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COVID 19 INFORMATION
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January 13, 2022

January 13, 2022

Last updated: [01/13/2021]

***  Effective December 6, 2021, all airline passengers to the United States ages two years and older, regardless of vaccination status or citizenship, must provide a negative COVID-19 viral test taken within one calendar day 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 Janaury 11, 2022, there have been 313,667 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Kenya, with 271, 893 recovered patients and 5,462 related deaths.
  • On October 20, 2021, the Government of Kenya announced the end to Kenya’s nationwide curfew, even as other COVID-19 mitigation
    measures remain in effect.
  • Country-wide restrictions include:
    • 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;
    • Proof of vaccination for admission to public spaces

COVID-19 Testing

  • Are PCR and/or antigen tests available for U.S. citizens in Kenya Yes

         PCR testing is widely available.  

  • If so, are test results reliably available within one calendar day? 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).  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. 
  • 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 those ages 15 and up 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 72 hours prior to departure. Please visit the Kenyan Ministry of Health’s COVID-19 website or call the COVID-19 hotline at 719 for updated information. 
  • Kenya’s Ministry of Health announced all passengers over the age of 18 arriving and entering Kenya will need to present a valid certificate of COVID-19 vaccination effective immediately. All passengers exiting Kenya will also need to present a valid certificate of COVID-19 vaccination. COVID-19 vaccines approved by the World Health Organization (WHO) are considered valid by public health officials in Kenya.
  • There  will  be  no  paper  verification  of  COVID-19  test  results  and  vaccination  certificates upon  arrival  into  Kenya.  Travelers should upload  both documents into global haven before boarding their flight via www.globalhaven.org 
  • 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 72 hours prior to departure 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      
  • As of December 2, 2021, all travelers originating or transiting through certain African countries (South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Malawi, Eswatini, Lesotho, Namibia, Mozambique, Zambia, Malawi, Ghana, and Nigeria) entering Kenya will be required to take a rapid antigen COVID-19 test upon arrival. 
  • A random sampling of all incoming travelers, regardless of origin, will also be tested.  
  • If a traveler tests positive, the individual will be directed by the Government of Kenya to quarantine at a government approved hotels for 14 days at traveler’s expense.  
  • All passengers with flu-like symptoms at the point of entry in Kenya, or those who develop symptoms of COVID-19, will be placed into isolation and tested for COVID-19 at a Kenyan government testing facility at the traveler’s expense.
  • For more information or questions about this policy, please consult Kenya’s Ministry of Health’s website at this link .
  • 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? No
    • 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, unless they test positive.  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
  • Is public transportation operating? Yes
  • Individuals using public or private transport are required to wear a protective mask.

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. The U.S. Embassy is only processing emergency appointments until January 3rd.
  • 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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