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COVID-19 Information
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October 8, 2021

OCTOBER 8, 2021

Last updated: [10/8/2021]

***  Effective January 26, all airline passengers to the United States ages two years and older must provide a negative COVID-19 viral test taken within three calendar days of travel.  Alternatively, travelers to the United States may provide documentation from a licensed health care provider of having recovered from COVID-19 in the 90 days preceding travel.  Check the CDC website for additional information and Frequently Asked Questions  .

Country-Specific Information

  • As of October 7, 2021, there have been 250,728 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Kenya, with 243,337 recovered patients and 5,178 related deaths.
  • On June 29th, the Government of Kenya announced continued restrictions in response to the worsening of the COVID-19 pandemic. Restrictions are primarily focused on 13 counties declared a “hotspot zone” – specifically Busia, Vihiga, Kisii, Nyamira, Kakamega, Trans Nzoia, Bungoma, Kericho, Bomet, Siaya, Kisumu, Homa Bay and Migori. Restrictions for the “hotspot zone” include:
    • A curfew enforced from 7:00 p.m. to 4:00 a.m. 
    • Movement between the hotspot zone and the rest of the country is strongly discouraged, except for essential and emergency services.
    • Non-food and livestock markets are suspended.
    • Employers are advised to allow employees to work from home.
    • All physical and worship gatherings are suspended. 
  • Country-wide restrictions include:
    • A curfew enforced from 10:00 p.m. to 4:00 a.m.
    • The continued prohibition against political gatherings and all public gatherings.
    • Places of worship may only use one-third of their normal capacity.
    • All funerals must be held within 72 hours after the confirmation of death, and no more than 100 people may attend a funeral.
    • Weddings, ceremonies of rites of passage, and all other similar events or ceremonies may have no more than 100 people attending.
    • Hospitals must restrict visitors to one individual per patient.
    • International travel continues under existing guidelines (listed below);
    • Mandatory wearing of masks in public remains in effect. The government will not provide services to individuals not wearing a mask;
    • International flights resumed on August 1, 2020. Domestic air travel resumed on July 15, 2020 under Ministry of Health and Transport guidelines;
    • There are no inland border crossings except for commercial trucks.

COVID-19 Testing

  • Are PCR and/or antigen tests available for U.S. citizens in Kenya Yes
  • PCR testing is widely available.  We expect antigen tests to be increasingly available during 2021.
  • If so, are test results reliably available within 72 hours? Yes
  • Turnaround times vary outside of major metropolitan cities, and it will be important to confirm the turnaround time with each lab.
  • Testing is available at the country’s major hospitals (Aga Khan Hospital, Nairobi Hospital, Kenyatta National Hospital) and private laboratories (Lancet laboratories, Meditest diagnostics).  The charge for the test is approximately USD 100 (KES 10,000) at private health facilities and USD 50 (KES 5,000) at government hospitals.  Test results are typically available within 24 – 96 hours depending on laboratory and location. Some labs, such as Meditest, have mobile services.
  • Results are usually obtained by physical copy or email.

COVID-19 Vaccine Information:

  • Has the government of Kenya approved a COVID-19 vaccine for use?  Yes
  • Are vaccines available in Kenya for U.S. citizens to receive? Yes
  • Which vaccines are available in Kenya? Oxford/AstraZeneca, Moderna, Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen (J&J/Janssen
  • COVID-19 vaccines are now being offered to all adults in Kenya.  U.S. citizens who reside in Kenya can also access vaccines if they bring their passport. The vaccines are being offered on a first come, first served basis, with no booking required.  Please note that supplies are limited and vary based on location. COVID-19 vaccination centers (MoH) can be found here   .
  • Visit the FDA’s website to learn more about FDA-approved vaccines  in the United States. 
  • The U.S. government does not plan to provide COVID-19 vaccinations to private U.S. citizens overseas.  Please follow host country developments and guidelines for COVID-19 vaccination.

