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Flights at Airstrip in Full Capacity as Visitors Throng Region for the Lamu Festival

Lamu 10th November 2016 – Kenya Airports Authority is for the 10th year running sponsoring the annual Lamu Cultural Festival. The event, which is running from the 10th to the 13th of November, seeks to celebrate the unique heritage of the Lamu archipelago. The annual festival offers a fascinating insight into life on the island.

This year, KAA has sponsored the Donkey race at a tune of KShs. 200,000. Scheduled flights landing at Manda Airstrip in the island are in full capacity as visitors throng the region for the festival. The airstrip’s acting Officer in Charge, Mr. Ali Godana noted that the airstrip records over 400 passengers daily with efforts in place to increase it’s capacity.

“We have recently extended our runway from 1 to 2 Kilometers to allow larger aircraft to land at the island and in turn boost tourism in the region.” Said Mr. Godana.

Skyward Express, which is a domestic airline, is set to join Jambo Jet, Fly540, Air Kenya Express and Fly Sax with daily scheduled flights to Lamu as from next month.

Apart from the Lamu Cultural Festival, KAA has also in past supported the island’s Maulidi Festival, a celebration of both the past and the future, and the beliefs and traditions that are the heart and soul of the community. In a bid to give back to the island’s community, the authority through its CSR program, has also supported the Lamu county government in a lighting project that saw 100 street lights put up at the island’s seafront.

Lamu Cultural Festival is a vibrant display of island life in East Africa’s oldest town. The coastal settlement is listed by UNESCO as a prestigious World Heritage site and is one of the original Swahili settlements along coastal East Africa with a unique heritage dating back over 700 years.

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Destination Guides

Kenya has diverse attractions to offer to our visitors.  It is only a few countries around the world where one can relax on pristine sandy beaches and be able to see wildlife in all forms within a short distance.  Kenya has 60 National Parks and Reserves all with abundant wildlife.  The spectacular wildebeest migration that occurs every year in Kenya’s most visited Maasai Mara National Reserve is referred to as the 7th new wonder of the world.

The scenery of Kenya is unique, the Great Rift Valley and the snow capped Mount Kenya, lying astride the equator, are breath-taking.  There are myriads of activities which visitors can enjoy including rock climbing, white water rafting, bird watching and adventure.  Kenya is also a land endowed with cultural diversity, pleasant weather all the year round and more importantly, hospitable people.

The diversity of Kenya’s tourism products further includes, ecotourism, sports and water based tourism, conference tourism and home stay tourism.  In the northern part of the country, we have the cradle of mankind from where we all originated, making Kenya a leader in heritage tourism.  Kenya is therefore the ultimate destination offering unparalleled variety of travel and holiday experiences.

See what Kenya has to offer by visiting by browsing the Magical Kenya website

Airport Visits

This is aimed at schools, colleges and institutions.

Send a letter/email of request to the Airport of Choice via talk2us@kaa.go.ke, attention to Airport Manager. You will receive a response that will give you an appointment letter.

Primary and Secondary School charges are Kshs. 2500 per group of 50pupils/students and 4 teachers. Adult groups, Colleges and university charges are kshs. 4000 per group of 50 and 4 lecturers. This caters for Facilitation and Security passes.

Traveling with Pets

Pets that fly with passengers may be accepted as baggage, paying the corresponding fare, if applicable, irrespective of the baggage allowance which the passenger has a right to.

As a general rule, these animals must be checked-in and loaded into the hold of the aircraft, where they will be placed in a container which can be obtained from some airlines.

It is important that when you make the booking or buy the ticket, whether in the airline or travel agency, you state your intention of carrying a pet on board and find out the specific conditions for their transport (identification documentation, vaccination, etc.).

Porters / Trolleys / Buggies

Baggage trolleys are available at the airport’s both departure and arrival halls and have been provided for use by passengers free of charge.

Port Health

If you feel unwell or require medical assistance while at JKIA, you may go to the Port Health Clinic at the airport.

Telephone Medical Emergency: 0705164724
Office: 0773053845/0776183068
email: porthealthservicsjkia@health.go.ke
Website: www.health.go.ke



1. Emergency medical response
2. Emergency hospital transfers
3. Travel vaccinations
4. Travel Health advise
5. Disease surveillance
6. Vector surveillance and control
7. Import and export clearance of goods of public health concern
8. Inspection and licensing of airport food premises

Travel Vaccination
You can get your yellow fever vaccine at the port health clinics located within all Kenyan airports at a cost of Ksh 3500.
It is recommended that you get your vaccination 10 days before you travel.
Always confirm with your travel agent if your intended destination requires yellow fever certification to avoid any inconveniences during departure from Kenya.

Travellers coming into Kenya from the following countries are expected to possess valid yellow fever vaccination certificates upon arrival. (These include airport transit for 12 hours or more) For more information, visit www.who.int/ith/2017-ith-annex1.pdf

1) Angola
2) Argentina
3) Benin
4) Bolivia
5) Brazil
6) Burkina Faso
7) Burundi
8) Cameroon
9) Central African Republic
10) Chad
11) Colombia
12) Congo
13) Cote d’Voire
14) Democratic Republic of Congo
15) Ecuador
16) Equatorial Guinea
17) Ethiopia
18) French Guyana
19) Gabon
20) Gambia
21) Ghana
22) Guinea
23) Guinea Bissau
24) Guyana
25) Kenya
26) Liberia
27) Mali
28) Mauritania
29) Niger
30) Nigeria
31) Panama
32) Paraguay
33) Sierra Leone
34) Senegal
35) South Sudan
36) Sudan
37) Suriname
38) Togo
39) Trinidad and Tobago
40) Uganda
41) Venezuela

This list may be updated according to the prevailing disease patterns.
For more information please visit The Ministry of Health Website

Port Health Services team has put a public health surveillance system in place for the Ebola disease, in this case a traveler using our airports might be requested to fill in an Ebola surveillance form.

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Banking & Currency Exchange

Different Banks and Foreign Exchange bureaus have been set up at various points of the airport’s arrival and departure terminals.

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Traveling with Children

As a general rule, children should travel with an adult. Check with your company to see if they have a chaperone service (a member of the cabin crew who, after paying the company for their services, can take care of the minor).

If the child is five or over they can travel alone, provided that the person responsible for the minor signs a Waiver of Responsibility and guarantees that an identified adult will take charge of the child in the arrival airport.

If you are travelling with babies or young children, most companies have an activities service –books, games, etc.- and, if you request them in advance, children’s meals.

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