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Kenya is one of the most developed countries in the region, is visited by over 100,000 UK tourists each year and most trips occur without any difficulty. We have organised over 50 individual volunteer trips to Bore since 2008 and to date none of our travellers have experienced any serious problem but visitor safety is naturally our foremost priority. To that end, we ask that all potential visitors and partners read the information on this page carefully and follow the given links to stay updated on the latest travel advice. We also recommend that all partners and students wishing to visit Boré sign up for the UK Foreign Office - Kenya travel guidance email alert service. You can do this here and you will then be notified of any security or other concerns immediately, should they arise.
Map showing the location of the Forest Centre and the area the UK Foreign Office regard as 'unsafe for all but essential travel'. Note that Boré is close to, but not within the yellow zone.
Check with your local surgery or the NHS Fit for Travel website to get the latest advice regarding inoculations and malaria prophylaxis. Most travellers will need a course of anti-malaria tablets for the duration of their stay. In the wet seasons (around November-December and April-May) mosquitoes are present and precautions such as long sleeved clothing for the evening and deterrent spray are also recommended.
All travellers to Africa need be aware of the dangers, take the appropriate precautions, stay up to date with the latest government travel guidance and ensure that they have the correct travel insurance.
Travel insurance is an absolute necessity for anyone visiting in Africa and Boré is no exception. It is the responsibility of volunteers and researchers themselves to ensure that they have the appropriate insurance in place. This comparison site a good place to start. Make sure you have the right insurance in place well before you travel. Don't leave it to the last minute.
UK nationals visiting Kenya for short periods as tourists can currently obtain a tourist visa on arrival (cost ~$40 - best to pay in Dollars but Pounds are acceptable though you don't get a good rate). You can also get a visa online and by post from the Kenyan High Commission. If you are conducting academic research you will need a research permit. In Africa, such permits generally take a long time to secure so allow plenty of time. You can apply for visas, find all the relevant info and also links for obtaining research permits here. If you are not a UK national you should approach the appropriate Kenyan high commission or consulate in your home country.
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