Final Pre-Departure Checklist
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Fill-out & print off your “Dropbox Sign'' Waivers that were sent to you by us. This is where we receive your personal preferences, dietary restrictions and allergies. If there are any changes after you already signed the forms please let us know asap.
Upload a copy of your passport here. We recommend printing some extra copies as well in case you lose it. Please ensure your passport is valid meaning prior to your departure it has at-least 6 months before it expires.
Purchase your flights and send a copy to your Discover Corps Coordinator. Be sure your trip is guaranteed to run first.
Apply for your Kenya E-visa. Print a copy and travel with it. Your Kenya E-visa will be valid for 3 months from the date it's been issued. After your visa is approved, you'll be able to travel to Kenya for 90 days. Remember your trip must be valid within the validity of your Kenya E-visa. *We recommend applying for your visa around 60 days prior to your trip*.
ONLY If you are taking the Zanzibar Extension -Apply for your Tanzania Visa. The application must be completed at least 10 days prior to travel, however, we recommend doing it as early as possible.
Get Your Yellow Fever Vaccine & Certificate. You must travel with the certificate for entry into Kenya.
Full COVID-19 Vaccine Certificate - or - PCR test for entry to Kenya. All travelers above the age of 12 arriving in Kenya through any point of entry will be required to show either proof of COVID-19 vaccination -or- a negative COVID-19 PCR test conducted no more than 72 hours before departure. If you are traveling with your vaccine card, you must have a QR code. Please create an account via VaxYes to issue your vaccine card and generate a QR Code. For more information see here.
Negative COVID-19 Test. As per Discover Corps' Health & Safety Protocol, we require that all travelers provide proof of a negative, COVID-19 Test result within 24 hours of traveling, this can be an at-home antigen test. If traveling with your vaccine card, simply provide us with a Negative COVID-19 at-home antigen test within 24 hours before travel. Take a picture of the results and send a copy to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kenya Traveler Health Surveillance Form (QR Code). 72 hours prior to departure, you are required to complete the Ministry of Health Surveillance Form . This will generate a QR code which you will need to present upon arrival.
Print off your CISI Medical Insurance Card and travel with it. You will have received this in a separate email from CISI. Scroll to the bottom of the email and you will see the medical insurance cards attached. *Note: this will be sent to you around 10 days prior to your departure.
Print off your Final Itinerary and travel with it (*Note: this will be sent around 10 days prior to departure). This is helpful for you to have on hand during your trip as it contains important contact information including our 24-hour emergency line for last-minute changes to your flights. The toll-free number is 1-888-230-1452.
Money, Currency & Tipping Guidelines. Please contact your bank ahead of your departure and let them know you will be traveling to Kenya and or Tanzania. If your bank is not informed they may block access to your card while you are there. On this note, there is no need to bring large quantities of cash. There are plenty of ATMS in Nairobi and your guide can always make a stop for you to take out money. We recommend travellers allocate around $400 for souvenirs, tips, etc. For more information on tipping see here.
Pack your bags. Check out the packing list of suggested clothing and other "must-have" items. *Note: It is very important to pack a reusable water bottle & an electrical adapter. Also ONLY if you are taking the Zanzibar Extension - see other specific packing lists here. The weather in Kenya has a nice tropical climate due to its location. During the dry season (June - October) the average high is 75°F with a low of 68°F, it does get chilly please pack accordingly. Then from November to May during the "wet season", the average high is 82°F then it cools down into 70°F. Here is a link to the current temperatures in the Nairobi area.
Verify Airline Requirements. Some airlines may require additional affidavits to be filled out before travel. Please double-check with your airlines before traveling.
Verify your flight(s) are accurate! If you noticed any changes, please update your Travel Specialist asap.
ONLY if you are taking the Zanzibar Extension -Tanzania Health Surveillance Form Please fill out this mandatory Health Surveillance Form as it is required to be completed within 24 hours prior to departure to Zanzibar, so you will do this once already in Kenya. Ask your guide if you have any trouble.
Schedule a final pre-departure call before you depart! Please schedule a time with your Travel Specialist Lynne Corvaglia and she can talk through all these important details.
Get ready to have a trip of a lifetime!!!