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The Department of State advises U.S. citizens to reconsider travel abroad due to the global impact of COVID-19. For more information, see the Department’s Global Health Advisory.

May 26 Update

Health and Travel Alert: U.S. Embassy Nairobi May 26, 2020

Location:  Kenya

Event:  Kenya Airways have confirmed that, subject to sufficient demand, they will operate a specially arranged direct flight from Nairobi to London on Thursday, June 4.  The flight will depart from Nairobi at 9:20AM for London Heathrow.  The economy class fare will be approximately $1,333 and $2,403 in business class. 

To secure your seat from Nairobi to London call the Kenya Airways call center at +254 711 024 747.  Online bookings can be made at  www.kenya-airways.com/en-uk/charter-flights. You will book and pay directly to Kenya Airways using MPESA or a credit card. Passengers are responsible for booking their own onward travel to the United States and must have valid entry documents to enter the United States.  Please arrange an onward itinerary with minimal layover.

MANDATORY COVID-19 TEST

·       The Government of Kenya and Kenya Airways require that passengers and crew on this flight produce a medical certificate, from their officially appointed laboratory, Lancet Laboratory, confirming they are free of COVID-19.  Please ask for confirmation of this process when you make your booking with Kenya Airways.  Any passengers testing positive will not be allowed to travel and will receive a refund of the airfare. 

·       The KES 8,000 cost of the test is not included in the ticket price. You will need to contact and pay Lancet Laboratory directly for the COVID-19 test.  

·       Testing will take place between 72 and 24 hours of the scheduled flight take-off time.

·       For any medical questions about the flight, including COVID-19 matters, please email Doctors.KQ@kenya-airways.com

·       Anyone in Kenya testing positive must follow Government of Kenya instructions http://www.health.go.ke/

Reminder:  U. S. Embassy Nairobi strongly recommends that U.S. Citizens and nationals enroll in STEP, the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program, at step.state.gov. STEP enrollees receive important information from the Embassy about health conditions, safety alerts, and travel updates. Enrollment enables the Embassy to contact you in the event of an emergency. If you have previously enrolled in STEP, we recommend that you log into your STEP account to ensure your details are current, your country of travel information is correct, and that you set your departure date as ‘indefinite.’ These steps will enable you to receive all our embassy messaging. For any immediate need, U.S. citizens in an emergency can call 1-888-407-4747 from the United States and Canada or (plus) 1-202-501-4444 from overseas.

Actions to Take:

Country-Specific Information:

  • As of May 26, 2020 there are 1,348 confirmed cases of COVID-19 throughout Kenya, with 405 recovered patients and 52 related deaths.
  • There is a current cessation of movement in and out of the Eastleigh neighborhood in Nairobi and Old Town in Mombasa until June 6. Markets and restaurants will also be closed, as well as a prohibition on all gatherings in these areas until June 6.
  • There is currently a mandatory, country-wide curfew imposed between 7pm and 5am until June 6. Those violating the curfew will be arrested and put in mandatory quarantine for 14 days at their own expense.
  • Persons visiting a supermarket or any open-air market are required to wear a protective mask that covers the mouth and nose. Users of public or private transport are also required to wear a protective mask.
  • Movement restrictions were imposed in and out of the Nairobi Metropolitan Area until June 6. Similar restrictions were imposed to Kilifi, Kwale, Mandera and Mombasa counties until June 6.
  • Starting May 16th, movement restrictions were imposed into and out of Kenya through the Kenyan-Tanzania and Kenyan-Somali international borders, except for cargo vehicles.

Entry and Exit Requirements:

  • On March 25th, the Government of Kenya suspended all international flights in and out of Kenya. On May 11th, the GoK extended the ban on commercial flights for an additional 30 days, with the exception of fights that are arriving to evacuate foreign nationals.
  • On April 13, 2020 the Government of Kenya established an online portal to extend visitor and resident visas.  Please see: https://fns.immigration.go.ke/

Quarantine Information:

  • Those coming into the country must undergo a mandatory 14-day quarantine at a government designated facility at their own expense.
  • If any person exhibits symptoms such as cough, or fever, they should present themselves to the nearest health facility for testing.
  • Medical quarantine will be extended an extra 14 days for those who test positive for COVID-19 in government quarantine facilities. 

Local Resources:

  • 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: 0800721316, 0732353535, 0729471414
  • View U.S. Embassy Kenya’s Most Recent Alerts 

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