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COVID 19 INFORMATION
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September 14, 2022

September 14, 2022

Last updated: [09/14/2022]

***  As of 12:01 a.m. EDT June 12, 2022, the CDC order requiring all persons aged two and above to show a negative COVID-19 test result or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 before boarding a flight to the United States, is rescinded.  Starting at 12:01 a.m. EDT on June 12, 2022, the CDC will no longer order air passengers to show a negative COVID-19 test result, or show documentation of recovery from COVID-19, prior to boarding a flight to the United States.

Of note, CDC’s Order requiring proof of vaccination for non-U.S. citizen nonimmigrants to travel to the United States is still in effect.  For more information see Requirement for Proof of COVID-19 Vaccination for Air Passengers. 

Check the CDC website for additional information and Frequently Asked Questions .

Country-Specific Information

  • As of September 10, 2022, there have been 338,290 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Kenya, with 332,508 recovered patients and 5,674 related deaths.
  • Wearing masks in outdoor public spaces is optional, however, one is required to wear a mask with other people in closed/confined spaces such as personal service vehicles (PSVs), aircraft, offices (government/private), supermarkets, markets, and places of worship.
  • All in-person indoor meetings to continue at full capacity as long as participants are fully vaccinated.  All attendees are required to wear face masks at the venue.

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
    • All travelers departing Kenya en route to countries requiring rapid antigen testing hours before travel will be required to undertake pre-travel rapid antigen test at the MOH Port Health facility at the airport and the results uploaded to the Trusted Traveler platform.  At JKIA, travelers do not need to make appointments, and payment is made via M-PESA.  The test itself takes 15 minutes, though travelers should budget ample time as there may be a long queue.
    • Testing is available at the country’s major hospitals (Aga Khan Hospital, Nairobi Hospital, Kenyatta National Hospital, Nairobi West) and private laboratories (Lancet, International Organization for Migration).  The charge for the test is usually less than $100 (KES 10,000) at private health facilities and $50 (KES 5,000) at government hospitals.  Test results are typically available within 24 – 96 hours depending on laboratory and location.
    • Turnaround times vary outside of major metropolitan cities, and it will be important to confirm the turnaround time with each lab.
    • 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.  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.  Follow host country developments and guidelines for COVID-19 vaccination.

Entry and Exit Requirements

  • Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter?  Yes
  • All travelers above the age of 12 years arriving into the country through any point of entry will be required to show proof of either COVID-19 vaccination or a negative PCR test conducted not more than 72 hours before departure.  Vaccination means having received the prescribed doses of specific vaccine with the latest shot at least fourteen (14) days before arrival (not including the day of vaccination).  Please visit the Kenyan Ministry of Health’s COVID-19 website  or call the COVID-19 hotline at 719 for updated information.
  • Travelers below the age of twelve (12) years are exempted from the vaccination and testing requirement.
  • All arriving passengers into the country above the age of 12 years are required to have a COVID-19 vaccination certificate uploaded on the panabios system.
  • Passengers traveling out of the country, will be required to abide by the particular travel, health, and COVID-19 related requirements of the transit and destination country.
  • Immigration Services has lifted an earlier amnesty on stays in Kenya over the six months stipulated visa period.  Visitors on overstayed visas from September 14, 2020, are required to arrange to depart within 14 days or apply for residency (permit or pass).
  • 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 .
  • The Government of Kenya established an online portal to extend visitor and resident visas.  Please see: https://fns.immigration.go.ke.  Note that the Directorate of Immigration Services has lifted an earlier amnesty on stays in Kenya over the six months stipulated visa period.  Visitors on overstayed visas from September 14, 2020, are required to arrange to depart within 14 days or apply for residency (permit or pass).

                                                                                                                                                     

  • Is a negative COVID-19 test (PCR and/or serology) required for entry?  Only for unvaccinated travelers over the age of 12 years
  • All unvaccinated travelers above the age of twelve (12) years arriving at any port of entry into Kenya must have a negative COVID-19 PCR test result conducted not more than 72 hours before departure, regardless of the route of entry. Travelers should upload COVID test result documents into Panabios before boarding their flight to generate QR codes.
  • Pre-departure RDT or PCR testing may be considered at the discretion of any of the airlines departing from or terminating in Kenya.
  • For more information or questions about this policy, consult the Kenyan Ministry of Health’s website .      

 

  • Are health screening procedures in place at airports and other ports of entry?  Yes
  • Effective September 1, 2022, only travelers arriving at any port of entry into Kenya with flu-like symptoms will be expected to fill the passenger locator form on the ‘jitenge’ platform.   They will also be required to take a COVID-19 PCR test upon arrival at their own cost.

 

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

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

    • From routine citizenship and documentation questions to all manner of emergencies, the U.S. Embassy Nairobi is pleased to provide information and assistance for U.S. citizens in Kenya and Somalia!
      To get started, please use the link below to the “navigator.”  The navigator will ask a series of simple questions to direct you to online information on the most common topics, OR provide instructions on how to contact us by email for less common questions:  Click here  
    • The United States Embassy in Kenya has resumed routine immigrant and nonimmigrant visa services.  If you have an urgent need to travel, follow the guidance provided at https://ais.usvisa-info.com/en-ke/niv/information/niv  to request an emergency appointment.
    • The U.S. Embassy in Nairobi covers Somalia’s consular district.  For COVID-19 related information in Somalia consult the U.S. Embassy Somalia’s COVID-19 website .

Local Resources:

The CDC, WHO, UN OCHA, and Kenyan Ministry of Health launched a new COVID-19 dashboard providing key data elements about the COVID-19 pandemic:  https://khro.health.go.ke/#/covid_19_tracker       

  • Kenya Ministry of Health:  Twitter:  @MOH_Kenya, Facebook: MinistryofHealthKE, website:  http://www.health.go.ke/ 
  • Report any suspected cases to the Kenya Ministry of Health hotline numbers:  0800 721 316; 0732 353 535; or 0729 471 414.

View U.S. Embassy Kenya’s Most Recent Alerts.

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