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Nairobi Airport

 

Nairobi is home to the largest and busiest airport in East Africa, Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (NBO). Close to twenty major airlines service the airport, including Kenyan Airways, South African Airlines, Turkish Airlines, Etihad, Emirates, British Airlines and KLM.

 

Although the airport is located about twenty minutes from the center of Nairobi, traffic congestion for most of the day, everyday means that trips can take much longer - arriving on the BA flight in the evening gives a taxi trip to City Centre of about 20-30 mins but travelers may need to have to leave at 7pm to guarantee to reach the airport in time as the traffic can take up to 2.5 hrs - be warned!

 

You will need a visa to visit Kenya, and attaining one can be done upon arrival at the airport. This may take as long as an-hour-and-a-half to accomplish, though, so plan accordingly. Following this getting your hold bags can take another hour. Otherwise, you can apply for a visa on-line.

 

Airport currency exchanges offer better rates than banks in town, so change your money there if you can. 

 

Visa

 

1. Nationals of the following countries do NOT require a visa - Bahamas Barbados Belize Botswana Brunei Burundi Cyprus Dominica Ethiopia Fiji Gambia Ghana Grenada Jamaica Kiribati Lesotho Malawi Maldives Mauritius Namibia Nauru Papua New Guinea Rwanda Samoa San Marino Seychelles Sierra Leone Singapore Solomon Islands St. Kitts & Nevis St. Lucia St. Vincent & the Grenadines Swaziland Tanzania Tonga Trinidad & Tobago Tuvalu Uganda Vanuatu Zambia Zimbabwe.

 

2. Nationals of the following countries must apply for a REFERRED visa - Afghanistan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Cameroon, Eritrea, Iraq, Kosovo, Lebanon, Libya, Mali, North Korea, Palestine, Senegal, Somalia, Syria and Tajikistan

 

3. Nationals of all countries not listed in 1 and 2 above DO require a visa, and can either obtain one at a Kenyan embassy or consulate in your country or region or at the airport on arrival.

 

Yellow fever

 

4. Yellow fever vaccination is required for travelers arriving from countries with risk of yellow fever transmission.

 

For more details visit: http://www.immigration.go.ke/Information.html

 

General Information

 

Language

Kenya is a multilingual country. The Bantu Swahili language and English are widely spoken. They serve as the two official working languages.

 

Banks and Currency

The common currency used is the Kenyan shilling.  From the moment you land at the airport and arrive in the city, you will notice an abundant number of banks, foreign exchange bureaus (Forex) and automated teller machines (ATMs). You can use their services to buy Kenya currency. The banks are open for business between 9.00 am and 5.00 pm Mondays through Fridays, and can be found open on Saturday mornings. All major Kenya airports offer banking solutions during normal business hours, in addition to 24-hour Forex bureau services.  You can use foreign ATM/debit cards in Kenya at local ATMs however you may incur an international transaction fee every time you use your card.

 

Major credit cards including American Express, Mastercard and Visa are accepted in large hotels, car rental companies and stores in the main cities. However, credit cards are unlikely to prove useful in small towns or shops away from tourist areas.

 

Climate

Although Nairobi is situated in the middle of East Africa, its high altitude—about a mile above sea level—means that the city's climate is mild year-round. Summer months in Nairobi are December through March, when average highs are in the upper 70s and lows are in the mid- to upper-50s. February sees the most sunshine in Nairobi, with about ten hours of daylight.

 

Electricity

Electrical sockets (outlets) in Kenya are the "Type G " British BS-1363 type. If your appliance's plug doesn't match the shape of these sockets, you will need a travel plug adapter in order to plug in. Electrical sockets (outlets) in Kenya usually supply electricity at between 220 and 240 volts AC. If you're plugging in an appliance that was built for 220-240 volt electrical input, or an appliance that is compatible with multiple voltages, then an adapter is all you need. 

But travel plug adapters do not change the voltage, so the electricity coming through the adapter will still be the same 220-240 volts the socket is supplying. North American sockets supply electricity at between 110 and 120 volts, far lower than in most of the rest of the world. Consequently, North American appliances are generally built for 110-120 volts. 

 

Insurance

All conference attendees are advised to arrange private travel insurance. The conference organisers and committee accept no liability for personal accidents or damage to property while in attendance at the conference. The Organizing Committee of ANPPCAN and ISPCAN reserve the right to amend and alter the conference programme and events without prior notice and accepts no liability as a result of such actions.

 

Shopping

The Maasai Market is a travel open-air market where you can buy souvenirs to remember Kenya.  There are a wide range of items available: jewelry, hats, bags, shoes, fabrics, paintings, place mats, coasters, soap stone carvings and wooden statues.  Check at your hotel for the location of the market on the day you wish to visit.

 

VAT and Taxes

A VAT / Value Added Tax of 16 % is added to all retail sales and 14% to all hotel stays and meals served in restaurants. It is usually included in the prices posted in stores, hotels and restaurants and only applies to products that are registered.  This tax is not refundable for those traveling from outside Kenya.

 

Tipping and Taxis

Tipping is down to individuals as you tip according to the service you get. Tip what you feel is appropriate and what has been deserved, and please tip in Kenyan Shillings as most staff find it difficult to change foreign currency, and they lose some of their hard earned tip in commission to the money changer.

The following is intended just to be a rough guide: 

Baggage porters   100/- to 200/-

Airport Transfer Driver   2,000/- 

Safari Guide    500/- per person per day  

Pool attendant    100/- per day

When you change money or use an ATM you will likely be given 1,000/- notes and some 500/- unless you get out and about and use local shops, bars and restaurants you will find getting these changed difficult. In this case ask the bank or forex where you exchange to include smaller denomination notes or buy something cheap like a bottle of water from a shop / bar / cafe large enough to be able to change a 1,000/- note (many small stalls will not carry enough cash to do so).

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