Updated October 09, 2021
Requirements for travel to Kenya
As Of January 11, 2021, Kenya Requires Digitally Verified COVID-19 Test To Enter Or Depart Kenya.
Arriving travellers: The government of Kenya also announced that, starting on January 11, 2021, this new TT electronic verification system will also apply to the negative COVID-19 certificates that are already required for travellers who are entering Kenya
Travelers with additional questions about these new requirements should contact the Kenyan Ministry of Health (in Kenya) or the nearest Kenya Embassy (if outside Kenya).
- All passengers arriving must have negative PCR based COVID – 19 test carried out within 96 hours before travel and are from countries considered low to medium risk COVID – 19 transmission areas shall be exempt from quarantine. Download the latest list of countries exempted from Kenya’s travel quarantine or visit the Kenya Airports Authority website for the latest information and updates.
- Please note that it is now a mandatory requirement for all passengers arriving in Kenya to fill in The COVID-19 Travelers Health Surveillance Form. The forms must be filed online via https://ears.health.go.ke/airline_registration/ Passengers will be required to display the received QR codes to port health officials for them to be allowed to proceed to arrival immigration.
- All travellers will be screened on arrival; anyone displaying symptoms of COVID-19 will be required to quarantine in the place they are staying for the first 14 days of their stay and observe Government of Kenya protocols as directed. Passengers travelling in the 2 rows surrounding the person displaying symptoms will be traced and required to quarantine for 14 days.
The Government of Kenya has confirmed that all persons departing Kenya must be in compliance with the COVID-19 testing and entry requirements for their destination and transit countries. Travelers should check the entry requirements for their destination and transit countries before traveling.
Travellers who intend to depart Kenya must first visit an authorized laboratory (according to the government of Kenya, all PCR COVID-19 testing laboratories are now part of the TT system), obtain a PCR COVID-19 test with a negative result, and be issued a TT code that is verified by airlines and immigration authorities. The traveller will receive a text message (SMS) from PanaBios as well as an email from the testing laboratory and/or from firstname.lastname@example.org with a link to guide the traveller on how to generate a Travel Code at trustedtravel.panabios.org. If the test results meet Kenya’s exit requirements, a Travel Code is issued to the traveller online.
All COVID-19 testing laboratories, starting on Saturday, January 9, 2021, must use the TT process when issuing COVID-19 testing certificates. You can see the updated list of COVID-19 PCR Testing labs approved by the Kenya Airports Authority HERE
Coronavirus Covid-19 restrictions in Kenya
There are a number of COVID-19 safety measures in place throughout Kenya:
- Nationwide night-time curfew between 10 p.m. and 4 a.m. local time in place
- Face masks must be worn in public places
- Maintaining 1.5-metres of distance from one another
- Social distancing rules apply when using private vehicles – anyone driving a car must fill only 50% of the vehicle’s seat capacity.