Health and Travel Alert: Revised Entry Requirements for Arriving Passengers

Health and Travel Alert for U.S. Citizens

July 31, 2020

Revised Entry Requirements for Arriving Passengers

Location:  Kenya 

Event:  This afternoon the Kenyan Ministry of Transport, Infrastructure, Housing, Urban Development and Public Works revised yesterday’s announcement regarding the resumption of international air travel as of August 1st.  According to this directive, the United States is one of 18 countries whose nationals will be exempt from quarantine upon arrival if the following conditions are met:

·       The passenger does not have a body temperature above 37.5°C (99.5°F);

·       The passenger does not have a persistent cough, difficulty breathing or other flu-like symptoms;

·       The passenger has a negative PCR-based COVID-19 test conducted within 96 hours before travel.

Please note that U.S. citizen travelers coming from California, Florida and Texas will not be exempt and will be required to quarantine upon arrival either at Government of Kenya-designated facility or at their Kenyan residence.

U.S. citizens in Kenya may book tickets for departing flights.  There is no Government of Kenya mandate for a COVID-19 test before arriving at the airport complex.  However, please check with your airline whether they have their own COVID-19 testing requirements.   Similarly, outbound travelers must abide by the COVID-19 related requirements of the destination country.

Please note that all who enter the airport terminal may be subject to temperature checks. If a passenger is confirmed to have a fever, he/she will not be allowed to board their flight.  Those with an elevated body temperature shall be referred for secondary assessment by Port Health staff who will handle the passenger in accordance with public health guidelines.

Evidence of a flight is sufficient to exempt drivers and ticketed passengers from any penalty normally incurred by those out after curfew hours.  Those showing proof of an air ticket and boarding pass shall be allowed to proceed to their hotels and/or residences.

Reminder: U.S. Embassy Nairobi strongly recommends that U.S. Citizens and nationals enroll in STEP, the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program, at 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 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. 



U.S. Embassy Nairobi, Kenya

United Nations Avenue, Gigiri

+254 (0) 20 363 6451

+254 (0) 20 363 6170 (after hours)

State Department – Consular Affairs

+1-888-407-4747 for calls from the United States or Canada

+1-202-501-4444 for calls from overseas (Kenya)

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