4. The returning resident must provide proof of disposal (Transfer of ownership) of the previous owned LHD vehicle before changing residence from the former country of residence.
  5. The current retail selling price (CRSP) of the RHD replacement vehicle shall not exceed that of previously owned LHD vehicle.

Both the previously owned LHD vehicle and the RHD replacement vehicle shall not be of any of the following categories: -

  1. Bus or Minibuses of a seating capacity of more than 13 passengers
  2. Load carrying vehicles of load carrying capacity exceeding two tones

The replacement vehicle must comply with the Kenya Bureau of Standards requirements of Legal Notice No. 78 of 15th July 2005 (Verification of Conformity to Kenya Standards Imports Order, 2005) and KS1515:2000 Kenya Standard Code of Practice for Inspection of Road Vehicles.

These guidelines shall only apply to residents returning from countries that operate LHD motor vehicles who had previously owned and used a LHD vehicle in the country of former residence.

PVoC (Pre-Export Verification of Conformity) for Imports to Kenya

To assure Kenyan consumers of the safety and quality of the imported goods they buy, and to protect Kenyan manufacturers from unfair competition, the Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS), a statutory organisation of the government of Kenya, has implemented guidelines called the Pre-Export Verification of Conformity (PVoC) to Standards Programme for exports to Kenya.

As of 1st December 2015 KEBS further expanded the regulated product list to include all products except those exempted below:

The Kenya government allows diplomats / expatriates to import vehicles and personal effects duty free. Diplomats / expatriates working in an organization such as below are eligible;