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Health & safety

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Emergency numbers

Main emergency helpline 999

Hospitals in Nairobi

Hospital quality and standards can vary significantly. Public hospitals may offer good care, but understaffing and long wait times are common. Private hospitals provide world-class care and are the best option if you're looking for English-speaking doctors, but can be costly without insurance.

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Is Nairobi safe for solo female travelers?

"It is generally safe to walk during daylight hours in better neighborhoods, but female travelers should avoid walking alone at night due to the risk of sexual assault and crime. Even though Nairobi is safer than other African cities, Nairobians have nicknamed the city Nairobery, because petty theft and pickpocketing are very common in certain areas."
Cris Torras

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Best travel insurance for Nairobi

Travel insurance isn't mandatory, but recommended. 
Choose a plan that offers coverage for Covid-19 and unexpected quarantine. As mentioned, treatment in private hospitals can be expensive if you don't have insurance coverage.


*this information is taken from the official CDC website There are no vaccinations required for entry to Kenya but check with your doctor if they recommend taking additional ones against:

  • Diphtheria

  • Hepatitis A & B

  • Poliomyelitis

  • Tetanus

Yellow fever vaccination certificate is required for travelers 1 year or older from at-risk countries.

Drinkable tap water?

No. The locals avoid drinking tap water in Kenya because it's not clean enough. 

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