Dear Speaker,

We look forward to hosting you at the inaugural Africa Health Business Symposium at Safari Park Hotel, Nairobi from 5th to 7th October, 2016.

 Below is a list of pertinent logistical guidelines for your convenience, for the symposium:

1. Travel/Visa


Tourist visas can be obtained on arrival at Nairobi’s Jomo Kenyatta international Airport.  The following nationals will require visas before arrival: Cameroon, Senegal, Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Iraq, Mali, North Korea, Somalia, Syria, Tajikistan, Lebanon, Palestine, Eritrea, Libya.

Visas cost US$50/€40/UK£30 and are valid for three months from the date of entry.

Visa Letters

For purposes of on-arrival visa applications, should you still require a visa letter from AHBS, please contact us at your earliest. If you have already received a visa letter from us, kindly confirm that your names and other information is correct and as reflected in your passport.

2.   Airport pickups

Upon arrival at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport you will find suitable taxis available for local transportation to your hotel. The official yellow taxis are the safest and most economical mode of transport. Should you require additional assistance, we will have an AHBS concierge desk at Terminal 1A.  

3.   General Information

Mobile Phones:

International call rates from Kenya are relatively expensive. Local SIM cards are widely available and can be used in most international mobile phones. Mobile coverage is extensive. At Safari Park Hotel, local SIM cards are available at the boutique shop by the reception.

Local Currency

It is advisable to carry Kenyan shillings while in Kenya for local transactions at restaurants and shops. Please note that credit cards are also widely accepted by vendors in Nairobi. It is safe to exchange money at the airport. For your convenience, Safari Park Hotel will also be able to provide currency exchange to Kenyan shillings (1 USD is approximately equal to a 100 Kenyan Shillings)

 4.   Venue of the symposium

All the events for the symposium will take place at Safari Park Hotel, Thika Road, Nairobi, Kenya

• Cocktail, 5th October, 2016: Kigwa Falls, Poolside, Safari Park Hotel (Dress code: Business casual attire)

• Symposium, 6th and 7th October, 2016: Jambo Hall, Safari Park Hotel (Dress code: Formal attire)

The conference facilities will be air-conditioned. Do bear this in mind when planning for your comfort.

5.   Registration hours and location

5th October – Registration opens from 12:00 PM (mid-day) at the general reception of the Safari Park Hotel

From 5:00 PM onwards the registration desk will be moved towards the poolside where the Welcome Cocktail will be held

6th October -  Registration opens from 7:00 AM onwards outside Jambo Hall

7th October – Registration opens from 8:00 AM onwards outside Jambo Hall

- Kindly wear your name badges at all official conference events

 6.   Important Note:

We request you to please be seated at Jambo Hall by 08:30 AM on October 6, 2016. The security protocol for the VIP dignitaries will secure all entry and exits in order to promptly start the ceremony at 8:45 AM

7. Speaker holding rooms

We request all speakers to avail themselves at designated VIP-Speaker holding room half an hour prior to their respective sessions. The location of the holding room will be announced to you at the event.

8. Presentations

We request for permission through a response email, to share your presentation material on our post-symposium report and website (PDF).

9.   South-South collaboration: Corridors for shared prosperity

If you are interested in attending the side event facilitated by Intellecap on Medical Tourism in Africa based on the findings from the Intellecap and IFC report South-South collaboration: Corridors for shared prosperity on October 6, 2016 from 1:30 PM to 2:30 PM at Ivory Room, Safari Park Hotel please register here. Only the first 25 registered participants will be guaranteed a seat. Lunch will be served. 

Click here for the conference program for your reference. The symposium website is


Be sure to follow us on twitter @ahbs2016 for live updates

Please reach out to the below should you require any assistance in regards to:

Logistical matters (accommodation/travel):

Mrs. Puja Tank, Logistics Coordinator on +254721533730 or


Programmatic/Speaker role matters:

Dr. Maira Bholla, Partnerships & Facilitations Manager on +254704838155 or


Yours Sincerely,

Dr. Amit N. Thakker

Chairman, Africa Health Business