The Republic of Kenya is located on the Eastern coast of Africa, on the Equator. It is a land of striking landscapes, ranging from snow-capped Mount Kenya to rich farmlands, barren deserts and tropical beaches. It borders Somalia, Ethiopia and South Sudan to the North, Uganda to the West, Tanzania to the South, and the Indian Ocean to the East. Kenya's capital city is Nairobi. Other major cities are Mombasa, the main port on the Indian Ocean, and Kisumu on Lake Victoria. Kenya is one of the world’s most popular tourism destinations attracting millions of tourists over the past years. The country is endowed with attractive tourist sites, rich culture, striking geographical diversity and landscapes ranging from beautiful beaches, to animal parks and archaeological sites.
Located in the Embakasi suburb, 15 kilometers from Nairobi's central business district and 25 kilometers from United Nations Office at Nairobi, Gigiri.
Delegates arriving through JKIA in Nairobi may request for assistance from UNEP support staff who will be easily identifiable at the UNEA branded counters;
UNEP arrival protocol support:
Mr. Allan Meso: +254 (0)20 762 4236
Ms. Biljana Kuzmanovic: +254 (0) 734 550155
Ms. Nathalie Petkovic: +254 (0) 707 983476
Kenya is GMT + 0300 hours.
It is the delegate's own responsibility to obtain a visa for Kenya. The information provided herein acts only as guidance. A valid passport, not expiring for at least six months from date of arrival is required for entry into Kenya. A valid entry visa is also required for most countries and may be obtained in advance from the Kenyan Embassy/High Commission in your country of residence. In the absence of either, the British Embassy will generally represent Kenya in the issuance of visas. For more information, please visit the the Kenyan immigration website.
Please note that visas are not required for citizens of: Antigua & Barbuda, Bahamas, Botswana, British Virgin Islands, Burundi, Barbados, Cayman Islands, Comoros (Required but can be obtained on arrival), Costa Rica (If you have a valid Permanent Resident Card or Visa to US, Canada, UK or any European country), Dominica (not to be Confused with Dominican Republic), Dominican Republic, Ethiopia, Fiji, Grenada, Ghana, Haiti, Jamaica, Lesotho, Macau, Malaysia, Malawi, Micronesia, Namibia (Tourist Visa Not required, Business Visa required), Nauru, Panama, Philippines, Rwanda, Saint Helena, Saint Kitts & Nevis, Saint Vincent Grenadines, Samoa, Seychelles, Singapore, Swaziland, Tanzania, Trinidad & Tobago, Tuvalu, Uganda, Vanuatu, Zambia and Zimbabwe. Please visit the Kenya embassy website for more information.
Kenya is discontinuing issuance of Visas on arrival and therefore delegates requiring visas are encouraged apply for a visa online from the immigration office website.
If needed, it is still possible to obtain visas upon arrival at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi. The fee is USD 50.
Nationals of the following countries require special advance visa clearance by the Kenyan authorities (as of Jan 2015): Afghanistan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Cameroon, Democratic People's Republic of Korea (Formerly N. Korea), Eritrea, Iraq, Kosovo, Lebanon, Libya, Mali, Palestine, Senegal, Somalia, Syria, Tadjikistan and Stateless persons. More on this can be found on the Kenya embassy website.
A yellow fever vaccination certificate is mandatory for travelers coming from countries where yellow fever may occur. Immunization against yellow fever is recommended for travelers from other countries. The International travel, health and vaccination requirements for travel to Kenya can be obtained from the Centres for Disease Control and Preventions website.
Malaria risk exists throughout the year in Kenya, though there is little risk in Nairobi and the highlands. Therefore, it is advised that you take precautions while travelling out of these areas. Any medical costs incurred during their stay in Kenya shall be borne by the meeting participants; it is therefore strongly recommended that the participants arrange for their own health insurance.
Kenya has temporarily lifted restrictions from previously Ebola stricken countries. However, visitors entering Kenya may still be required to undergo screening upon arrival at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport.
United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), United Nations Office at Nairobi (UNON) and the Kenyan Authorities are working closely together to ensure that all precautionary measures are taken for delegate’s safety and security. However, participants are personally responsible for their movements. If you intend to stay in a hotel, you are advised to choose accommodation recommended list of hotels.
For your own safety, kindly read and follow the below listed tips:
May tends to be cool in Nairobi. The average temperature is 22°C but can drop to 13°C, especially at night. It would be advisable to carry a light jacket and an umbrella.Consult the World Weather website for current weather conditions in the area.
The electrical currents in Kenya are 220-240 Volts, 50 Hertz. Kindly note that Kenya uses the 13A 3 pin wall switch socket outlet.
The official languages of the Republic of Kenya are English and Swahili.
Currency and exchange rate
The official currency of the Republic of Kenya is the Kenya Shilling (KES). The current exchange rates are:
1 US Dollar = KES 102.00 EUR = KES 110.00
Foreign currency can be changed at JKIA, banks, foreign currency Exchange Bureaus or hotels. Banks in major centres are open from 09:00 to 16:00hrs Monday to Friday and from 09:00 to 12:00hrs on Saturdays.
The following currency exchange places are available near or at the UN compound in Nairobi.
ATMs are available country wide with 24 hour access. Within the UNON complex there are two ATMs on the lower concourse; one next to the Kenya Commercial Bank and the other near the UNFCU (United Nations Federal Credit Union).
Major international cards are accepted. Credit card fraud occurs in Kenya as in most other parts of the world. The usual precautions should be taken.
Travellers’ cheques are accepted at most banks, foreign currency exchange bureaus, hotels and stores in major malls.
