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). Kenya Airways began flights to Europe and is planning to resume its flight between Nairobi and New York in October, starting once a week, increasing based on demand. Qatar, Emirates and other airlines are soon to follow suit.
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
Visitors requiring an entry visa into Kenya are advised that cash payments for the visa-on-arrival service will no longer be accepted; payments can be made by credit cards. We recommend that all travellers apply for their entry visa, prior to departure, to avoid lengthy queues and unnecessary physical interaction.
Pre-Travel COVID-19 Negative Certificate & Date of Validity Requirements
All arriving passengers on international flights must show a negative COVID-19 certificate upon arrival. If a passenger is not exhibiting typical COVID-19 symptoms on arrival (temperature above 37.5°C (99.5°F), persistent cough, difficulty in breathing or flu-like symptoms) they will be exempt from quarantine. However, if there is a reported case of COVID-19 on the flight or if the above symptoms are detected, the passengers within two rows of the passenger with the symptoms shall be quarantined for testing. If the results are negative, they shall be allowed to leave the facility. (Source: Atta)
Passengers travelling on both Emirates & Kenya Airways must have a certificate dated no older than 96 hours before flight departure date. 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.
Travellers Health Surveillance Form
All travellers entering Kenya are required to complete a ‘Travellers Health Surveillance’ form on arrival. The form requests a flight seat number so this can be completed, after online check-in when a seat number has been issued (as long as they don’t change seats). Passengers can also complete the form online if they have access to the internet, and will be sent a QR code, which passengers show the Port Health Official in Arrivals (a print-out or on a device). If passengers do not have access to the internet, a hard copy of the form can be completed and handed to the Official.
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.
Travellers arriving from countries that are not listed will be required to quarantine upon arrival either at a Government of Kenya -designated facility or at a Kenyan residence for 14 days. Those taken into government quarantine will not be charged a fee for their stay at the facility.
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.