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The Great Wildebeest migration in East Africa, from the Serengeti Plains in Tanzania to the Masai Mara in Kenya, has been around for one million years. So, is it any wonder that tourists want to witness this wildlife phenomenon? Apart from amazing wildlife attractions, travellers also visit Kenya to experience its indigenous culture and miles of beaches . Just to be clear, a visit to Kenya is incomplete without the sightings of its wildlife and as such, several Safari tour operators provide a range of safari packages for most tastes and budgets.

Tourists can visit these safari locations once in Kenya and can arrive by air, land or sea, but flights are the most preferred mode of transport.  Kenya is a vast country and whilst you can travel by car on a safari circuit, getting between the different regions is better on a scheduled flight.

There are various airlines that fly to Kenya but routes are limited so some careful planning is required. We have listed the most frequent flights below to get you started with your planning. We have also put together a list of the Visa and passport requirements.

Flights To Kenya

✔  Direct/Non Stop Flights To Kenya

Kenya Airways is currently one of the major airlines that provide direct flights to Kenya.

Tourists travelling to Kenya from the United States don’t have a lot of options for direct flights. The only direct flights for Nairobi leave from New York (John F Kennedy Airport). The ticket price is usually in the range of $750 to $900, except in June, July, August, and December, when the ticket price might spike up to $1250.

Kenya Airways also offers direct flights from Mumbai, India to Nairobi. The fare from India is much cheaper, around $350 to $400, as the journey completes in 6 hours and 30 minutes.

China Southern Airlines provides affordable non-stop flights to Nairobi from Guangzhou. The fare for the trip is around $800 and it is a 12-hour journey.

Both British Airways and Kenya Airways fly non-stop from London to Nairobi Jomo Kenyatta. The flights leave from London Heathrow and the fare could be anywhere between $1900 to $2500. It takes around 9 hours to reach Nairobi by plane..

Lufthansa Airlines offers flights from Frankfurt, Germany to Nairobi Jomo Kenyatta. The average fare for these flights is around $1200, while the seasonal price may rise to more than $3000 for a journey that takes 8-8:30 hours.

Kenya Airways flight departs from Paris Charles De Gaulle to Nairobi, takes about 8:30 hours and the fare is among one of the highest at $1700.

✔  Connecting Flights To Kenya

All major airlines offer connecting flights to Kenya. Listed below are the airlines that provide one or two stops connecting flights to Kenya.

  • Air France
  • American Airlines
  • Condor Charter Airlines
  • Delta Air Lines
  • EgyptAir
  • Emirates
  • Etihad Airways
  • KLM
  • Qatar Airways
  • Royal Air Maroc
  • South African Airways
  • SWISS
  • Turkish Airlines

The fare for these flights is quite competitive. Connecting flights from Paris to Nairobi are cheaper than direct flights, as they cost around $750 to $950. The prices for both non-stop and connecting flights are approximately the same for some airlines. Be aware that the costs of travel to  Kenya may vary according to the tourist seasons.

Passport and Visa Requirements In Kenya

There are a number of countries that require a visa to travel to Kenya. To find out whether you require a visa or not, check the list of countries that don’t need one. Passport holders of a  few nationalities cannot apply for e-Visa, but require a referral from the Kenyan director of the immigration services.

Nationalities that require a Visa can fill out the Kenya Visa application form, after creating an account on the e-Visa website. We have listed other requirements that a traveller has to fulfil before entering Kenya.

✔  Visa Requirements

  • A passport with the validity of at least six months with two blank pages.
  • At the moment, a tourist can apply for a single-entry Visa at Kenyan airports. However, it will change soon. Kenya’s travel advisory encourages getting a Visa through an online system.
  • Multiple-entry Visas cannot be obtained right before the flight. The provisions for it should be made in advance.

✔  Kenya Travel Vaccines Requirements

CDC has put up information regarding vaccines a person is required to take before travelling to foreign countries and they have stressed the importance of vaccinations. Check out this list of some necessary vaccines.

  • Measles vaccine for infants and children.
  • Hepatitis A and Typhoid
  • Cholera, Hepatitis B, Malaria, Meningitis, Rabies, and Yellow Fever are also required vaccinations. Read the CDC’s guidelines for these vaccinations.
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