Travelling in and to Kenya during Covid-19 –
A step by step guide & experiences

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 which have been enforced over the months. Kenya has been awarded the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) ‘Safe Travel Stamp’ in recognition of the standardised global health and hygiene protocols that the government and private sectors have put in place. 

Passengers arriving in Kenya

You need evidence of a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours prior to departure. Children below 5 years are excempted. Additionally you need a proof of full vaccination (children below 18 years are excempted). If your country is amongst the from quarantine excepted countries – the latest version of the list can always be found here: https://kcaa.or.ke/quarantine-exempted-states – you can enter the country without any further restrictions or quarantine.

All international airline passengers flying into Kenya should register with Africa CDC/Trusted Travel under https://trustedtravel.panabios.org/trusted-testing/signup/ . Here you can upload your PCR Test result and also check the latest entry requirements of different countries.

Additionally you must fill a health surveillance form online after check-in and prior to arrival: https://ears.health.go.ke/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.html. The processing time for an e-visa is two business days.

Passengers departing from Kenya

If you’re traveling out of Kenya, you’ll be required to abide the health requirements of the destination country, any transit countries and your airline. In case any of them require a negative COVID-19 test before your departure from Kenya we can help facilitate this for you. Passengers are advised to visit authorized laboratories – a list of approved testing laboratories can be found here: https://kcaa.or.ke/approved-pcr-testing-labs.

Passengers will receive additional information from the testing laboratory to guide them to generate a travel code at trustedtravel.panabios.org to verify the certificate. The code will be entered online at https://trustedtravel.panabios.org/trusted-testing/signup/ where upon successful validation against destination country requirements passengers will be issued with a secondary travel stamp (TC code) by the system.

The situation in Kenya

You must wear a face mask when in public areas such as malls, supermarkets, restaurants, bars and public areas of hotels. On entry temperature screening is being done. Restaurants, Bars and Hotels have only been allowed to re-open and operate after being checked and certified with new Covid-19 safety standards in line with the World Health Organization and Kenya Ministry of Health requirements (ie temperature screening of guests on arrival, regular health checks of staff – including tour drivers and guides, social distancing, deep cleaning of camp / vehicles and more)

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