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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.

June 6 Update

Health and Travel Alert: U.S. Embassy Nairobi June 6, 2020

Location:  Kenya

Event:  The Royal Thai Embassy has offered seats to U.S. citizens on a chartered flight with Ethiopian Airlines on June 4th, 2020.  The fare will be approximately USD755 from Nairobi (NBO) to Addis Ababa (ADD).  Onward flights are available from Addis Ababa to Washington Dulles (IAD).  Tickets can be purchased online on a first-come, first-serve basis using these instructions:

All passengers must first book a ticket to Addis Ababa using this link: https://www.ethiopianairlines.com/aa/special-offer?key=Royal-Thai-Embassy-Repatriation-Flight

  • Passengers must read the terms and conditions before booking.
  • Passengers must select ‘One Way’.
  • Select June 4 as the departure date
  • Select ‘Passenger All Class’ to choose Economy Class; this is the only passenger class available.
  • On the menu selection for ‘number of passengers’ use only the adult portion even if there are children/infants among the passenger group.
  • Passengers traveling to the United States should be U.S. Citizens or Legal Permanent Residents and their immediate family members with valid entry documents for the United States.
  • Baggage allowance: 2 pc (23Kg each)

Passengers are responsible for booking their own onward travel to the United States and must have valid entry documents to enter the United States. Passengers can book onward travel through Addis Ababa to the United States at www.ethiopianairlines.com.

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 June 6, 2020 there are 2,600 confirmed cases of COVID-19 throughout Kenya, with 706 recovered patients and 83 related deaths.
  • On June 6 the GoK announced that movement restrictions in and out of Nairobi’s Eastleigh neighborhood and Mombasa’s Old Town neighborhood lapse as of 4:00 am, June 7. Movement restrictions into both Kilifi and Kwale counties also lapse as of 4:00 am, June 7.
  • On June 6 it was announced that nightly quarantine hours are revised to 9:00 pm to 4:00 am, effective the morning of June 7.  Those violating the curfew may be arrested and put in mandatory quarantine for 14 days at their own expense.
  • Public gatherings are prohibited.  On June 6, the GoK stated that protocols regarding re-opening places of worship will be devised “in the next seven days.”  The same June 6 announcement stated that the ban on political and social gatherings, to include bars, is extended for an additional 30 days.
  • 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.
  • On June 6, movement restrictions in and out of the Nairobi Metropolitan Area, Mombasa and Mandera were extended an additional 30 days.
  • On May 16th, movement restrictions were imposed into and out of Kenya through the Kenyan-Tanzania and Kenyan-Somali international borders, with exceptions for cargo vehicles.
  • 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, with the exception of fights arriving to evacuate foreign nationals.  On June 6, the GoK announced that the Kenyan Ministry of Transport will develop protocols to reinstate domestic air travel.

Entry and Exit Requirements:

Quarantine Information:

  • Those entering Kenya 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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