Travelling to and in Kenya during Covid-19 – Step by Step

Kenya has been fortunate to have experienced a much lower level of serious cases and fatalities as compared to most other countries in the world to date. This is attributed to the fact that Kenya has a relatively young population and to the effectiveness of a number of containment measures that have been enforced over the months. 

Update from 11th March 2022

Passengers arriving in Kenya

All travelers arriving into Kenya through any point of entry must have a certificate of COVID-19 vaccination.The following categories of travelers are exempt from the requirement:

  Travelers with medical conditions precluding vaccination
  Travelers who have recovered from an active COVID-19 infection or received convalescent plasma in the preceding 90 days
  Returning unvaccinated Kenyans who have difficulty accessing vaccines in their current country of residence

Please note further details on documents that needs to be provided for any of the above here:
https://kcaa.or.ke/sites/default/files/covid-19/documents/COVID-19_TRAVEL_REQUIREMENTS_13.3.2022.pdf

Travelers who are fully vaccinated shall be exempted from the requirement of a PCR test.

All eligible unvaccinated travelers arriving at any port of entry into Kenya must have a negative COVID-19 PCR test resulted conducted not more than 72 hours before departure, regardless of the route of entry. Those below the age of five (5) years are exempted from this testing requirement.

Unvaccinated travelers arriving at any point of entry shall be subjected to rapid antigen test at their own cost of  30 USD. Any person who testspositive on antigen RDT will be subjected to entry PCR test at their own further cost of 50 USD and self-isolate. Travelers below the age of five (5) years are exempted from this testing requirement.

All travelers arriving at any port of entry into Kenyan will be required to fill the passenger locater form on the ‘Jitenge’ platform https://ears.health.go.ke/local_airline_registration/After submitting the form you will receive a QR code via email which has to be shown to port health officials in order to proceed to arrival immigration.

You need to obtain a valid visa online under http://evisa.go.ke/evisa.htmlThe processing time for an e-visa is two business days. 

Passengers departing from Kenya

Persons travelling out of the Country will be required to abide by the particular travel, health and COVID-19 related requirements of the destination country, any transit countries and your airline.

All travelers to countries requiring antigen testing hours before undertake pre travel rapid antigen test at the MOH Port Health facility at the airport and the results uploaded to the Trusted Travel platform (https://globalhaven.org/).

The situation in Kenya

The mandatory wearing of face masks in open public spaces has been lifted, however you are encouraged to wear face masks while at indoor functions and using public transport.

In-country transport has resumed to full capacity. Operators of Public Service Vehicles, trains and flight operators are required to be fully vaccinated; passengers must wear face masks throughout the travel.

Temperature screening at public spaces has been stopped with emphasis on washing and sanitizing of hands.

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