TRAVEL INFORMATION

BEFORE DEPARTURE FROM YOUR COUNTRY

Responsibility

It is the guest’s responsibility to ensure they meet all COVID-19 related travel requirements and are up-to-date on travel restriction information. The Explore Nature Mara Lodge’s team are here to help where we can and support you so your safari is as stress-free as possible. The below information serves to support you in your travels.

Flying Doctors

For the starting price of USD $16 AMREF’s Flying Doctors offer a medevac service from rural Kenyan places to Nairobi, which is inclusive of critical/emergency COVID-19 related medical air evacuation to cover travel for a period of 30 days or less. Contact AMREF here for more details, or contact us directly to facilitate.

Insurance

Prior to travelling, please make sure that you have medical insurance coverage that also includes treatment for COVID-19 whilst on vacation in Kenya.

Inbound to Kenya: COVID-19 Travel Kenyan Government Requirements

  1. COVID-19 Vaccination Certificate
  • All travellers arriving into Kenya through any point of entry must have a certificate of COVID-19 vaccination. There will be no paper verification of COVID-19 test results and vaccination certificates upon arrival into Kenya. Airlines will be ensuring that all travellers have uploaded both documents into global haven before boarding via globalhaven.org
    The following categories of travellers are exempt from the requirement:

    1. Travellers with medical conditions precluding vaccination. Such persons shall be required to provide a letter from a recognized medical practitioner detailing the medical reason precluding vaccination.
    2. Travellers who have recovered from an active COVID-19 infection or received convalescent plasma in the preceding 90 days. Such persons shall be required to provide a letter from a recognized medical practitioner showing that the person may have recovered from an active infection in the preceding 90 days.
    3. Returning unvaccinated Kenyans who have difficulty accessing vaccines in their current country of residence. Such persons must be prepared to be vaccinated immediately upon arrival and must register for vaccination on Chanjo-Ke platform before departure. Proof of registration shall be required before entry into the country.
  • All travellers coming to Kenya who are fully vaccinated shall be exempt from the requirement of a PCR test.
  • All eligible unvaccinated travellers arriving at any port of entry into Kenya must be in possession of a valid COVID-19 negative PCR test certificate conducted within 72 hours before departure regardless of the route of entry. Children below the age of five (5) years are exempt from this requirement.
  • Unvaccinated travellers arriving at any point of entry shall be subjected to rapid antigen test at their own cost of 30 USD. Any person who tests positive on antigen RDT will be subjected to PCR test at their own further cost of 50 USD and self-isolate. Travellers below the age of five (5) years are exempt from this testing requirement.
  • Passengers travelling out of Kenya will be required to abide by the particular travel, health and COVID-19 related requirements of the destination country
  • Pre-departure testing may be considered at the discretion of any of the airlines departing from or terminating in Kenya.
  • All travellers to countries requiring antigen testing hours before travel will be required to undertake a pre-travel rapid antigen test at the MOH Port Health facility at the airport and the results uploaded to the Trusted Travel platform.
  1. Traveller’s Health Surveillance Form
    All travellers will be expected to fill the passenger locator form on the “jitenge” platform. All arriving travellers (including those in transit) are required to complete an online Travellers Health Surveillance Form from the Ministry of Health in Kenya. And thereafter submit daily health information for 14 consecutive days. Passengers will receive a QR code after completing the form, which they must then display to the Port Health Official on arrival and before proceeding through immigration.
    Some airlines are advising that the QR code should be available prior to flight departure. It is our recommendation to complete before flight embarkation.
  2. E-Visa Implementation
    All travellers to Kenya requiring an entry visa will need to have an e-visa, having applied for it ahead of travel online. Visas on arrival will no longer be available. Travellers may not be permitted to board the departing aircraft without it. E-visas can be applied for by visiting evisa.go.ke. If travellers are arriving from a country that requires quarantine, their visa must be provided 24 hours before boarding. To apply for your e-visa you will need to upload a copy of our Company Registration Certificate which you can find HERE

NOTE: It is advisable to print out all your documents IN COLOUR before arriving into Kenya, as this will vastly speed up the process on arrival at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport: your e-visa, your Health Surveillance QR code, and your PCR COVID-19 vaccination.

You can check the requirements for your travel HERE

ARRIVAL INTO KENYA

Quarantine
No countries need to quarantine when entering Kenya

Domestic Travel

Wearing a mask is no longer compulsory by law in Kenya, however, it is required while on public transport so please make sure to travel with a mask/s.

Domestic airlines require you to wear a face mask at all times.

Please note that some scheduled flights require you to wear a surgical face mask (not the material ones).

DEPARTURE

Outbound from Kenya: COVID-19 Kenyan Government Requirements

On Departure
Kenya does not require COVID-19 testing before departure. However, all passengers departing Kenya must ensure they know and abide by the COVID-19 testing requirements at the destination and /or transit points.

