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October 21, 2021

Traveling to Kenya within the Covid-19 Environment

Arrival to Kenya

Travelers 5 years and older arriving in Kenya must carry a negative PCR test taken no more than 96 hours before departure from their destination of origin irrespective of whether Kenya is just a layover and do not intend to leave the airport.

The PCR test before departure must be certified by the African Union's Trusted Travel System by uploading the results on the African Centre for Disease Control website

Additionally, travelers will not be admitted with temperatures over 37.5 degrees Celsius, and the traveler shouldn't show persistent coughing, respiratory problems or other flu-like symptoms.

The Travelers Health Surveillance form on the Kenya Civil Aviation Authority website must also be filled by all travelers coming to Kenya. A QR code is then generated once this form is submitted which is scanned by a customs employee on arrival. Lastly, travelers are required to download an app (Jitenge MoH) that the Kenyan Government uses to request updates from travelers staying in Kenya. The app can be downloaded prior arrival as it can also facilitate filling in the form

Travelers should note that wearing your mask when outdoors is mandatory in Kenya and there is an ongoing curfew between 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. everyday.

Quarantine Scenarios

Travelers from certain countries will spend 14 days in a quarantine facility/hotel etc. approved by the Government of Kenya.

Travelers from low risk countries as ascertained by the Kenyan government including Germany, France, Belgium and Netherlands (at the time of writing this blog), will only require a negative PCR test and not show symptoms of coronavirus.

Travelers from UK must spend 7 days in self isolation and must present, 96 hours after arrival, a new PCR test, alongside daily health updates, including the PCR test results on the Jitenge App.

Residents from countries the Kenyan government determines as high risk, currently Brunei, Thailand, Kuwait and Qatar, must book accommodation 24 hours prior departure from said countries. Those transferring in Doha are exempt from quarantine. Travelers who've been in India 2 weeks prior to arrival in Kenya will not be granted access into the country.

The Kenyan Civil Aviation Authority provides risk assessment of countries on the daily and as such, quarantine requirements are subject to change. Lastly, travelers seated 2 rows in front or behind a person with symptoms, on a plane, must undergo 14 days quarantine in Kenya.