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Travel Info for East Africa

Travel Info for East Africa

Travel to a foreign land undoubtedly raises numerous questions as to the the travel documention you will need as well as a range of practical information needed to ensure your travel experience runs as smoothly as possible, and you have a better idea of what to expect.

We have included a number of brief factsheets below relating to travel requirements by local authorities, documentation, and other information you may find useful or interesting to know about East Africa.

Travel documents, visas and international flights

All visitors are required to carry a passport that is valid for six months beyond the intended length of stay, two blank pages in your passport will likely be required by immigration authorities. It is also important to have a return or onward ticket out of the country you are visiting.

Nationals of most countries require visas - costs depend on the country you are visiting. It is advisable to check with the Consulate of the country you intend visiting for the latest visa and entry requirements. Travel documents, visas and international travel arrangements remain the visitor's responsibility.
A visitor Visa to Kenya valid for 3 months costs £30 (or €40, or US$50), and can be paid for and processed on arrival at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport. Having a completed Visa application form prior to arrival will save you having to complete one after you land. Download an Application form for a Kenya Visa.

International flight details would be needed well in advance of the beginning of the safari to allow for local transfer and accommodation planning.


Visitors to Kenya do not require any vaccinations, but Tanzania, Southern Africa and many other African destinations require a Yellow Fever inoculation. If your itinerary includes Tanzania you must bring a Yellow Fever inoculation certificate.

Medical and Travel Insurance

It is recommended that visitors to East Africa be covered by their own medical and travel insurance company with a policy covering health insurance, trip interruption, trip delay, emergency medical expenses, emergency evacuation and repatriation, lost luggage and personal possessions.

Temporary membership of Flying Doctors Services for the period that guests are visiting East Africa is available. In case of illness or injury guests will be evacuated from the field by medical professionals and transported to the nearest medical centre or hospital, at which point the guest's own insurance must take over.

Further travel information for visitors to East Africa is provided below.