Travelling during Covid-19
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.
Flying during Covid times
On arrival at your airport passengers will be expected to wear a facemask, apart from when you have something to eat or drink. There is hand sanitizer everywhere and every member of staff from the cleaners to the check desk’s, will be wearing masks and gloves.
Once on board the plane, you will continue to keep your mask on, only removing this when food and/or drinks are served. The airline stewards will also be wearing facemasks throughout the flight and hand sanitizers are readily available.
Arrival & departure procedures
All international airline passengers flying into Kenya 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 evidence of a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 96 hours prior to arrival. 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.
You need to obtain a valid visa either online under http://evisa.go.ke/evisa.html or on arrival. From 1 January 2021, Kenyan entry visas will only be issued electronically; you’ll have to get your e-visa before you arrive. The processing time for an e-visa is two business days.
Once you land into Nairobi JKIA, you remain seated until your row is called to leave the plane. Once off the plane, masks still on, you will be required to socially distance through immigration and customs.
If you’re traveling out of Kenya, you’ll be required to abide by the health requirements of the destination country and any transit countries. If you need to get a COVID-19 test before departure from Kenya we can help facilitate this for you. Nairobi and Mombasa have fast and reliable testing facilities.
The situation in Kenya
Kenya receives much less guests in the last few months – this gives travellers the opportunity to experience the real bush feeling without the usual amount of other tourists in the camps and lodges or on game drives.
The fewer visitors had a positive impact on the wildlife in the National Parks and reserves – see also:
Visitors pay often reduced rates in camps and lodges and also in the KWS Park fees are reduced by 50%.
A nationwide curfew is in place from 10pm-4am, travel during curfew hours for flight departures/arrivals is permitted with proof of flight.
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 beeing 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)