Kenya is situated along the equator and enjoys a tropical climate with variations in temperatures, altitude and terrain within its different regions. Conditions vary across the country: the coastal region is warm and humid (20–30 degrees Celsius), the highlands are cooler (10–28 degrees Celsius) and the northern semi-arid region soars to temperatures of 20–40 degrees Celsius with minimal rainfall.
Kenya has modern healthcare facilities should they be needed. Medical insurance is necessary in case of unforeseen events, such as accidents or sudden illness that might require evacuation for treatment. The risk of malaria is low in Nairobi and the highlands (above 2,500m above sea level) of the Central, Eastern, Nyanza and Western Provinces of Kenya.
2 ENTRY HEALTH REQUIREMENTS
2.1 Yellow Fever Vaccination Certification
A valid Yellow Fever Vaccination Certificate is required for travellers entering Kenya from any country with risk of yellow fever virus transmission as listed in annex I of International Health Regulations. These include countries in Central Africa, West Africa, Eastern Africa, South America and Central America. In addition, the following measures are being implemented at points of entry:
- Travellers from any country reporting an outbreak of yellow fever disease must have valid Yellow Fever Vaccination Certificate (having been vaccinated 10 days before travel).
- Travellers from any country reporting an outbreak of yellow fever disease who are not citizens or residents of Kenya and do not have valid Yellow Fever Vaccination Certificates will be denied entry into the country.
- Travellers from any country reporting an outbreak of yellow fever who are citizens or residents of Kenya and do not have a valid Yellow Fever Vaccination Certificate will be isolated and held at the point of entry until yellow fever tests are completed.
2.2 Ebola screening and surveillance
Kenya is Ebola free. However, measures have been put in place to prevent the entry of the Ebola virus into the country. These measures include thermal imaging cameras for monitoring temperatures and filling out health surveillance forms. To facilitate this process, there are three levels of screening:
- Travellers from, or who transited through, either Ebola-affected countries or countries neighbouring Ebola-affected countries, fill out surveillance forms on arrival. These forms are handed over to a Port Health Officer who reviews them and may ask any additional questions if necessary. Thereafter, the traveller’s temperature is taken by an overhead thermal camera.
- Travellers arriving from countries not affected by the Ebola virus disease will arrive through the main International Arrival Gate, and an overhead thermal camera will scan their temperatures.
The thermal cameras are calibrated to allow a maximum temperature of 37.2 degrees Celsius (99 degrees Fahrenheit). If any of the arriving travellers has a temperature of more than 37.2 degrees, the camera will emit an audible cue, alerting the Port Health Officer on duty. This may delay the entry process as Port Health Officers proceed to identify the traveller in the queue having a temperature above 37.2 degrees Celsius. After identification, the traveller will be taken to a side room for further examination.
3 EMERGENCY AND MEDICAL SERVICES
A certificate of yellow fever vaccination is required for our international delegates travelling from outside Kenya.
Visitors should take malaria precautions.
It is advisable to drink bottled water rather than tap water.
Medical assistance will be available round the clock at the conference venue.
A standby ambulance will be provided at Safari Park Hotel from May 2 - 5, 2016
TRAVELLERS ARRIVING FROM COUNTRIES LISTED BELOW ARE REQUIRED TO POSSESS A VALID VACCINATION CERTIFICATE FOR YELLOW FEVER
- Bolivia (Plurinational State of)
- Burkina Faso
- Central African Republic
- Côte d'Ivoire
- Democratic Republic of Congo
- Equatorial Guinea
- Sierra Leone
- Trinidad and Tobago
- United Republic of Tanzania
- Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of)