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COVID 19 INFORMATION
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May 19, 2022

May 19, 2022
Last updated: [05/19/2022]

*** Effective December 6, 2021, all airline passengers to the United States ages two years and older, regardless of vaccination status or citizenship, must provide a negative COVID-19 viral test taken within one calendar day 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 May 18, 2022, there have been 324,097 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Kenya, with 318,204 recovered patients and 5,649 related deaths.
  • Masks are not required in public spaces; however, masks are encouraged in all indoor functions.

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.
    • 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, 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.
    • 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. 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
  • Eligible unvaccinated travelers over age of 5 years must have a negative COVID-19 PCR test 72 hours before departure. They will also be required to take a rapid antigen test at their own cost ($30) on arrival. Any person who tests positive will have a PCR test administered at their own cost ($50) and self-isolate. Please visit the Kenyan Ministry of Health’s COVID-19 website or call the COVID-19 hotline at 719 for updated information.
  • Travelers who are fully vaccinated are exempted from the PCR test requirement for entry.
  • There will be no paper verification of COVID-19 test results and vaccination certificates upon arrival into Kenya. Travelers should upload both documents into Global Haven before boarding their flight via globalhaven.org to generate QR codes.
  • Incoming travelers are required to have a QR code for a completed Travelers’ Health Surveillance Form that they can access from the website https://ears.health.go.ke/airline_registration/. 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.
  • Due to the rapidly- evolving situation, check with your airlines, transit countries, and final destination on the most updated travel requirements (such as mandatory COVID-19 tests).
  • Is a negative COVID-19 test (PCR and/or serology) required for entry? Only for eligible unvaccinated travelers over age of 5 years
  • 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 wifi 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.  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).
  • 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.
  • For more information or questions about this policy, consult the Kenyan Ministry of Health’s website.                                                                                                                                                            

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

    • American Citizen services:
    • For routine passport renewals, CRBAs and notarial services, click here to make an appointment at U.S. Embassy Nairobi. Be sure to schedule a separate appointment for each person applying. To submit a request for an emergency service for American Citizen 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, 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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