American Jewish World Service: Study Tour to Kenya
August 13 – 20, 2023
International flights are booked independently by travelers. The main program begins in Nairobi on Sunday, August 13, and ends on Sunday, August 20 in Nairobi. Please book your flights based on the following schedule.
- Sunday, August 13, 2023: Arrive at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (NBO) by 3:00 PM
- Sunday, August 20, 2023: Depart from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (NBO) anytime
Flight Booking Assistance: Please contact Jill (email@example.com) if you would like to be connected with a flight booking specialist to assist you with your flight bookings.
- Check-in: 2:00 PM
- Check-out: 12:00 PM
Many international flights arrive early and depart late at night. We cannot guarantee access to your hotel room before check-in (2:00 PM) or after check-out (12:00 PM). If you would like to arrive early or stay late and would like assistance with your travel arrangements or accommodations, please contact Jill (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Elevate Destinations requires that all travelers purchase medical insurance that will cover them for any medical expenses while in Kenya, including Covid related expenses. Trawick International provides fast and basic insurance coverage. You can contact Trawick at email@example.com or call (888) 301-9289 anytime.
If you have medical insurance that will cover you in Kenya, please email Jill (firstname.lastname@example.org) with a copy of your insurance policy including your insurance provider’s emergency phone number.
While not required, Elevate Destinations strongly recommend that travelers purchase insurance with Cancel for Any Reason level coverage. Please note that all Cancel for Any Reason (CFAR) insurance policies are time sensitive and require purchase within 1 to 21 days of making a payment for your trip. CFAR provides more robust coverage for any unexpected trip cancellations or delays.
Below are two insurance brokers that Elevate Destinations recommends. However, travelers are allowed to purchase travel insurance from any vendor of their choosing.
Please make sure your passport is current and valid for at least 6 months beyond your trip departure date. Your passport should have at least 2 blank pages for the entry and exit stamps, or more if you are visiting several countries on this trip. Please note that the last two amendment pages are unacceptable for visas and immigration stamps.
Citizens from the US will require a tourist visa in order to enter Kenya. We recommend applying for a tourist visa. Most travelers should qualify to apply for the e-Visa.
Please note that travelers can apply for the e-tourist visa starting on July 3, 2023. The single-entry e-Tourist Visa is valid for the length of stay and a return ticket is required to have to apply. A multiple-entry visa is good for 3 to 12 months and a 5-year Multiple Entry visa is valid for 5 years from the date of issue. Be sure to print out your ETA form and a photocopy of your passport to bring with you. You will need to have these documents with you during your travels.
When applying for your e-visa, you will be asked about the purpose of your travel to Kenya. It is recommended to say “Tourism”. You can site aspects of your itinerary that do not call out specific partners or grantees. If you would like assistance drafting language for your visa application, please do not hesitate to reach out to Elevate Destinations.
If you would like to acquire your visa for Kenya with a visa-processing center, Elevate Destinations recommends A1 Passport and Visa in Washington DC. For questions regarding the visa application, you can reach A1 Passport directly at (202) 639-1500.
For assistance with the online visa application, please contact the visa helpline in Kenya at the below phone numbers.
- Monday to Friday from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM EST
- Weekends and after 5:00 PM EST
- Payment Queries
Kenyan visa regulations change frequently, often with little advance notice, and changes may be poorly advertised and inconsistently enforced. Travelers are urged to check the website of the US Embassy in Kenya before any travel to Kenya to review the most current information.
*Please let us know if you have traveled to Kenya in the last 6 months or plan to travel again in the following 6 months after your program. Your frequency of travel to Kenya will affect the type of visa you will want to apply for.
*Please also let us know if the following items apply to you as it may affect your visa application process:
- Children under 16 years and below
- Valid Kenyan work permit or re-entry pass
- Holders of Laissez-Passer issued by UN, IMF, and World Bank while traveling to Kenya on official business for the organization
How to Apply:
- Click register on evisa.go.ke/
- Select Create an account
- Once logged in, select the Department of Immigration Services
- Select submit application
- Select “Kenya Visa”
- Select the type of visa and read the instructions carefully
- Fill in the application form
- Pay using Visa, Mastercard, or other debit cards
- Await approval via email, then download and print the eVisa from your eCitizen account
- Present your printed eVisa to the immigration officer at the port of entry
Please note that you can apply for an East Africa Visa which allows you to move between Kenya, Uganda, and Rwanda. If you’d like assistance applying for your visa, we recommend A1 Passport and Visa for their excellent customer service.
Provide Kenyan E-Visa upon entry.
Please note: As of May 4, 2023, Kenya no longer requires proof of COVID-19 vaccine or negative PCR test within 72 hours before departure. We still highly recommend traveling with your Covid Vaccine Card. You can download the CLEAR App (download the app here) on your mobile phone to generate a digital copy of your Covid Vaccine Card.
If you have flu-like symptoms, you will be stopped for a PCR test at your own cost.