Kenya (Travel Restrictions, COVID Tests & Quarantine Requirements)

This page was last updated on 07 May, 2021.

 

At a Glance

Travel Restrictions

Tourist Entry: Partially Allowed
Testing: Negative COVID-19 test result required for all countries.
Quarantine Required: Depends
Quarantine Details: Anyone entering Kenya will be screened for COVID-19 and might be required to quarantine, based on the results.

Local Restrictions

Lockdown in Effect: Partial
Events: Partially Allowed
Transport: Operational with restrictions
Shopping: Open
Restaurants and Bars: Open with restrictions
 

Detailed Travel Advisory

Published 03.05.2021
1. Flights from the United Kingdom to Kenya are suspended.
2. Until 15 May 2021, flights from India to Kenya are suspended.
3. Until 15 May 2021, passengers arriving from India or who in the past 14 days have been in or transited through India are not allowed to enter.
4. Passengers entering or transiting through Kenya must have a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken at most 96 hours before arrival. The test result must be in English.
5. Passengers must complete the “Travelers Health Surveillance Form” online at https://ears.health.go.ke/airline_registration/ .
6. Passengers could be subject to quarantine. A list of quarantine exemptions can be found at https://www.kcaa.or.ke/quarantine-exempted-states.
7. Passengers are subject to medical screening.

 

Detailed Tourist Information

From midnight on 9 April all passenger flights, whether commercial or charter, between Kenya and the UK will be suspended. The suspension will be reviewed by the Government of Kenya within 4 weeks.

All passengers coming to Kenya from the UK require a valid COVID-19 vaccination certificate and a COVID-19 negative PCR test and must self-isolate on arrival for 7 days. All UK citizens and residents travelling to Kenya from the UK via any route who have a valid COVID-19 PCR test, but do not have a valid COVID-19 vaccination certificate, will be subject to 14 days mandatory quarantine on arrival at a Government of Kenya facility at their own cost. All travellers under the age of 18 will only require a certificate of COVID-19 negative PCR test to enter Kenya.

-Testing and quarantine requirements

All travellers coming to Kenya from the UK require a valid COVID-19 vaccination certificate and a COVID-19 negative PCR test and must self-isolate on arrival for 7 days.

All UK citizens and residents travelling to Kenya from the UK via any route who have a valid COVID-19 PCR test, but do not have a valid COVID-19 vaccination certificate, will be subject to 14 days mandatory quarantine on arrival at a Government of Kenya facility at their own cost.

All travellers under the age of 18 will only require a certificate of COVID-19 negative PCR test to enter Kenya.

All negative COVID-19 test result must prove that they have been taken within 96 hours of flying and be verified digitally through the Trusted Travel Initiative. For persons travelling to Kenya from countries not yet party to the Trusted Travel Initiative, the following Ministry of Health guidance is available. The UK Government is aware that some users of the Trusted Travel Initiative website have faced challenges when seeking to certify PCR COVID-19 test results obtained in the UK. The UK Government expects the Trusted Travel code requirement to be enforced flexibly while the new system beds in. In instances where travellers have been unable to verify their test online through the Trusted Travel Initiative website, Kenyan Port of Health Authorities will conduct manual verification using a hard copy of a negative PCR test result that has been stamped by the test centre as well as a hard copy of the official receipt for the payment of the PCR test.

The negative COVID-19 test must be a negative PCR test result. Travellers with a negative rapid test result will still need to enter mandatory or voluntary quarantine for 14 days, depending on the Kenyan authorities’ assessment on the traveller’s ability to quarantine.
Kenyan citizens will only be required to present a negative PCR test on arrival.

All travellers will be screened on arrival; anyone displaying symptoms of COVID-19 will be required to quarantine in the place they are staying for the first 14 days of their stay and observe Government of Kenya protocols as directed. Passengers travelling in the 2 rows surrounding the person displaying symptoms will be traced and required to quarantine for 14 days.

Further details are in the Government of Kenya Protocols which can be found on the Kenya Civil Aviation Authority website.
 

Lockdown Details

The Government of Kenya has directed that face masks must be worn in public places, except when dining, or when adhering to social distancing in hotels, gardens or on beaches.

Public places, tourism and hospitality establishments, travel and tour companies, hotels and other accommodations, and recreation facilities are allowed to operate, provided they comply with Government of Kenya public health protocols, including 1.5 metre social distancing and the night-time curfew.

On 26 March 2021, the Government of Kenya confirmed that bars in the counties of Nairobi, Machakos, Kajiado, Kiambu and Nakuru are closed and that eateries and restaurants in the same counties will provide takeaways services only and will not serve alcohol. Bars, restaurants and eateries in all other counties would continue to close at 9pm (local time), but will be permitted to sell alcohol.

The suspension of large gatherings, in person meetings of any nature, congregational worship, conferences and political events have been suspended in the counties of Nairobi, Machakos, Kajiado, Kiambu and Nakuru until further notice.

In other counties the maximum number of persons permitted to attend meetings or events has been capped at 15, permitted to attend funerals has been capped at 50, weddings capped at 30, with all in attendance expected to abide by Ministry of Health protocols..

Kenyan citizens have been advised to avoid crowded places and to work remotely where possible
 

Sources

https://www.worldnomads.com/travel-safety/africa/kenya/travel-alerts
Data Source: covidcontrols.co