Travel tips highlights some useful information that a client is supposed to know before travelling to a foreign country either for leisure or work
A passport and a visa are required.
Visas should be obtained in advance, although airport visas are available.
Travelers who opt to obtain an airport visa should expect delays upon arrival.
There is a fee for such visas, whether obtained in advance or at the airport.
Evidence of yellow fever immunization may be requested.
Travelers may obtain the latest inform
ation on visas as well as any additional details regarding entry requirements from any Kenyan Embassy in their country.
Personal effects, including cameras, binoculars and film are allowed into the country duty free.
On departure, an international Airport Departure Tax is payable for both domestic and International flights.
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Immunization against typhoid is highly recommended.
A yellow fever vaccination certificate is required from travelers over one year of age.
Find out from your travel agent if your country is classified as an endemic zone.
For such visitors the vaccine is mandatory.
Travelers arriving from non-endemic zones should note that vaccination is strongly recommended for travel outside the urban areas, even if an outbreak of the disease has not been reported.
A cholera vaccination certificate is not mandatory for entry to Kenya.
Malaria risk exists all over the country.
It is advisable to take anti-malaria tabs before travelling to Kenya and especially the coast or the western Kenya
Nairobi is relatively safer when it comes to malaria attacks.
is available and the only guaranteed safe drinking water.
Make sure your food and drinking water are safe.
Make sure you swim in swimming pools whose water has been treated.
- Insect bites
Diseases carried by insects can be prevented by protecting yourself against insect bites.
Carry insect repellants to apply on your body before going out and especially at night.
Take a kit of sterilized syringe needles for any possible injections needed, as well as drip needles for emergencies.
If you are on medication, carry all the medicine you require as you may have a problem getting some of the medicines here.
You could also carry a pack of painkillers, first aid kit and creams for insect bites etc.
There are good medical facilities in major towns in
Always ask for permission before you photograph people or their houses. Some communities might demand a tip after taking a photograph!
Always change your cash at reputed banks, foreign bureau or hotels. Never change your money in the black market.
Don’t expose your cash in public or hand over money to someone especially along the city streets.
Avoid isolated streets and dark alleys.
Don’t carry more money than y
ou need when going out.
Don’t display expensive jewelry.
Be aware of the possibility of pick-pockets and bag snatchers in crowded areas.
Keep copies of all your important documents s
eparately from the originals incase of loss.
While staying at the hotels, keep your money in the safe deposit boxes.
Don’t leave valuables in the room.
Keep your distance from wild anima
ls however harmless they may appear.
It is advisable to take out emergency medical insurance prior to entering Kenya.
Tipping is allowed although it is not mandatory.
Tipping depend on individuals and services provided.
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Drive on the Left hand side.
If on a long journey carry a torch and at least 2 spare wheels.
Never leave your car opened especially in public places. Try to conceal your luggage e.g. by keeping it under the seat.
Taxis are readily available at the airport for about 15 dollars to the city Centre.
Kenya is 3 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time +3.
Always try to have loose cash for small purchases.
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Carry a money belt or pouch under your clothes to keep your money.
Plan your itinerary in advance to avoid disappointments e.g. lack of transport or hotel room.
Always settle on a fare before hiring a taxi to avoid exploitation.
Reconfirm all airline flights along the way.
It is possible to show up for a flight and not have a reservation because you did not reconfirm.
Don’t ask for directions from strangers idling in the streets.
The administration is discouraging handing out money to street kids.
- Passports, money, tickets
- Medication you use at home (always in your hand luggage, just in case you lose your suitcase!)
- Hand Medicine: analgesic, allergy pills, remedy for diarrhea (maybe Imodium), malaria pills, plasters and disinfectant wipes
- Binoculars (so you get to see the leopard way out there in the tree!)
- Camera and memory cards more than you expect to use, including battery charger and a bag to protect the camera from Africa’s fine, red dust
Shoulder bag with sturdy strap and zip. A money belt or good inside pockets that
can be zipped up
- A few photocopies of all personal documents such as passports, visas, flights, travel insurance, vaccination card, international debit cards, (Master Card, Visa credit cards etc.) driving license
- Telephone list for immediate blocking of lost debit card and insurance
- Mail addresses of those you wish to send postcards or send messages too.
- Notebook and pens
- A good book or something to keep you entertained