Kenya Health Requirements FAQ

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Frequently asked questions about t Kenya health requirements.

How is emergency medical cover and travel insurance arranged?

It is advised to make sure that you have sufficient medical and travel coverage before departing on your trip to Kenya. This insurance should include emergency evacuation expenses, cancellation of the trip, medical expenses and damage/theft/loss of personal baggage, money or goods.

Do you have any advice pertaining to health in Kenya?

Please wash fruits and vegetables thoroughly before using or make sure it is peeled. Be wary of eating foods from roadside stands as they are not always sanitary.

When travelling in Kenya, do not have unprotected sex, as HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases are a risk.

What vaccinations or medications should I get before my trip to Kenya?

It is advisable that when travelling to Kenya, you seek the advice of a medical professional with regards to vaccinations required. Protect yourself against mosquitoes, as they carry a host of diseases, including yellow fever and malaria.

Please take anti malaria medication before your departure to Kenya, during your stay, and once you return home for a period determined by your doctor. Some preventative measures are to wear long sleeves and long trousers and by applying an effective insect repellent, preferably one containing DEET. Most safari camps and lodges have mosquito nets around their beds to reduce the risk of bites.

Is the water safe to drink?

It is recommended that you drink bottled water during your stay in Kenya and whilst visiting the camps and lodges. All water in Kenya should be treated before using, whether by boiling or through purifying tablets. Cholera is a potential danger. Typhoid fever is also a risk.

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