  1. To obtain a COVID-19 RT-PCR, passengers are advised to visit authorized laboratories to take a COVID-19 RT-PCR test and be issued with Trusted Travel (TT) code that can be verified by airlines and Port Health Authorities. A list of authorized laboratories can be accessed at https://www.trustedtravel.panabios.org or https://health.go.ke.
  2. The passenger will receive a text message (SMS) from panaBIOS and in addition, an email from the testing laboratory and/or admin@panabios.org with a link to guide the passenger on how to generate a travel code at https://www.trustedtravel.panabios.org. Travellers are encouraged to check their emails including the spam folder for feedback. All COVID-19 RT-PCR approved testing laboratories in Kenya have been added to the TT system.
  3. Departing passengers can enter the TT code on their certificates online at www.africacdc.org/trusted-travel.

Transiting Kenya

  1. To obtain a COVID-19 RT PCR test, passengers are advised to visit authorized laboratories to undertake the test and be issued with Trusted Travel (TT) code that can be verified by airlines and Port Health Authorities. The latest requirements for testing can be obtained from www.xchange.panabios.org/countries/offers/
  • Guests can obtain a test in Kenya relatively easily through authorized laboratories (see list of authorized laboratories HERE), (or through a service provided at camp – see below for camp service).
  1. Passengers transiting Kenya from jurisdictions where TT is not available will use www.globalhaven.org or Global Haven via the trusted travel portal www.africacdc.org/trusted-travel to generate a travel stamp.
  2. Upon successful validation, passengers are issued with a secondary travel stamp (TC code) by the system for exit approval for Kenya.

NOTE: The COVID-19 test needs to be done 96 hours before departure.

DURING YOUR STAY WITH US

Mandatory wearing of face masks in public spaces has now been lifted but please note that you are required to wear a mask on all public transport.

Temperature screening in public places has stopped

There are government protocols in place for your safety and the safety of our staff, which we must comply with. We will do our very best to accommodate every guest’s personal needs and requests to ensure every one is as comfortable as possible but these are protocols that every guest must adhere to when on safari with us.

We strive to be flexible, transparent and approachable at all times; we are here to help. Please do not hesitate to ask any of our team members any questions you may have, at any time.

WHAT TO PACK

A PACKING LIST FOR YOUR STAY IMPORTANT:

• Passport (Kenyan immigration authorities require a minimum of two blank (unstamped) visa pages in the passport to enter the country) or Kenyan Identification Card

• Visa

• Yellow Fever vaccination (only required of all travelers over one year old, arriving from yellow fever infected countries)

• Air Tickets/Vouchers/insurance details

• Credit Cards (MasterCard or Visa) Debit Cards (for use at ATM)

• Sun Glasses and Solid Case

• Prescription Glasses (with extra pair) and Solid Case

• Contact Lenses (with extra pair), we recommend that you also bring a pair of glasses in case of dust irritation. Books/magazines/journals Converter/plug set (Kenya uses 220v English square pin)

• Binoculars – a must! • Flashlight (small, with extra batteries)

• Camera & Equipment: Battery Charger and Adapter, Large Memory Card etc.

TOILETRIES:

• Malaria prophylactics (if you choose)

• Anti-histamine pills/cream (pills are more suitable for people with allergies and fast reactions to bites) Insect Repellent Motion sickness pills (if needed) Painkillers

• Sunscreen (we recommend lotion with high protection as most of Kenya is at high altitudes)

• After-sun lotion

• Face and Hand Cleaning Wipes

• Body Lotion

• Battery or hand razor

• Hair brush

• Shampoo and conditioner

• Deodorant

• Feminine hygiene supplies

• Lip Balm (recommended with an SPF)

• Toothpaste and toothbrush

• Eye drops (if needed)

CLOTHING:

• Sunhat

• Windproof/Waterproof Jacket Fleece

• Jumper/Sweatshirt

• Safari Trousers

• Safari Shorts

• Sport Socks

• Short & long sleeved Shirts & / or T- Shirts/tops/blouses

• Pyjamas

• Swimming costumes

• Underwear

• Light Walking Shoes for everyday use Pair of Sandals/Flip-Flops

• Pair of Closed Shoes for the evening

NOTE: There may be a restriction on luggage on your safari (usually 15kgs per person) – please ensure that you have the details from your agent according to your itinerary and ask your agent ahead of time if you would like details on the feasibility and costs of taking excess luggage with you on any of these restricted luggage safaris

DIRECTIONS TO EXPLORE NATURE MARA LODGE

• Head out of Nairobi on the main Waiyaki Way towards Nakuru

• Turn off on the road towards Mai Mahiu and Naivasha that goes down the escarpment

• Then turn left onto the road to Narok

• In Narok get fuel and refreshments

• Then carry on out of Narok and turn off left onto the road to the Mara which is about 5 Kms out of Narok

• Cross the Uaso Nyiro River Bridge and turn left onto the road towards the Mara and Keekorok lodge (lots of sign boards). The Tarmac ends and carries on as a murrum road • Then after a good run turn left onto the road to Naikara

• At the next major junction bear right towards the Mara (left road goes to Naikara)

• Continue on this road heading for Ololaimutia gate into the Maasai Mara

• In Ololaimutia stop outside the Balloon Safaris compound where someone on a motorbike will meet you (the camp manager will send you the name and mobile number of the motorbike escort nearer your travel date)

• Follow him to camp which is about an hour away. Please pay the motorbike escort Kshs 500; this is to cover for his fuel from Ololaimutia to camp and back

**For the motorbike to meet you, we need to know your arrival details 24 hours in advance **

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