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Once called Embakasi Airport, then Nairobi International Airport, Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, named after Kenya’s first president and prime minister, is Nairobi’s main international airport and the busiest airport in both Kenya and East Africa as a whole. Located 12 kilometers (7 miles) from Nairobi, a 15- to 25-minute Uber trip depending on the traffic, Jomo Kenyatta Airport is the number one gateway for travel in and out of Kenya, its capital, and East Africa.

JKIA terminals

Nairobi Airport currently operates 2 terminals with an airport shuttle running between them.

Nairobi Airport Terminal 1

The circular Terminal 1 is divided into different departure and arrival zones for a variety of international and domestic airlines. Zones 1E and 1A are for international arrivals, with 1A also hosting a number of domestic airlines and Chinese airlines, Zone 1B is primarily for European airlines, 1C has a variety of airlines operating across the African continent and the Middle East, while 1D serves domestic flights.

JKIA Terminal 2

Terminal 2 in Nairobi Airport is a single-segment building mostly used by low-cost airline carriers for several domestic and inter-African airlines.

Hotels near Nairobi Airport

If you’ve got a long layover, there are plenty of hotel options around Jomo Kenyatta Airport that will save you from a night of trying to get some rest in the terminals. With Nairobi only a short Uber trip away, however, many accommodations and hotels near Jomo Kenyatta Airport within the city are also accessible.

NBO services

Many services and facilities available at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport can help your trip go more smoothly. Whether you’re on the way out or in, you can find shower facilities for a quick preflight or post-flight refresh, as well as smoking rooms on-site. Ask an attendant at the airport for further details.

Nairobi Airport lounge areas

Regardless of what part of the airport you’re flying from or airline you’re flying on, you can find a variety of premium and pay-to-stay airport lounges around Nairobi Airport to rest up, relax, or just spend some time before your flight.

Shopping malls in Nairobi

If you’re in the city for a visit or just waiting around on a layover, take some time to stop by one of the city’s famous malls. You can make a day trip to any of the malls and outlets on the way from Nairobi Airport to the city center, as well as those in the city center itself. Stop for lunch, pick up some souvenirs, and be back in time for your flight.

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Jomo Kenyatta International Airport is the biggest international airport in Nairobi, Kenya. It is located in Embakasi about 15km from the CBD. It has 2 terminals so ensure you are sure of the terminal for departure or arrival to avoid any delays as you try to find yours. For the departure section, only the traveller is let through so you have to say goodbye to your company just outside and off you go. There’s always a security agent that will confirm your flight for you, just to confirm that you’re at the right terminal and check your passport. The terminals are quite large, spacious and well organised. You will then check in, pass via immigration and proceed to the lobby which is really huge, accommodating a large number of travellers. I usually love to check out the many duty-free shops with beautiful souvenirs from Kenya so make sure to check them and carry one with you, if you still have time before your flight. There are quite a number of restaurants where you can have breakfast, lunch or dinner if you need to before your flight. The JKIA staff are really friendly and polite. Ensure to ask questions or for directions from them. You will be assisted with no hesitation. For the arrival section, there are buses/ shuttles that will collect you from the plane and take you to the arrivals area where you will have to pass through the health centre then proceed to immigration and finally leave using their airport taxis or and online cab of your choice. While traveling during the pandemic, ensure to fill in the health form online via a link provided on the JKIA website because the code sent to you is what is used to prove that you have had a negative COVID-19 test which should not be older than 96hrs before travelling. Travellers applying for a visa should also do it online and pay visa fees online as cash is no longer received during the pandemic.

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