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

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. 

Update from 11th March 2022

Passengers arriving in Kenya

All travelers arriving into Kenya through any point of entry must have a certificate of COVID19 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

All eligible unvaccinated travelers arriving at any port of entry into Kenya, must be in possession of a valid COVID-19 negative PCR test certificate conducted within 72 hours before departure regardless of the route of entry. Children below the age of five (5) years are exempt from this requirement. There will be no paper verification of COVID-19 test results and vaccination certificates upon arrival into Kenya. Travelers must upload both documents into global haven before boarding via www.globalhaven.org

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 test positive on antigen RDT will be subjected to PCR test at their own further cost of 50 USD and self-isolate. Travelers below the age of five (5) years are exempt from this testing requirement.

All travelers will be expected to fill the passenger locator form by downloading “Jitenge MoH Kenya” App (only for android phones) and signing up as Air Traveler or via bit.ly/covid19moh.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.

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 (www.globalhaven.org ).

The situation in Kenya

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

Temperature screening in public spaces is not mandatory.

All passenger service vehicles, train and domestic air flying services may resume at full capacity.

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