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.
March 30 Update
Health Alert: U.S. Embassy Nairobi March 30, 2020
Event: As of March 30, 2020, there are 42 confirmed cases of COVID-19 throughout Kenya. The Department of State has issued a Global Level 4 Health Advisory for COVID-19.
In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, the Government of Kenya has suspended all international flights as per a March 22 announcement. The Government of Kenya also announced a nightly curfew in effect from 7pm to 5am.
The Department of State is currently not organizing an evacuation of American citizens from Kenya. However, in the event that opportunity becomes available, we are asking you to let us know now if you are interested in being contacted. Please send submit a brief survey with your information here.
We will contact you if a repatriation flight is being arranged and provide you with logistical information, including its cost per seat. It is important to note that these seats are traditionally offered at-charge on a first-come, first-serve basis to U.S. citizens and, space permitting, for qualifying non-citizen dependents. Please note that prices for seats on an evacuation flight are frequently more expensive than on commercial flights.
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:
- Visit the Kenyan Ministry of Health’s COVID-19 website for updated information.
- Consult the CDC website for the most up-to-date information.
- For the most recent information on what you can do to reduce your risk of contracting COVID-19 please see the CDC’s latest recommendations.
- Visit the COVID-19 crisis page on travel.state.gov for the latest information.
- Visit our Embassy webpage on COVID-19 for information on conditions in Kenya
- Visit the Department of Homeland Security’s website on the latest travel restrictions to the U.S.
- As of March 30, 2020 Kenya has confirmed cases of COVID-19 throughout the country with 42 confirmed cases.
Entry and Exit Requirements:
· As of March 25th, The Government of Kenya suspended all international flights in and out of Kenya.
· Those coming into the country between March 23 and March 25th must undergo mandatory quarantine at a government designated facility at the passenger’s own expense.
· All persons who have come into Kenya in the last 14 days must self-quarantine. If any person exhibits symptoms such as cough, or fever, they should present themselves to the nearest health facility for testing.
· Kenya Ministry of Health: Twitter: @MOH_Kenya, Facebook: MinistryofHealthKE, website: http://www.health.go.ke/
· View U.S. Embassy Kenya’s Most Recent Alerts