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The ultimate guide for Kilimanjaro International Airport

Make the most of your international travels with our comprehensive Kilimanjaro Airport Guide. From navigating the airport to experiencing the beauty of Tanzania, we have you covered for a seamless arrival and stay. Discover all you need to know to ensure a stress-free journey.
We want your arrival through Kilimanjaro International Airport to be easy. So here is your guide to navigating the airport and making the most of your time in our beautiful country.
1. Arriving at the Kilimanjaro International (JRO) airport:-
First off, relax… although it is an international airport, JRO or Kia as the locals call it, is not a big airport. When you arrive at Kia Airport, you’ll disembark from your flight and proceed to the immigration area through a heath screening which checks for temperature only. Make sure you have all of your documents ready because lines can be long and the arrivals section is not fully air conditioned. Here you will need your passport and visa, or documentation needed to obtain the visa ready to present to the immigration officers. Once you’ve been cleared, you can collect your luggage and proceed to the customs screening area and then further to the airport building exit.

Kilimanjaro Airport Arrivals

2. Ground transportation:-

There are several options for ground transportation from the Kilimanjaro International airport to your final destination. Taxis are available outside the terminal, and you can negotiate the fare with the drivers. It’s a good idea to ensure they understand your destination and agree on the price before you get into the taxi. You can also arrange for a transfer through your hotel or travel agent. ** If you are staying at Airport Planet Lodge, your transfer from and to the Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) is always FREE!**
Guests staying at Airport Planet Lodge:Transfers to the Lodge are FREE! Upon getting your ticket, email us here the arrival date,  flight #,  estimated arrival time and # of people travelling together. These details ensure we book space for you and your luggage on the complementary shared shuttle for the respective flights. 
As you step out of the airport terminal, you’ll be warmly greeted by one of our attentive staff, welcoming you to Tanzania! Our team members carry a friendly Planet Lodges sign and wear Planet Lodges uniforms for quick recognition. No need to call the Lodge or driver – they have with a guest list and ensure that everyone is accounted for before departing.

In case of delays, lost luggage or lengthy arrival procedures, hakuna matata! Take the time to complete necessary paperwork or wait for all your luggage. Our complimentary shuttle patiently awaits the entire group’s arrival. For guests with minimal baggage or those arriving diplomatically, kindly inform us beforehand. You may wish to consider a transfer upgrade to a private transfer for an faster service, eliminating wait times for fellow travelers.

If your arrival involves the VIP lounge or private/charter planes, please inform us in advance. This enables us to make arrangements to greet you at the VIP lounge or adequately anticipate your specific requirements.


3. Accommodations:-
There are several hotels near Kilimanjaro Airport, as well as in the nearby towns of Arusha and Moshi. If you haven’t already made arrangements, you can check with the airport information desk for recommendations and assistance with booking a room.  Here is our shameless plug, Airport Planet Lodge is located 10 minutes from JRO  and we are always happy to answer the phone or take your booking last minute here.
Airport Planet Lodge at night

Airport Planet Lodge at night

4. Currency exchange:-

If you need to exchange currency, there are several banks and exchange bureaus located within the airport terminal just after you clear customs. It’s a good idea to exchange a small amount of money at the airport to cover immediate expenses like transportation and food. However, most properties will accept payment in US $, or Euros in addition to the local currency i.e. Tanzanian Shillings.
5. Food and drink:-
There are several restaurants and cafes located in the airport terminal, serving a variety of local and international cuisine. You can also find shops selling snacks and beverages along the way. Nearby Lodges offer fresh hot meals and fine dining options for the entire group or family if you have the time to sit and dine. We at Airport Planet Lodge offer restaurant services from 6:30 am to 10:00 pm without reservations. Our menus change everyday and we always include popular local, burger, sandwich and pizza options every day!
6. Shopping:-
There are several souvenir shops and stores selling local crafts, Tanzanite, and artisan goods within the airport terminal. Unfortunately most are within the departures terminal because those guests have more time to browse and shop and presents a great last minute opportunity to pick up some unique gifts for friends and family back home.
7. Wi-Fi access:-
Kilimanjaro Airport offers free Wi-Fi for passengers, so upon entering the terminal, find the free internet service to notify friends and family that you arrived safely. Likewise it is a great opportunity to stay connected while you wait for your flight on departure too.
8. Departing from the airport:-
When it’s time to depart, make sure you arrive at the airport with plenty of time to spare. Check-in counters typically open two hours before departure, and it’s recommended that you arrive at least three hours before your flight. After clearing the first security counter, you go to the check in window t drop off luggage and pick up boarding passes. Then you go through immigration and get your passport stamped before heading to the second security scanning point. After the second scan, now you can relax in the departure lounge and enjoy some last minute shopping, Wifi or a quick meal before your flight.
We hope you enjoy your time in Tanzania, and have a safe and pleasant journey through the Kilimanjaro International Airport!


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