COVID-19 TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS AND RECCOMMENDATIONS IN KENYA
Covid-19 Travel Restrictions And Recommendations in Kenya : Due to the rising risk of the COVID-19 transmission, Kenya issued requirements to international travelers visiting Kenya, these travel restrictions and recommendations in Kenya were effective from 31stDecember 2020 and they are still operating up today.
COVID‑19 PCR testing in Kenya
All travelers entering Kenya are required to present a negative COVID-19 test certificate issued in a minimum of 96 hours before departure from your home country, the certificate has be approved by your residence government.
All Travelers are advised to first verify their COVID‑19 RT PCR test before entering Kenya to avoid any delays, passengers from countries have Trusted Travelers (TT) have to receive a code that will be used to generate a TT certificate.
In case you are coming from a country that does not have Trusted Traveller, you must upload your certificate to Global Haven, a system that allows you to directly upload your test certificate in order to generate a Travel Code (TC).
Exemptions in Kenya
Travelers excepted from the COVID-19 PCR test a major requirement to travel in Kenya are individuals below the age of 5 years old.
Required forms in Kenya
Upon arrival, travelers entering in Kenya must present a completed Kenya Travelers Health Surveillance form online and a corresponding QR code to Port Health authorities.
As long as travelers, have negative COVID-19 PCR test you will have no quarantine upon arrival. Quarantine in Kenya is mandatory for travelers from countries like Brunei, Thailand and Kuwait, these travelers are expected to provide evidence for their booking for quarantine locations 24 hours before boarding to Kenya. The list of quarantine facilities in Kenya can be requested from firstname.lastname@example.org
Travelers excepted from quarantine in Kenya are individuals with the following
- body temperature not above 37.5 °C (99.5 °F)
- do not have persistent cough
- Have not no difficulty in breathing or any other flue-lie symptoms
- Have negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 96 hours of travel
- Travelers must be from countries considered low to medium risk COVID-19 transmission
Kenya has a national curfew from 10pm to 4 am Kenya time, however passengers are allowed to move to and from the airport during the curfew time as long as they are able to demonstrate and proof that they are arriving or departing from Kenya.
Travel from Kenya
COVID‑19 PCR testing
For travelers DEPARTING Kenya, you are required to present a negative COVID-19 test certificate for their transit point or destination must have a Trusted Travel (TT) code with their COVID-19 test results. Before departing, travelers must take a COVID-19 PCR test at approved laboratories and medical centers that are approved to issue COVID-19 certificates without TT codes. After testing, travelers will receive a SMS or Email of their results with a link showing instructions on how to generate the TT code and TT certificate.
Travel Recommendations for Fully Vaccinated Travelers
If you are a fully vaccinated traveler with FDA authorized vaccine or any vaccine authorized by emergency use by the World Health Organization, here are what to do as you travel to Kenya
You have to get tested before leaving you country and you have to present your COVID -19 results (the results have to be taken 96 hours prior to your visit).
In case your results are negative you will need no quarantine
Make sure you understand and follow the requirements related to travel by your airline, testing, wear a mask and others, if you do not follow recommendations you might be denied return to your home country.
During the process of traveling to Kenya, you are required to do the following
Wearing a mask is mandatory, wear your make properly over your nose and mouth. This is required on planes, buses, trains and other forms of transport and transport hubs such as airport and stations while traveling from your home country to Kenya. Travelers are not required to wear a mask in outdoor areas of conveyance such as on open deck areas of a ferry or the uncovered top deck of a bus.
Follow all the recommendation and requirements in Kenya out you land such as wearing a mask and observe social distancing.
Before traveling back home
Most of the countries requires all travelers (citizens and non-citizens) to be fully vaccinated or to have tested negative COVID-19 and has results not more than 3 days before traveling to back or any documentation of recovery from COVID-19 in the past 3 months before boarding flights back home.
After traveling to Kenya, you should do the following when you get home
- Get tested with a viral test 3-5 days after travel
- Self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms, isolate yourself and get tested if you develop symptoms
- Follow all the state and local recommendations and requirements of your home country.
Note: do not travel if you were exposed to COVID-19, previously sick, tested positive for COVID-19 or waiting for your COVID-19 test results. Practice the SOPs and do not travel with someone who is sick.
TRAVEL RECOMMENDATIONS FOR UNVACCINATED TRAVELERS
For unvaccinated travelers, travelling to Kenya safari or other intentions, they must take the following steps
Before traveling to Kenya as an unvaccinated traveler, you must
- Get tested with a viral test 1-3 days before your trip to Kenya
- Wearing a mask is a mandatory, you must wear a mask over your nose and mouth on plains, buses and other means of transportations and transport hubs such as airport, bush and train stations. While on your way to Kenya. Travelers are not required to wear a mask in the outdoor areas of a conveyance such as on open deck, areas of a ferry or uncovered top deck of a bush.
According to CDC recommendations, travelers who are not fully vaccinated are advised to continue wearing a mask and main a physical distance while traveling.
- Avoid crowds and stay at least 6 feet or 2 meters (about 2 arms length) from each and every individual who did not travel with you, it is also important to do the same while indoors and outdoors
- Always wash hands or often use a hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol)
After you travel
After traveling to Kenya, you are recommended to the do the following
- Get tested with a viral test 3-5 days after your travel
- Stay home and self-quarantine for about 7 full days after travel
- Isolate yourself so as to protect others from getting infested, if you test positive
- In case you do not get tested, stay home and self quarantine for 10 days after travel
- Avoid being around people who are at an increased risk of severe illnesses for 14 days, do this weather you get tested or not
- Self-monitor for symptoms of COVID-19, isolate and get tested immediately if you develop symptoms
- Follow all your recommendations and requirements of your state
Note: do not travel to Kenya if you are exposed to COVID-19, sick, tested positive for COVID-19 or waiting for results of COVID-19. Also do not travel with someone who is sick.