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Travelers usually depart from O. R. Tambo International, or Lanseria International when they travel from Johannesburg to Nairobi. Book your trip to arrive at Jomo Kenyatta International, or Wilson. The distance between Johannesburg and Nairobi is 2915 km. The most popular airlines for this route are Kenya Airways, Ethiopian Airlines, Airlink (SAA), Precision Air, and Safarilink Aviation. Johannesburg and Nairobi have 232 direct flights per week.

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Kenya COVID-19 travel restrictions

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Most travelers from South Africa can enter Kenya, but there are restrictions.


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  • Mandatory proof of COVID-19 vaccination for Kenya
  • Passenger locator form may be required


Travel restrictions
  • Travel is allowed
  • Proof of negative pre-departure COVID-19 test results is not required
  • Quarantine is not required
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  • Visa may be required

Information is provided as guidance only and accurate at the time of publishing. Always check government websites and airline materials before booking and traveling.

Learn more about COVID-19 restrictions in Kenya in our dedicated Stories article.

Frequently asked questions

How long does it take to travel from Johannesburg to Nairobi?
A one-way nonstop (direct) flight between Johannesburg and Nairobi takes around 4.1 hours.
What is the flight distance between Johannesburg and Nairobi?
The flight distance between Johannesburg and Nairobi is 2915 km.
What airlines offer nonstop (direct) flights between Johannesburg and Nairobi?
Several carriers operate flights between Johannesburg and Nairobi. Airlines offering nonstop (direct) flights include Kenya Airways, South African Airways.
What are the most popular routes to and from Johannesburg?
Travelers frequently search for route combinations, such as Johannesburg and Cape Town, Durban, Port Elizabeth, George, Harare, East London, London, Windhoek, Hyderabad, Bloemfontein, New York, Accra, Lagos, Bulawayo, Chennai, Lusaka, Mthatha, Dar es Salaam, Funchal, Livingstone.
What are the most popular routes to and from Nairobi?
Travelers frequently search for route combinations, such as Nairobi and Mombasa, London, Malindi, Kisumu, Ukunda, Entebbe, Eldoret, Singapore, Lamu, Addis Ababa, Juba, Kigali, New Delhi, Zanzibar, Bangkok, Durban, Dubai, Paris, Port Elizabeth, Victoria Falls.
Which airports are there in Johannesburg?
Johannesburg is mainly served by O. R. Tambo International. But there are other airports nearby, including Lanseria International, Rand Airport.
What airports are near Nairobi?
The main airport in Nairobi is Jomo Kenyatta International. It is also served by Arusha, Amboseli, Nanyuki.
Is it possible to combine flights, buses, and trains in one itinerary when traveling between Johannesburg and Nairobi?
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