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Kenya

Kenya: At a glance

Capital: Nairobi

Population: 49.7 million

Official languages: Swahili, English

Time zone: East Africa Time

Emergency #: 999

Vaccinations required: Yes

Risk of malaria: Yes

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Kenya: Travel Health Information

Kenya is known for its natural landscapes, wildlife, adventure tourism, and culture. Travellers can go on a safari trip and witness countless animals in the wild, particularly during the annual Maasai Mara migration. Visitors can also see wild flamingos on Lake Nakuru, or hike Mount Kenya. For a change of pace, tourists can visit the bustling capital city of Nairobi.

Healthcare

The standards for patient care and medical services in Kenya may differ from your home country. Kenya has both public and private healthcare options. Public healthcare in Kenya is generally under-funded and does not meet international standards. Facilities often have limited resources and equipment, and corruption is common. Although expensive, private healthcare in Nairobi is high quality.

In the event of a medical emergency, contact your travel health insurance company immediately. Hospitals and private practitioners in Kenya require upfront payment, regardless if you have travel health insurance. Medical evacuation to South Africa may be required for complex medical emergencies. Ensure that you have accessible funds to cover upfront fees and adequate travel health insurance, including evacuation. Before you depart, check with your insurer about the extent of their coverage in Kenya.

Pharmacies and medications

Kenya has both public and private pharmacies. Access to public pharmacies may be limited by region, and many are under-stocked. However, private pharmacies are generally much more expensive, and counterfeit drugs or low-quality versions of medicines are common. Make sure to pack a sufficient supply of essential medication for the duration of your trip and where possible, opt for pharmacies associated with university-affiliated hospitals.

If you are travelling with medication, check with Kenya’s embassy, consulate, or Ministry of Health for details on medication allowances and restrictions. If your medication is a psychotropic or narcotic, you can review Benin’s regulations on the International Narcotics Control Board. Note that these sources may provide incomplete or out-of-date information.

Road safety

Most major roads in Kenya are paved, although the quality of roads can vary, as potholes, unlit roads, and poorly maintained roads are common. During the rainy season, roads may become slippery or flooded. Seat belts are required for drivers and passengers of vehicles at all times. Helmets are required for motorcycle drivers and passengers at all times. In Kenya, traffic drives on the left.



Kenya: At a glance

Capital: Nairobi

Population: 49.7 million

Official languages: Swahili, English

Time zone: East Africa Time

Emergency #: 999

Vaccinations required: Yes

Risk of malaria: Yes

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