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COVID-19 Information

Last updated:   [04/08/2021]

***  Effective January 26, all airline passengers to the United States ages two years and older must provide a negative COVID-19 viral test taken within three calendar days 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 April 06, 2021, there have been 139,842 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Kenya, with 96,578 recovered patients and 2258 related deaths.
  • On March 26, the government announced further restrictions primarily focused on five counties: Nairobi, Kajiado, Machakos, Kiambu, and Nakuru.The restrictions took effect at midnight on March 26 and remain in effect until further notice
  • Movement by road, air, and rail into and out of the five counties is suspended;
  • International travel continues under existing guidelines (listed below);
  • Public gatherings and in-person meetings are suspended in the five counties;
  • Curfew in the five counties is revised to commence from 8:00 p.m. to 4:00 a.m.Other counties will maintain the existing curfew from 10:00 p.m. to 4:00 a.m.
  • Curfew exemption passes are to be reviewed and until then, all existing passes are revoked;
  • All physical and worship gatherings are suspended in the five counties.In other counties, the existing rule that places of worship may only use one-third of their capacity remains in effect;
  • In-person learning at all education institutions through the entire country are suspended, except for those sitting for examinations and those in medical training institutions;
  • In-person meetings within government are restricted;
  • Sporting and recreational activities are suspended;
  • Bars are closed in the five counties;
  • Hospitals must restrict visitors to two individuals per patient;
  • All funerals must be held within 72 hours after the confirmation of death, and no more than 50 people may attend a funeral;
  • Weddings, ceremonies of rites of passage, and all other similar events or ceremonies may have no more than 30 people attending;
  • Restaurants are closed for dining and may provide only take away meals in the five counties, and they may not serve alcohol.In other counties, existing restrictions remain in place, with strict enforcement of guidelines;
  • All physical meetings or events including social gatherings are limited to no more than 15 people until further notice; and
  • The prohibition of political gatherings has been extended.
  • Mandatory wearing of masks in public remains in effect.The government will not provide services to individuals not wearing a mask.
  • All physical and worship gatherings in the five designated counties are suspended until further notice.In other counties, the existing rule that places of worship may only use one-third of their normal capacity remains in effect.  No more than 50 people may attend funerals, and no more than 30 may attend weddings, with all in attendance abiding with Ministry of Health Protocols.
  • International flights resumed on August 1, 2020.Domestic air travel resumed on July 15, 2020 under Ministry of Health and Transport guidelines but was again suspended as of March 27 with limited exceptions.
  • There are no inland border crossings except for commercial trucks.

COVID-19 Testing

  • Are PCR and/or antigen tests available for U.S. citizens in Kenya Yes
    • PCR testing is widely available.  We expect antigen tests to be increasingly available during 2021.
  • If so, are test results reliably available within 72 hours? 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, Meditest diagnostics).  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
  • U.S. citizens are eligible to receive a vaccine if they are in specific priority groups. 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 96 hours prior to travel. Please visit the Kenyan Ministry of Health’s COVID-19 website or call the COVID-19 hotline at 719 for updated information.
    • Incoming Travelers are required to have a QR code for a completed Travelers Health Surveillance Form which they can access from the website ly/covid19moh 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.
    • 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 96 hours prior to travel.  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
    • 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? Yes
    • In the five counties of Nairobi, Kajiado, Machakos, Kiambu, and Nakuru, nightly curfew hours are from 8:00 p.m. to 4:00 a.m. 
    • In the other 42 counties, nightly curfew hours are from 10:00 p.m. to 4:00 a.m. 
  • Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel? Yes
    • Movement by air, rail, and road into and out of the five counties of Nairobi, Kajiado, Machakos, Kiambu, and Nakuru (as one zoned area) is suspended.  Movement within the five counties is permitted. 

Quarantine Information 

  • Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine? No
    • U.S citizens coming from the United States are exempted from quarantine.  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
    • International with restrictions. However, the Government of Kenya banned all flights from the United Kingdom starting April 9, 2021.
    • domestic with restrictions.
  • Is public transportation operating? Yes
    • Varies by county
  • Individuals using public or private transport are required to wear a protective mask.

Fines for Non-Compliance 

  • Those violating the curfew may be arrested and put in mandatory quarantine for 14 days.

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.
    • 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.

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.