FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

1Where is Kenya located?

Kenya lies across the equator on the east coast of the African continent. Neighboring countries are Ethiopia to the north, Somalia to east, Tanzania to south, Uganda to west and Sudan to north-west. The Indian Ocean lies on the southeastern border of the country. The country occupies an area of Sq.Km 582,646 (the size of France).

2Do I need a passport to travel to Kenya?

Yes, visitors require a passport to enter Kenya. Passports must have a sufficient number of unused pages for endorsements abroad and they must be valid for at least six months past the projected stay in Kenya.

3Is a Visa required for entry into Kenya?

Yes, visitors require a visa to enter Kenya. For details, please consult the Kenyan embassy or Consulate nearest to you. You can also apply for a visa at the point of entry. To download a visa application form, log onto http://www.immigration.go.ke

4 How much does a visa cost?

Kenya: A visa is required and costs $50. The visa can be obtained through a Kenya embassy in advance of your trip or upon arrival at the airport. Namibia: A visa is not required for tourists. COVID TESTING. • All arriving passengers on international flights whose body temperature is NOT above 37.5°C (99.5°F), do not have a persistent cough, difficulty in breathing or other flu-like symptoms, have negative PCR based COVID-19 test carried out within 96 hours before travel and are from countries considered low to medium risk COVID-19 transmission areas shall be exempt from quarantine; • All travellers entering Kenya are required to complete a ‘Travellers Health Surveillance’ form upon arrival. A confirmed flight seat number and confirmation of a negative PCR COVID test result is required to complete the form. Passengers can complete the form online and will receive a QR code, which must be shown to Port Health Officials in Arrivals. The QR code can be on a device or print-out, though we highly recommend having a print-out on hand. A hard copy of the form can also be completed and handed to the Official. • Departing passengers whose airline or destination country requires a negative PCR based COVID-19 test are required to utilize the Trusted Travel website trustedtravel.panabios.org (or Global Haven globalhaven.org if the test certificate is from a jurisdiction where Trusted Travel is not available), following testing, travelers will receive an SMS and/or email from PanaBIOS admin@panabios.org with instructions on how to generate a Travel Code from trustedtravel.panabios.org to be approved by airlines and immigration authorities on departure; • All passengers travelling to Kenya are required to obtain their visas online prior to arrival via evisa.go.ke; • Travelers from countries on this list will be exempt from quarantine; • International flights continue to operate as normal; • Domestic scheduled flights and private charters continue to operate as normal throughout Kenya; • Restaurants and bars continue to operate as normal throughout Kenya; • Hotels continue to operate as normal throughout Kenya; • A nationwide curfew remains in place between 2200 and 0400 throughout Kenya, until further notice; • Requirements for travelers departing Kenya will be in line with the requirements issued by the travelers’ respective airline or destination country. COVID-19 PCR testing is currently available as follows, with payments made directly by travelers; o Nairobi- In-hotel COVID-19 testing at a cost of USD 150 per person per test. Results received between 12 - 24 hours after the collection of the sample. o We are able to facilitate testing in select safari destinations, with the test results received 48 hours after the collection of the sample. These are subject to availability and accessibility and the costs vary. • Face masks are to be worn by all people at all times in public places; • Temperature checks will continue to be conducted in public places; • Social distancing of 1.5 m apart is required at all times. • The inter-county lockdown and travel restrictions imposed on 26 March 2021 have been lifted as of 01 May 2021. Tanzania: A visa is required and costs $50. The visa must be obtained in advance of your trip unless you live in a country that does not have a Tanzania embassy. • All arriving travellers entering the United Republic of Tanzania are required to present a negative Real-Time Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) test carried out within 72 hours before arrival; • All arriving travellers entering the United Republic of Tanzania will be subjected to enhanced screening for COVID-19 infection including a Rapid Test, the cost of which is USD 25 per person per test. • All travelers entering the United Republic of Tanzania are required to complete a Traveller Surveillance Form via afyamsafiri.moh.go.tz within 24 hours before arrival in Tanzania. Travelers will receive a confirmation code, including a Unique Health Code, to be presented during primary screening upon arrival in Tanzania; • Travelers arriving in Tanzania following a transit period of longer than 72 hours, will be subjected to a Rapid Test upon arrival at a cost of USD 25 per person per test; • Due to the current situation of COVID-19 in India, all flights to and from India are banned until further notice; • All travelers arriving from India, or those who have travelled through India in the last 14 days regardless of the route taken, shall be subjected to a Rapid Test upon arrival in Tanzania at a cost of USD 25 per person per test, followed by stringent contact tracing and 14 days mandatory quarantine at their own cost. The mandatory quarantine location can be selected by the traveler, from the list provided at moh.go.tz/en • Travelers arriving in Tanzania from all other countries are not required to quarantine; • All travelers entering the United Republic of Tanzania will undergo temperature screening upon arrival and must complete a Health Declaration form to be submitted upon entry; • Upon arrival, all travelers will be provided with health information cards with toll-free numbers and advised to self-monitor themselves for symptoms and signs. In the case that the traveler develops COVID-19, they will be tested and treated at designated health facilities at their own cost; • Requirements for travelers departing Tanzania will be in line with the requirements issued by the travelers’ respective airline or destination country. COVID-19 PCR testing is currently available as follows, with payments made directly by travelers; o Serengeti Seronera (availability depending on the guest's location and logistics), USD 150 per person per test, test results available between 48 and 72 hours of sample collection; o Karatu, USD 100 per person per test and USD 15 per person per test (payable directly in cash), test results available between 48 and 72 hours of sample collection; o Arusha, USD 100 per person per test, test results available between 48 and 72 hours of sample collection; or o Zanzibar, USD 120 per person per test, test results available between 48 and 72 hours of sample collection • Please note that the current government advice is for travelers to undergo COVID-19 testing a minimum of 5 days prior to departure (depending on the specific airline and destination country requirements) to ensure adequate time is allowed for test results to be received; • Face masks are to be worn by all people at all times in public places; and • Social distancing of 1.5m apart is required at all times. It is advisable to carry USD Uganda: A visa is required and costs $50. The visa should be obtained through a Uganda embassy in advance of your trip. Here is the most recent COVID-19 situation update and travel requirements for all intending to visit Uganda. • The ministry of Health is moving to curb importation of more severe COVID-19 variants from other highly affected countries into Uganda • The ministry has categorized countries based on the current infection and fatality trends. • At the moment, the only country in Category 1 is INDIA. • All passenger flights from India and all passengers originating from India were suspended effective 1st May 2021 • Category 2 countries are USA, United Kingdom, United Arab Emirates, Turkey, South Africa, Ethiopia, Kenya, South Sudan and Tanzania. • Any travelers from Category 2 nations will be subjected to a PCR COVID-19 test at the points of entry including Entebbe airport. • The ministry has harmonized the cost of testing upon arrival to $65 per person • Travelers from category 1 and 2 countries shall be identified, cleared and evacuated to the testing site, which is 5km from the airport. • Results for these tests shall be expected after 4 hours. • Travelers will have an option of waiting in a comfortable area at the testing site or checking into a designated hotel at their own cost until they receive their results. • Travelers who test negative will be permitted to leave and proceed with their arrangements. Those who test positive for COVID-19 will be evacuated by the ministry of Health to a designated isolation facility. • Arrivals from countries NOT in Category 1 and 2 are NOT subject to testing upon arrival and the above measures. • Individuals from Category 2 and 3 nations who have received their full vaccination and are asymptomatic will NOT be subject to testing upon arrival. • ALL ARRIVALS must have a COVID-19 negative PCR results for a test done not more than 120 hours prior to arrival. • COVID-19 vaccination is on-going in the country. • The above measures shall be reviewed and revised after one month. Uganda reopened it sites to tourism but with the recommended standard operating procedures. At Soin Africa Safaris, we continue to observe and adhere to the standard operating procedures for the good health of our clients. All our guides and staff are receiving their COVID-19 vaccinations. We look forward to offering a safe and memorable tour experience to all our clients. Rwanda: • All passengers into Rwanda must have a negative PCR test & subjected to a second test on arrival at the Airport. This second PCR Test is at a fee US$ 60. • Passengers must have a mandatory quarantine night in a Kigali Hotel as they wait for their PCR test results. The timeline is within 24hrs. Upon receiving the results, they can proceed to other parts of the country. • Passengers visiting the primate's parks must have PCR test results valid within 72hrs and must have a surgical mask throughout their trek. • Departure tests can be organized from your lodge at a fee of US$ 150.00 and from the established COVID test centers at US$ 70.00 It is advisable to carry USD.

