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Travel to Kenya during Covid-19 (Coronavirus)

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ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Proof of vaccination:

TBC

Test pre-travel:

YES

Form pre-travel:

YES

Test on arrival:

NO

Screening on arrival:

YES

Quarantine on arrival:

YES

Test during stay:

NO

RETURN REQUIREMENTS

Test pre-return travel:

YES

Test on return:

YES

Quarantine on return:

YES

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
Proof of vaccination: This requirement is yet to be confirmed by the destination.
Test pre-travel: PCR Test
PCR Test locations: https://covidtraveladvice.kuoni.co.uk/pcr-test-locations
Test time:
All tourists must present a negative PCR test for COVID-19 on arrival. The test and negative PCR certificate must be issued no more than 4 days (96 hours) prior to departure.
On arrival:

If you are in possession of a valid COVID19 vaccination certificate and you have returned your negative result of a COVID19 test, then you will be required to self-isolate for a period of 7 days upon arrival into Kenya.

 

Should you not be in possession of a valid COVID19 vaccination certificate but you have returned a negative result of a COVID19 test, then you will be required to take mandatory quarantine in a government facility for a period of 14 days.  This will be at your own cost.

 

Form pre-travel: Traveller Health Declaration must be completed 24 hours prior to arrival.
Traveller Health Declaration: https://ears.health.go.ke/airline_registration/
RETURN REQUIREMENTS
Test pre-return travel:

On your return a negative test must be taken in the 3 days (72 hours) before you depart to the UK. You will be required to show your test results before you board the return flight home.

The test must meet the performance standards of above 97% specificity and above 80% sensitivity at viral loads above 100,000 copies\ml. The test can be a PCR test, a LAMP test or an antigen test, such as a test from a lateral flow device as long as they meet the performance standards

Test on return:

You will be required to take a test on your return back to England, Scotland or Wales.  The details of which will vary as below, depending on the classification of the country you are arriving from.

 

Green list countries

If you are arriving into England, Scotland or Wales from a country that is on the green list then you will be required to undergo a further COVID-19 PCR test at your own expense on or before day 2 of your return into the country.

 

Green watch list countries

If you are arriving into England, Scotland or Wales from a country that is currently on the green watch list, then you will be required to undergo a further COVID-19 PCR test at your own expense on or before day 2 of your return into the country.  Please remember that countries on the green watch list are able to move to the Amber or red lists.  Therefore should the country you are travelling from move before arrival, you will need to follow the guidance below, depending on the new category.

 

Amber list countries

if you are arriving into England, Scotland or Wales from a country that is on the Amber list then alongside your self-isolation period at home, you will be required to undergo 2 further COVID-19 PCR tests at your own expense on your return into the country.  These tests will need to be taken on or before day 2 and on day 8 of your 10 day isolation period.  You may also able to take advantage of the test to release scheme which will allow for a PCR test to be taken on day 5 to release you from isolation.  

 

Red list countries

If you are arriving into England, Scotland or Wales from a country that is on the red list then you will need to ensure you have booked yourself into government approved hotel quarantine for a 10 day period.  You will be required to undergo 2 further COVID-19 PCR tests at your own expense on your return to the country in your quarantine hotel.  These tests will need to be taken on or before day 2 and on day 8 of your 10 day quarantine period.

 

There are currently different regulations for Northern Ireland and at present, international leisure travel is not permitted.

Quarantine on return:

From the 9th April onwards, any passengers returning from Kenya who have the right to live and work in the United Kingdom will need to enter mandatory hotel quarantine for a period of 10 days.  This is subject to your own cost.

 

A suspension of all Travel Corridors for England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland is in place from 4am 18 January until at least the 17th May 2021. 

 

The following statements have been issued by the Department for Transport (DfT) and the devolved administrations of Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales:

 

Department for Transport (DfT)

 

All UK travel corridors temporarily suspended to protect against new international variants.

 

Emergency border measures introduced to prevent the spread of new variants of coronavirus into the UK. 

  • emergency measures introduced at the border to be in place for at least one month in order to protect the UK against new variants.
  • all international arrivals to the UK from any country (including British and Irish Nationals) must now take a pre-departure test and self-isolate for 10 days.
  • passengers must continue to fill in a Passenger Locator Form and have a negative test before travelling to the UK or could face a £500 fine for each.

 

The statement in full can be accessed via this link: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/all-uk-travel-corridors-temporarily-suspended-to-protect-against-new-international-variants

 

Northern Ireland

 

Travel Corridor Suspended

 

The UK Government has announced that it is to suspend the travel corridor system until at least 15 February.  This will come into effect from 4am on Monday 18 January.  Travel corridors operate on a four-nation basis and the decision will see Northern Ireland amend regulations to remove the approximately 64 countries, islands and territories remaining on the travel corridor list.

 

The statement in full can be accessed via this link: https://www.health-ni.gov.uk/news/travel-corridor-suspended

 

Scotland

 

Travel corridors suspended.

Changes to travel restrictions following new COVID-19 variant. Following identification of a new variant of Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Brazil, the Scottish Government will impose additional restrictions on arrivals. From 04:00 on Monday, all country exemptions from self-isolation after international travel will be suspended.

 

Passengers travelling to Scotland from outside the Common Travel Area will be required to isolate for ten days on return. They must also have a valid negative COVID-19 test result, taken no more than three days before the scheduled time of departure.

 

The statement in full can be accessed via this link: https://www.gov.scot/news/travel-corridors-suspended/

 

Wales

 

Travel corridors to be suspended as new virus strains emerge. 

 

The First Minister has tonight confirmed travel corridors will be suspended in Wales to help prevent new mutated strains of coronavirus entering the UK. Travel corridors will be suspended from Monday until at least 15 February – and possibly longer – as all four nations of the UK act together.

 

The statement in full can be accessed via this link: https://gov.wales/travel-corridors-be-suspended-new-virus-strains-emerge

FURTHER INFORMATION
Foreign Office Advice: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/kenya
Local regulations:

A nationwide curfew is in place in all regions (except those listed below) from 10pm to 4am until 12th May 2021.  Other than for an emergency it is not possible to be away from or leave your place of residence during this time. 

 

Social distancing must be maintained in hotels, gardens, beaches and other public spaces.  A face mask is mandatory in all public spaces.

 

Restaurants, food and beverage outlets and shops are able to operate as long as they comply with government guidelines, inclusive of social distancing and the night-time curfew except in the regions listed below.

 

Restaurants must close by 9pm each evening.

 

In the areas of Nairobi, Machakos, Kajiado, Kiambu and Nakuru the curfew is from 8pm to 4am each day.  You are also unable to move outside of these regions to other areas of Kenya, not listed.  Sale of alcohol is prohibited and restaurants will be takeaway only.

Remember to check countries you’re due to transit through as well as your destination.

The Information contained on this page is accurate to the best of our knowledge. It is provided as guidance only and is subject to review and change. Please check with official sources before booking and again regularly prior to travel, as information and requirements can change frequently and with little notice. Please visit the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office website at gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice or visit gov.uk/travelaware for country-specific information.

Last updated: 30.04.2021 at 17:08