POSTAL ADDRESS: P.O. Box 45681, Nairobi - 00100, KENYA.


For information on Tanzania, Uganda and Rwanda licensing, please see below the Kenya details.  These three countries, with Kenya and Burundi form the East African Community and we hope the details may be useful to potential visitors. 






The CAK website may be seen at and a copy of the Kenya Amateur Radio license application form can be directly downloaded from this link. It can also be found in the Frequency Spectrum section.  


In case of any difficulty RSK please let us know and we will see what we can do to help, including sending a copy of the form by e-mail on request.  Foreign applicants should note that photocopies of their passport and license must be certified by a Commissioner for Oaths or Notary, but the affidavit is NOT required – it is for local residents only.


For citizens, the KRA PIN will also be required.




All visitors must be aware that Kenya is not a party to CEPT or any other similar reciprocal licensing arrangements, and every person wishing to operate amateur radio in kenya must apply for and obtain a kenya license before doing so.  RSK can assist where possible.


Visitors Licensing

·      The visitor’s country must have diplomatic relations of some kind with Kenya, at any level

·      The applicant must hold a valid and current license from the country of citizenship, equivalent to the Kenya Full license (i.e. not Novice or "above 30 MHz only"

·      The completed application form must be submitted with the non-refundable application fee of KShs.1,000, photocopies of the license and passport, BOTH PHOTOCOPIES DULY CERTIFIED by a Commissioner for Oaths, Notary Public or equivalent, together with similarly certified English translations of documents where necessary.   The sworn affidavit is NOT required from foreign visitors.

·      The license fee of KShs.2,000 is payable on issue. It is recommended to pay all the fees at one time i.e. KShs. 3,000.

·      The latest information we have from CAK is that visitors' licenses will only be issued for three months to cover the usual visa period, but that can be extended for three month periods up to a year without further costs, and all licenses expire on 30th June each year.  



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·      Kenya citizens are required to submit a photocopy of the Pass Certificate of an acceptable RAE, or an acceptable, valid and current Full foreign license.  The RSGB-administered IARE is the only available exam, which can be taken in Kenya twice a year under the supervision of RSK or another authorised examination centre.   Non-citizen residents are required to submit a photocopy of a valid and current license issued by their own country of citizenship, and at present cannot obtain a Kenya license solely on the strength of a local IARE pass.   Novice or "Above 30 MHz only" licenses will not be accepted for conversion.  

·      A photocopy of the passport showing the visa, or Kenya identity card.

·      Instead of supporting documents being certified by a Commissioner for Oaths or Notary Public, all local applicants must submit a sworn affidavit in the form attached to the application form on the CAK website.

·      Two local references who must be members of RSK

·      The completed application form must be submitted with the fee of K.Shs.1,000, photocopies of the license, passport and the affidavit with translations of documents where necessary

·      The fee of K.Shs.2,000 is payable on issue of the license.  To avoid heavy bank charges it is best to pay these fees in one as KShs. 3,000.       


Communications Authority of Kenya

Director/Licensing, Compliance & Standards:  

P.O. Box 14448, Westlands –   +254 20 4242 000 or +254 0703 04000  or +254 0703 042 000

Fax     +254 20 242 000/494   

Licensing Staff (via switchboard)        4242000

Mr. Etiko direct                                4242240

Mr. Charles Gitonga direct                 4242494

Mrs. Lucy Kungu                                         switchboard

Accounts Office                                                  4242365

The officer concerned is Mr. Etiko (direct line +254 020 4242240) or his assistant Mrs. Lucy Kungu.

Licenses are issued from the CAK offices near Kabete on Waiyaki Way, the road from Westlands towards Naivasha, well signposted, and well out of the City Centre with safe parking, opposite Kianda School.

CAK offices are open during normal office hours from Monday to Friday only. The Cash Office is open 9:00 am to 12 noon and 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm only. Payment is by Mpesa.

The Fee Schedule is available online.




Western Union is one good transfer system as it integrates very well with Kenya’s mobile money system, Mpesa.  This is by far the most effective and efficient method of payment.


Use a reliable online exchange rate calculator to determine payment.

The RSK will give all possible advice and help to applicants but has no authority in the matter.


Tanzania (5h)


This information was originally obtained from Tanzania in 2002 (updated 31st March 2007) and is given in good faith, but all of it may not still be accurate. Applicants should consult the Tanzania Amateur Radio Society or office of the Director General, TCRA for current requirements.


The address of the Tanzania Amateur Radio Club (TARC) is P.O. Box P.O. Box 2958, Dar-Es-Salaam, Tanzania, and the last known email  [email protected]


Tel: +255 (0) 22 2153200/215174 Ext. 252,  Fax: +255 (0) 22 3152504.


The Tanzania Communication Regulatory Authority (TCRA) issues amateur radio licences in Tanzania. 



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The postal address is:-

The Director General

Tanzania Communication Regulatory Authority

P.O. Box 474





+255 22 2118947/52


+255 22 2116664

41858 COMCOM TZ.

There is no known current email address.


TCRA requires the following for a visitor's licence:-

·      An application form duly filled in.

·      You have to buy the application form directly from TCC for TSh 10 000 (1 USD is variable but approx. TSh 1000), fill in the serially numbered application form and submit the form with the Receipt for the TSh 10 000

·      An accompanying letter in which you ask for the licence. This letter
should also include information regarding the duration of your visit and where you are planning to stay

·      copy of your passport

·      copy of your licence

·      letter(s) of recommendation e.g. from your Amateur Radio Club, from your Diplomatic Mission in Dar es Salaam, or an English translation of a

·      Letter of Good Conduct.

·      Technical specifications of your transceiver. The best thing is to copy the page with the technical specifications. You should also write the exact type of the radio.


Upon being granted the licence you have to pay another TSh 10,000 before you will actually receive a call-sign and the licence.


Uganda (5X)


Call or write to the Uganda Communications Commission in Kampala (UCC) and complete an application form - provide evidence of your overseas licence and make payment. You are then issued with a receipt - at that point they will allocate a callsign and tell you that it is OK to go on the air. This process is normally completed in less than a day.

Getting the actual licence document through can take about 5 working days.


The postal address of the UCC is:

Uganda Communications Commission

P.O. Box 7376




Rwanda (9X)


The application can be made by e mail. First step is to complete the application form (on their website) and submit it with copies of supporting documentation. The office will then advise whether all is in order. About one week later you will be advised whether a license will be agreed.


Contact can be made with Gakwandi Eurald, ICT Spectrum Monitoring Officer, RURA, Tel: +250 788 496 152.


Payment and collection of the license should be done in-country (ie when you arrive).  First go to First go to RURA building to collect the invoice for payment.  That is then taken to the Government Bank (ten minutes walk).  The resultant receipt is then taken back to RURA where the license will be handed over. The normal power limit is 100W.

(Thanks to Nick, G3RWF, for this information)



UPDATED: 24th February, 2020



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