Entry and Exit Requirements

  • Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter? Yes
  • Arriving U.S. passengers are permitted to enter if the following conditions are met: 1) The passenger does not have a body temperature above 37.5°C (99.5°F); 2) The passenger does not have a persistent cough, difficulty breathing or other flu-like symptoms; 3) The passenger has a negative PCR-based COVID-19 test conducted within 96 hours prior to arrival. Please visit the Kenyan Ministry of Health’s COVID-19 website or call the COVID-19 hotline at 719 for updated information. 
  • Incoming Travelers are required to have a QR code for a completed Travelers Health Surveillance Form which they can access from the website https://ears.health.go.ke/airline_registration/. When they register on the website, the code is sent to their email.
  • The Kenya Ministry of Health launched the Trusted Travel (TT) Initiative: https://africacdc.org/trusted-travel/  . At this time, the QR code is for arriving passengers and the TT code is for those departing. Travelers can get the TT code with their test results from an accredited lab at any major hospital.
  • Due to the rapidly- evolving situation, please check with your airlines, transit countries, and final destination on the most updated travel requirements (such as mandatory COVID-19 tests).
  • Is a negative COVID-19 test (PCR and/or serology) required for entry? Yes
  • All passengers arriving in or transiting through Kenya must have a negative PCR COVID-19 certificate for a test conducted within 96 hours prior to arrival to Kenya. The Kenyan Ministry of Health is planning to launch the Trusted Travel (TT) Initiative:  https://africacdc.org/trusted-travel/  Once this system is implemented, U.S. citizens who do not have such a test may be refused boarding or denied entry to Kenya.
  • Are health screening procedures in place at airports and other ports of entry? Yes
  • Port Health forms can be found at the Ministry of Health website  or the Jitenge Ministry of Health mobile application.  Visitors must scan the QR code from this application on entry.  Travelers are encouraged to complete this in advance as Wi-Fi connections may be unreliable upon arrival.
  • The Government of Kenya established an online portal to extend visitor and resident visas.  Please see: https://fns.immigration.go.ke  .  Please note that the Directorate of Immigration Services has lifted an earlier amnesty on stay in Kenya over the six months stipulated visa period.  Visitors on overstayed visas from September 14, 2020 are required to make arrangements to depart within 14 days or apply for residency (permit or pass).
  • Please be advised that effective January 1, 2021, all passengers are required to apply and obtain an e-visa before boarding an inbound aircraft to Kenya.  The e-visa can be obtained through http://evisa.go.ke/evisa.html   
  • Due to the rapidly- evolving situation, please check with your airlines, transit countries, and final destination on the most updated travel requirements (such as mandatory COVID-19 tests).

Movement Restrictions

  • Is a curfew in place? Yes
  • The curfew in the 13 “hotzone” counties (Busia, Vihiga, Kisii, Nyamira, Kakamega, Trans Nzoia, Bungoma, Kericho, Bomet, Siaya, Kisumu, Homa Bay and Migori ) is restricted from 7pm to 4 am. Other counties will maintain the existing curfew of 10:00 p.m. to 4:00 a.m.;
    • Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel? No

Quarantine Information 

Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine? No

  • U.S citizens coming from the United States are exempted from quarantine.  Please call the COVID-19 hotline at 719 or contact the Kenyan Embassy in Washington D.C. at http://kenyaembassydc.org/   for more information.

Transportation Options

  • Are commercial flights operating? Yes
  • International with restrictions. The Government of Kenya banned all flights from the United Kingdom starting April 9, 2021.  International flights may be cancelled on short notice.
  • Is public transportation operating? Yes
  • Individuals using public or private transport are required to wear a protective mask.

Fines for Non-Compliance 

  • Those violating the curfew may be arrested and put in mandatory quarantine for 14 days.

Consular Operations

  • American Citizen services:
  • For routine passport renewals and notarial services, please click here   to make an appointment at U.S. Embassy Nairobi. Be sure to schedule a separate appointment for each individual applying.
  • To submit a request for an emergency service for American Citizen Services, including CRBA services, please email  Kenya_acs@state.gov.
  • The United States Embassy in Kenya remains unable to resume routine immigrant and nonimmigrant visa services at this time.  If you have an urgent need to travel immediately, please follow the guidance provided at https://ais.usvisa-info.com/en-ke/niv/information/niv   to request an emergency appointment.
  • Please be advised that all entrants to the U.S. Embassy are subject to body temperature screening and may be refused entry if displaying an elevated temperature.
  • The U.S. Embassy in Nairobi covers Somalia’s consular district.  For COVID-19 related information in Somalia please consult the U.S. Embassy Somalia’s COVID-19 website found here  .

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