The Gigiri compound accommodates almost 3,500 staff members (of the total more than 5,200 UN staff based in Kenya).
The 140 acre UN Gigiri compound is a peaceful place, offering the chance of observing local wildlife such as red duikers, squirrels, marsh mongoose, sykes monkeys and olive baboons. Easily spotted bird species include: crowned cranes, Egyptian geese, crested eagles, green pigeons and hoopoes.
A physical tour of the UNON compound may be arranged through the UNON Visitors Centre.
Consult the UNON Visitors website for more information.
2. Access to the complex
Access to the UN Gigiri Complex is via UN Avenue. Pedestrian access is through the Pavilion north of the main vehicle access.
All participants need to be registered prior to the meeting to be allowed access. Registered participants will be screened and are advised not to bring weapons, ammunition, inflammable items or sharp objects. The participants will be issued with conference photo badges and are advised to wear the badge at all times during their visit to the complex. The main vehicle access gate is located opposite the US Embassy. Only vehicles with an official UN Decal or UNEA Decal will be allowed into the complex and are subject to screening. Vehicle Decals will be issued during registration.
Full registration to UNEA-2 consists of 3 steps:
Uploading of Accreditation/Nomination/Invitation Letter
To facilitate verification of participation requests, all participants are required to upload an accreditation/nomination/invitation letter confirming their capacity to attend UNEA and its parallel meetings.
Uploading of photograph
Please upload a standard passport photo so as to speed on-site registration and badge collection.
Confirmation and validation email
Following your submission, UNEP will validate and send you a confirmation of your registration. (Please ensure you submit your personal email address).
3.2 Confirmation and validation email
Following your submission, UNEP will validate and send you a confirmation of your registration. (Please ensure you submit your personal email address). It will be used to relay regular information in regard to the Assembly.
3.3 On-site Registration
Once pre-registered, delegates are able to finalize their registration on-site, have their photo taken and collect their badges at the Visitors’ Center Pavilion on the following days:
To avoid long queues on the day of the official opening, delegates are strongly encouraged (if possible) to pre-register and collect their badges before the official start of the event on Monday, 23 May 2016.
VIP Badges for Ministers and Heads of Delegations
Ministers and Heads of Delegations will be issued with non-photo badges, provided they are pre-registered. Their badges will be available for collection as of Wednesday, 18 May, 2016 from the registration tent just beyond the main entrance to UNON.
Delegates Based in Nairobi
Delegates based in Nairobi who already have a pass issued by UNON can use this pass during the UNEA. However, all Permanent Representatives/Deputy Permanent Representatives and other focal points are advised to pre-register as a member of their respective delegations should they wish to have their names to appear on the list of participants.3.4 Presentation of Credentials by Member States
In accordance with rules 16 and 17 of the rules of procedure of the United Nations Environment Assembly, "Each member of the [UNEA] shall be represented by an accredited representative, who may be accompanied by such alternate representatives and advisers as may be required. The credentials of representatives and the names of the alternate representatives and advisers shall be submitted to the Executive Director before the first meeting which the representatives are to attend."
In this regard, please send a copy of your delegation's credentials signed by either the Minister of Foreign Affairs or Head of State/Government, by Friday 20 May 2016, to Ms. Hyun Sung.The original should be submitted to the Secretariat at the registration desk as you register to collect your access badge.
Please note that the UNEA Bureau will examine the credentials prior to the opening of the second session, and submit its report at the opening morning plenary on Monday, 23 May 2016.
Free Wi-Fi facility will be available in the UN compound and meeting rooms. Select the Wireless Network connection named ‘VISITORS’’ or ‘DELEGATES’.
There are several caterers within the UN compound contracted to provide food and beverages for breakfast, lunch as well as snacks during coffee breaks for staff and visiting delegates. In addition, there are several restaurants and bars within walking distance from the UN complex (listed in the order of distance from the main UN gate):
Osteria – Japanese and Italian food
Tel: + 254 (0) 701570468
Mediterraneo – Italian food
Tel: + 254 (20) 7123000
7. Postal/ Courier Service
The Post Office is available in the UNON complex and is open Monday to Friday, 08:00 to 17:00hrs
DHL courier mail service, lower concourse, next to the Post Office
8. Medical Services
The UNON Medical Clinic emergency and first aid assistance, including on-call (24-hour) ambulance services are available. On-site medical assistance is available during all meetings, conferences and events. The UNON clinic also offers general medical assistance, vaccinations and a broad range of medical services.
All participants are required to have medical insurance coverage in the case that further medical attention and hospitalization is required.
Location: Block F, room 117
Tel: +254 (20) 762 2267
Emergency line: +254 (20) 7625999
Open Monday – Thursday: 10:00 to 12:30hrs and 14:00 to 16:00hrs
Friday: 08:30 to 13:30hrs and during meeting hours.
No service is available on weekends. For assistance over the weekends please dial the 24-hour UNON control room: +254 (20) 762 6666.
9. Travel Agencies
For participants interested in arranging a sightseeing tour or safaris during their visit to Kenya, the following agents are available to provide assistance:
1. Accommodation in Nairobi
Participants are kindly requested to make their own hotel reservation. If you intend to stay in a hotel, you are advised to choose accommodation from the recommended list of hotels.
2. Shuttle and Taxi Services
Many hotels provide courtesy shuttle services to/from airport and in some cases from the hotel to the UN compound. Visitors should pre-advise their hotel of their transportation needs. In the absence of a courtesy bus, visitors may use reputable taxi companies. Recommended taxi companies are listed below: