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Is it safe to travel to Kenya? You’ve probably asked yourself this question at some point. It’s normal, Kenya has amazing places and it would be a shame to miss them. A safari in its best national parks like Masai Mara or Lake Nakuru, a few days on the amazing beaches of Diani or Malindi, exploring the Swahili culture in Mombasa or getting lost in a few days on the islands of the Lamu archipelago, there is so much to do! This 15-day tour of Kenya can help you. On this occasion, at IATI, experts in travel insurance, we are going to give you all the information you need about safety in Kenya so you can know first hand if the country is dangerous.
Also, as we are in such a changing time, we will tell you about the coronavirus situation in the African country. Finally, we will give you some tips to make your trip go smoothly. Stay with us because we are going to tell you everything about whether it is safe to travel to Kenya.
Regarding health care, you have to get the idea that in Nairobi there are very good hospitals and medical staff, but in the rest of the cities they are mediocre. Therefore, the MAEC is very clear and indicates that “it is highly recommended to take out international medical travel insurance with the highest possible coverage and covering the transfer by air-ambulance from any point in Kenya to Nairobi, because in case of being necessary such transfer can be extremely difficult and expensive. It is also recommended that it include repatriation service by medical aircraft in case of emergencies”.
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In terms of health, the first thing the Ministry stresses is that “it is advisable to take out travel insurance to Tanzania with the widest possible coverage”. This is so, in addition to the coronavirus crisis (which we will talk about later), because of other diseases that are frequent in the country. For example, malaria is endemic and there are also cases of cholera, diphtheria and dengue fever. On the other hand, he indicates that “Quality medical services are scarce. For any serious problem, it is advisable to leave the country. Traveling with good insurance in Tanzania is, of course, essential.
In the big cities it is true that you have to be careful, especially at night and in isolated areas. However, you will be able to walk through the center of places like Arusha and Dar es Salaam without feeling insecure. As in any place, try not to be ostentatious and be aware of your valuables. There are people who will approach you to sell you souvenirs, tours or guide you, perhaps in some cases too insistently. However, with a little right-handedness, nothing is bound to go wrong.
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First of all, if the trip is made at the traveler’s own risk, the responsibility for medical expenses and transportation in case of a minor or major problem is not covered. Social Security benefits do not operate in Morocco, so it is more than advisable to take out travel insurance with medical coverage.
On the other hand, it is recommended to register the data of travelers in the Registry of Travelers of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in case communication is lost, or even if there is some risk of a terrorist act. Nevertheless, Morocco is statistically one of the safest countries in North Africa.
As a curiosity, tourists should be careful with imports, exports and use of drones in Moroccan territory. The regulation is quite restrictive and we must inform in advance for most uses to the Civil Aviation of the neighboring country.
As for vaccinations, there are no compulsory vaccinations, but there are recommendations from the MAEC for traveling to Morocco. In particular, it is advisable to be vaccinated against tuberculosis and hepatitis A to avoid possible infections.
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In addition, Africa is home to beautiful places declared World Heritage Sites by UNESCO, such as Kilimanjaro National Park in Tanzania or Victoria Falls, on the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Traveling to Africa is, without a doubt, an experience that will remain in your memory forever, that is why it is important to prepare efficiently the trip and be prepared for any unforeseen event that may arise.
Depending on the country or area you are visiting, health and transportation infrastructures can vary drastically in terms of their level of development and are, unfortunately, very precarious in many areas. In fact, in the event of needing medical assistance, medical costs in Africa can exceed the price of the trip itself.
If you want to enjoy your trip with peace of mind and comfort, one of the basic elements will be to take out travel insurance that includes medical assistance, luggage insurance and repatriation, and that covers the cost of extending your stay, if necessary.