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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.