The African nation of Kenya has reopened its borders to Indian travelers. Here’s what you need to know
Great news for lovers of the wildlife experience. The African nation of Kenya, known for its almost unrivaled Maasai Mara safari experiences, has reopened its borders to travelers from India. The temporary ban on passenger flights from India was lifted after being suspended from May 2021 when the peak of COVID-19 cases caused panic.
Last week, the Kenya Tourism Board (KTB) said in a statement that the African nation reopened its borders to Indian travelers, which were closed for a brief period due to the second wave of COVID-19.
The Kenya Civil Aviation Authority (KCAA) has confirmed that flights between India and Kenya can now resume, which it hoped would give a boost to travel which has been curtailed by the pandemic. As before, the flight schedule offers three direct flights from Mumbai to Nairobi each week on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays.
Travelers from India who are in possession of a negative result in the RT-PCR test, the test performed 96 hours before travel, will be exempt from quarantine.
Visa application continues to be online as one of the appropriate social distancing measures in this time of pandemic.
According to the statement, the yellow fever vaccine continues to be mandatory for Indian travelers of all age groups; visitors will also need a valid vaccination card upon arrival in Kenya.
Why should you consider Kenya
One of the few long-haul destinations currently open to Indians, Kenya is the destination of a lifetime. Its wildlife parks offer some of the best views in the world, and you’ll also find sunny beaches and bustling towns. The capital Nairobi surprisingly resembles an Indian city, the wildlife reserves of Amboseli (on the bottom of Mount Kilimanjaro, which, for the record, is located in Tanzania) and Maasai Mara (above) are amazing (a safari here, needless to say, is a must).
Don’t forget to put Lamu (above) on your route. Sign up for a guided walk to truly appreciate three aspects of this heritage city: its gates, cats and architecture. Or head to Malindi, a popular beach destination perfect for families.
Also see: West Bengal wildlife sanctuaries are now open