Here at the Nasio Trust we are keeping a close eye on the government’s travel advice regards coronavirus (COVID-19):

As of 10th March 2020 neither Kenya or Tanzania are on the list of countries for which the UK Government has given specific advice but of course this changes almost daily. We recommend anyone planning to travel to Kenya to visit our projects, or to Tanzania to climb Kilimanjaro, also keeps up to date with the Government’s guidelines.

The website references this link to the Association of British Insurers (ABI) for specific Q&As around insurance impacts which may be useful.

Reading recommendations in the media it seems wise to ensure you have your travel insurance in place at the same time as your flight bookings are made. Here is one article which advises to get your insurance as soon as you book your flights to make sure you’re covered in an ever-changing environment.

If you end up having to reschedule your trip to Kenya, which we hope won’t be the case but obviously we understand may be, we at Nasio will work with you to reschedule your visit regards your accommodation, food and local airport pick-ups as required but you will of course be responsible for handling changes for your flights.

Please do contact us if you have any questions or if we can be of any further help.

To the Nasio Trust, there is nothing more important than the safety and security of staff volunteers and event participants in our care. As such we would like to reassure you that your planned visit to Kenya remains safe and secure.

The FCO travel advisory is advice only and The Nasio Trust complies with that advice.

The FCO warns and makes mention of the Kenya/Somalia border, as well as warnings about certain named areas of Mombasa & Nairobi, as a charity we operate in rural, low key areas which are hundreds of miles away from places identified by the FCO advice.

We do not take volunteers into areas identified by the FCO as being at risk.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advise against all but essential travel to

  • Areas within 60km of the Kenya-Somali border.
    We are hundreds of miles from here, in fact about the same distances as London to the Alps!
  • The Eastleigh area of Nairobi
    We do not go anywhere near it, we travel from the airport to the hotel on a major highway.
  • Low income areas of Nairobi, including all township or slum areas.
    As a matter of policy we go nowhere near the slum areas or even the city centre. The hotel we use is in the area of Nairobi well known as the richer side of town popular with expatriates. There have been no reported security threats in this area. See hotel details on risk assessment.
  • Mombasa island and within 5km of the coast from Mtwapa creek in the north down to and including Tiwi in the south (this area does not include Diani or Moi international airport)
    We go nowhere near Mombasa and we don’t fly into that airport.

We also have the advantage of long experience operating in Kenya. We run our own projects on the ground, with our own staff, who know what is happening at grass root level. We have strong, trusted links and networks providing us with comprehensive support for the security for our staff and volunteers.

We would never put volunteers into a situation, or take them to an area or location, which is deemed risky. We undertake full risk assessments, provide security when necessary and take our responsibility for your safety very seriously.

We have been travelling to Kenya for many years and bring to bear a wealth of experience of the region. Our guides and staff are all trained to the highest standards to assure your welfare during your trip.

Some relevant points about our attitude towards the safety in Kenya

  • There has been no reduction in scheduled flights into Kenya for tourism and safaris.
  • More than 1 million people visit Kenya each year without incident.
  • Independent tour companies are still actively recommending travel to this stunning and beguiling country.
  • The biggest area covered by the FCO travel advisory is the east boarder with Somalia which is a desert with very few villages and no tourists.

Should you have any concerns regarding any aspect of your trip, please don’t hesitate to contact us on 01235 856290 or click here & contact us now.