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EUEOM Presidential, Parliamentarian
and Civic Elections Kenya 2002

Short Term Observers


You will obtain a tourist visa at Nairobi airport; all you have to do is to bring 50 dollars US and your passport. Be aware that it must be valid through 31 June 2003 - 6 months after the day of your departure form Kenya.


In Kenya it is possible to obtain money through ATMs or tellers in the bank using an international credit card, best are Mastercard or Visa.


We advice to take Paludrin and Resochin as a prophylaxis, however, this is not necessary for observers staying in Nairobi only. Moreover, for an emergency case of Malaria, the groups shall be equipped with a medical kit containing PYARLFIN. What we do not suggest is Lariam!

Doctors recommend all visitors to have inoculations against tetanus, polio, cholera, typhoid, paratyphoid and hepatitis.

In cities and big towns good Healthcare facilities are available. In Nairobi, there are big hospitals such as Nairobi Hospital, M.P. Shah, Aga Khan, Getrude's Garden Children's Hospital and Mater while Mombasa has Mombasa, Pandya Memorial and Aga Khan Hospitals. Kisumu and Nakuru have Aga Khan and War Memorial Hospitals respectively.

AAR (African Air Rescue) Health Services operates as a healthcare facility with a network of some sort but operations are mainly based in Nairobi and Mombasa. AAR also offers a 24-hour emergency service.

There are a number of pharmacies and small healthcare facilities (e.g. clinics and nursing homes) countrywide. If staying in a rural setup, a few privately owned clinics would suffice but in case of chronic illnesses, it is recommended to seek proper and competitive medicare in bigger towns or Nairobi.

Despite Kenya's fresh drinking water from natural resources, it is advised to boil it before drinking. Alternatively, bottled mineral water is available from all supermarkets and hotels. Popular brands include Keringeti, Kilimanjaro, Mombasa, Mt. Kenya.

But to stay healthy on last (but not least) thing…CLOTHING

Be aware that it is quite chilly in the morning hours as well as the evening. While the temperatures are between 24-27 degrees Celsius in Nairobi, inland and in coastal regions temperatures might climb well over 30 degrees!

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