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Advanced Studies Institute on Water Quality and Harmful Algal blooms in lake victoria, Kenya

Program Guidelines

Document needs for U.S. participants

This program will take place in Kenya.

Participants will need to obtain a visa for Kenya (and any other country they are planning to travel to (see "other travel")).

To obtain a visa, you will need to follow the steps below:

1) [The program will provide a letter to get a [work/student/visit] visa]

2) http://evisa.go.ke/about-evisa.html 

     2a) If you do not plan on traveling beyond this program, obtain a single-entry visa

     2b) If you plan to travel to other African countries, and return to Kenya, you will need to obtain a multi-entry visa

1) Vaccines required to enter Kenya

  • Yellow Fever (You will not be able to enter Kenya (or East Africa) without Yellow Fever inoculation).

2) Vaccines you should have or have updated when traveling abroad


  • Hepatitis A

  • Hepatitis B

  • Typhoid

  • Cholera

  • Rabies

  • Measles Mumps Rubella (MMR)

  • TDAP (Tetanus, Diphtheria & Pertussis)

  • Chickenpox

  • Influenza

  • Polio

3) Malarial prophylaxes (antimalarials)

  • Taking oral malaria prophylaxes is required for participants of the program. 

  • Note that daily (as opposed to weekly) malaria prophylaxes are recommended

Vaccine and Medical

Please check with your health care provider and/or an international travel clinic to determine all health aspects of traveling to East Africa.

Travel Considerations

Program Travel

The participants of the 2022 program will travel as a group with the following itinerary:

January x:

  • Participants will travel and meet at the Detroit Metropolitan Airport (DTW) by 0:00pm

  • Participants will board Flight xxx for Amsterdam (AMS) for departure of 0:00pm


January x+1: 

  • Flight xxx arrives AMS 0:00am. Participants go through security at AMS and find where Flight xxx and head to appropriate terminal and gate. AMS is a very large airport, layover time is x hrs. Opportunities to explore the airport will be available. 

  • Flight xxx departs AMS 0:00am

  • Flight xxx arrives Nairobi (NBO) at 0:00pm

  • Transport to lodging [name/location]

January x+2:

  • Travel via [air/bus] to Kisumu, Kenya

  • Lodging

January x+3-22:

  • [General program details]

January x+23:

Post-Program Travel

All travel beyond the programs outlined travel is strictly at the behest of the participant. No coverage, advice, or responsiblity from the program will pertain to the participants beyond the program.

There are many opportunities to explore one of the greatest regions on earth, including nearby Uganda and Tanzania, the shores and islands of Lake Victoria, the Serengeti, Murchison Falls, Maasai Mara, Queen Elizabeth, Ngorongoro, Zanzibar, and hundreds more. Traveling to any of these countries or places will require more resources (malaria prophylaxes) and visas (if traveling outside of Kenya). Each time you exit and enter Kenya (or the other countries) will require an additional visa or an initially obtained multi-entry visa.  

Cultural Expectations