International Flights Resume Operations into Kenya

On 1 August 2020, Kenya opened her borders having been assigned the 'Safe Travel' stamp bestowed upon her by the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC). Many airlines have resumed international flights to Kenya, including Qatar, Emirates, Delta, KLM, Turkish Airlines and Kenya Airways.

International flights to Tanzania have also resumed with a number of airlines commencing operations.

Please contact the airlines directly for updated information.

Online Entry Visa

All visitors requiring an entry visa for Kenya are required to obtain their visa online. No visas will be issued on arrival.

Apply for Kenya Entry Visa

Pre-Travel COVID-19 Negative Certificate & Date of Validity Requirements

All arriving passengers on international flights to Kenya require a negative PCR based COVID-19 test carried out within 96 hours prior to arrival time in Kenya. Those who have a body temperature that is NOT above 37.5°C (99.5°F), do not have a persistent cough, difficulty in breathing or other flu-like symptoms and are from countries considered low to medium risk COVID-19 transmission areas, shall be exempt from quarantine (link can be accessed below in QUARANTINE EXEMPTION section).

Passengers must receive a negative PCR COVID-19 test result 96 hours prior to arrival and have a certificate to verify their negative status with their airline. However, each airline has its own rules and regulations concerning ‘Fit-to-Fly’ COVID-19 Certificate issuing and travellers should consult their airline ahead of travel.

As of 11 January 2020, all passengers departing Kenya whose airline or destination country require a negative PCR based COVID-19 test upon return are required to utilise the Trusted Travel website trustedtravel.panabios.org (or Global Haven www.globalhaven.org if the test certificate is from a jurisdiction where Trusted Travel is not available). Following testing, travellers will receive an SMS and/or email from PanaBIOS This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with instructions on how to generate a Travel Code from http://trustedtravel.panabios.org/ to be approved by airlines and immigration authorities on departure. For further instructions please view the Ministry of Health Travel Guide.

All passengers departing Kenya for Tanzania require a negative PCR based COVID-19 test  carried out within 72 hours before arrival in Tanzania. All passengers entering Tanzania will undergo temperature screening upon arrival and must complete a Health Declaration form to be submitted upon entry. There are no self-quarantine requirements for passengers arriving in the country who are not showing any COVID-19 symptoms.

Covid testing 

We are able to facilitate:

  • Nairobi: In-hotel COVID-19 testing at a cost of USD 150 per person per test. Results received between 12 - 24 hours after the collection of the sample.
  • Arusha: medical facility COVID-19 testing at a cost of USD 120 per person per test. Results received between 48 - 72 hours after the collection of the sample.
  • Zanzibar: medical facility COVID-19 testing at a cost of USD 120 per person per test. Results received between 48 - 96 hours after the collection of the sample.

We are able to facilitate testing in select safari destinations, with the test results received 48 hours after the collection of the sample. These are subject to availability and accessibility and the costs vary. Please contact your safari operator or our Elewana reservations team for more information: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

Travellers Health Surveillance Form

All travellers entering Kenya are required to complete a ‘Travellers Health Surveillance’ form upon arrival. A confirmed flight seat number and confirmation of a negative PCR COVID test result is required to complete the form. Passengers can complete the form online and will receive a QR code, which must be shown to Port Health Officials in Arrivals. The QR code can be on a device or print-out, though we highly recommend having a print-out on hand. A hard copy of the form can also be completed and handed to the Official.

Kenya Travelers Health Surveillance Form

Quarantine Exemption

Passengers and Nationals travelling from the countries appearing in the Kenya Civil Aviation Authorities-issued listing, who do not have a temperature above 37.5°C (99.5°F) and are not exhibiting typical COVID-19 symptoms, in addition to having a COVID-19 negative certificate (within 96 hours prior to travel), will not require mandatory quarantine.

States Exempted from Quarantine in Kenya

Travellers arriving from countries that are not listed in the Kenya Civil Aviation Authorities-issued listing will be required to quarantine upon arrival either at a Government of Kenya - designated facility or an approved quarantine hotel in Nairobi for 14 days. 

Please note this information is updated on a regular basis. Further updates affecting newly-exempted countries and other travel changes will be issued as and when they arise and these can be accessed on the KCAA website.

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