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Entry into Kenya

COVID-19 Status

CURFEW

On Friday 12 March 2021, the government of Kenya made several key changes to Kenya’s measures against the COVID-19 pandemic. The nationwide curfew remains in force for further 60 days effective from 12 March while the timings remains unchanged 10pm-4am.  

During this time, everyone must stay at home or indoors. The Government of Kenya has advised that passengers departing the airport after the 10pm curfew must retain their boarding pass as proof of their arrival time which will allow for movement to their accommodation. Similarly, evidence of air passengers arriving after 10pm will enable access for drivers coming to collect passengers from the airports during curfew hours.

 

The list of approved states can be accessed here https://www.kcaa.or.ke/quarantine-exempted-states. As this list is regularly updated we advise citizens to check it.

All passengers must complete a mandatory COVID-19 Travellers Health Surveillance Form online submitted prior to travel even if transiting. A QR code will be provided upon submission of the form which must be presented to port health officials in order to be allowed to proceed to Immigration. Passengers that do not have a negative COVID-19 test will be returned by the airline to their embarkation point or if approved by Port Health, may enter into mandatory quarantine at government designated facilities (which also include an approved list of hotels).

 

KENYA ENTRY VISAS

Effective 1 January 2021, Kenyan entry visas will be exclusively issued electronically, with passengers required to obtain their e-visas before departure. Those travelling can apply for single entry and transit visas on the e-visas website. More information on the Visa Requirements can be found at this site

Kenya Visa Requirements

 

 

GOVERNMENT RESTRICTIONS AND REGULATIONS

  • The Kenyan Authorities have announced that all persons visiting public places such as supermarkets, open air markets, public transport and other public areas should at all times wear a face mask to reduce the chances of transmission of the virus.
  • The Government of Kenya has directed that face masks must be worn in public places, except when dining, or when adhering to social distancing in hotels, gardens or on beaches.
  • All bars, restaurants and other establishments open to the public must close by 9pm. All must adhere to COVID-19 Health Protocols or face closure.
  • Political rallies are suspended for 30 days effective from 12 March.
  • The government has also directed that weddings and funerals are only allowed a maximum capacity of 100 individuals (immediate family members). Funerals and cremation ceremonies are to be conducted within 72 hours of death
  • All forms of public events and gatherings, with the exception of funerals /burials and weddings, remain suspended
  • In line with the guidelines issued by the Inter-Faith Council, only a maximum of one-third of the capacity of places of worship will be allowed at each worship ceremony
  • Public service vehicles have been directed to continue strictly observing the 60% maximum carrying capacity limit rule. All passengers in public and private vehicles must wear masks and maintain hand hygiene
  • The authorities are conducting random temperature checks in public spaces. If you show signs or symptoms of coronavirus and are able to self-isolate, you can expect to be directed to do so. If you cannot self-isolate, you can expect to be taken into a State health facility by the Kenyan Authorities.

In light of the eased COVID-19 related travel restrictions and resumption of international travel, the Kenya Directorate of Immigration Services announced lifting of an earlier amnesty on stay in the country effective from 14th September 2020. Visitors must leave the country before expiry of their visas OR apply for the required Permits or Passes to regularize their stay in the country, if not Section 53(1) J of the Kenya Citizenship and Immigration Act (2011) will take effect.