An official website of the United States government

Guidance on Transiting Countries Where Entry Has Been Suspended due to COVID-19
Including the United Kingdom, Ireland, and the Schengen Area
April 14, 2021

Entry of foreign nationals who were physically present within the previous 14 days within the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (excluding overseas UK territories outside of Europe), the Republic of Ireland, and the 26 countries that comprise the Schengen Area (Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland), Brazil, South Africa, India, China, or Iran is suspended by Presidential Proclamation.

These travel restrictions do not apply to American citizens, legal permanent residents, most immediate family members of U.S. citizens, and other individuals who are identified in the applicable Presidential Proclamations. Information on U.S. travel restrictions and possible exceptions is available here.

Note that the travel of the following individuals has been deemed in the national interest and so not subject to COVID-related Presidential Proclamations. No specific national interest exception is needed:

    • Immigrants and holders of finacé(e) visas.
    • Students, if their academic program begins on August 1, 2021 or later and they do not seek entry to the U.S. earlier than 30 days before the start of their studies.
    • Certain other travelers – for more information, please check here

Certain business travelers, investors, treaty traders, academics, and exchange students may qualify for national interest exceptions under the COVID-related Presidential Proclamations. If you believe you qualify for a national interest exception, and are traveling from Kenya, please email VisitorVisaNairobi@state.gov.