5 What vaccinations or medications should I get before my trip to Kenya?

A health certificate is not a requirement for travel to Kenya unless traveling from a Yellow fever zone. It is highly recommended that travelers to Kenya take precautions against Malaria. The best choice in vaccines for your trip depends on many individual factors; please consult your doctor on specific information regarding your health needs prior to departure.

6Is it safe to travel in Kenya?

Kenya is no different from any other destination in the world. Common sense is all that is required. Avoid displaying expensive possessions; walking through unlit urban areas at night, and follow the guide’s instructions in the bush. It is also recommended that you leave valuables and airline tickets in the hotels safe. Security issues. Yes, Kenya is a safe destination. However, we are host to over 300 foreign correspondents in East Africa. In most cases, regional stories filed from Nairobi give the impression that Kenya is on fire. Kenyans recognize the economic value of tourism to the country’s economy. Disturbances are infrequent and tourists are very rarely affected. Use common sense when traveling in Kenya or any other developing country. – Terrorism comes up Terrorism is a global phenomenon that we in Kenya take very seriously. Since we have been hit twice, the Kenya Government, in collaboration with other governments has enhanced security at our airports, entry ports and in areas frequented by tourists. The Tourist Police Unit (TPU), – a special force formed to ensure the safety and security of tourists in the country has been revamped and bases established at the Coast Region, Nairobi, Shaba-Isiolo and Naivasha. Plans to establish more bases in other tourist attraction areas are under way.

7What is the weather like in Kenya?

Kenya enjoys a mild tropical climate. The average annual temperature for the capital city, Nairobi (altitude 4,980 feet) is 77ºF maximum and 56ºF minimum. The coastal town of Mombasa (altitude 50 feet) is 86ºF maximum and 73ºF minimum. There is plenty of sunshine all the year round and summer clothes are worn throughout the year. However, it is usually cool at night and early in the morning. The long rains occur from April to June and short rains from October to December. The rainfall is sometimes heavy and when it does come, it often falls in the afternoons and evenings. The hottest period is from February to March and coolest in July to August.

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