Travel tips highlight some useful information that a client is supposed to know before traveling 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 information 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.
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 traveling to Kenya and especially the coast or western Kenya. Nairobi is relatively safer when it comes to malaria attacks.
Bottled water 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.
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 Kenya.