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COVID-19 travel restrictions: Kenya



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Can I enter Kenya?

Kenya is open for tourism to all countries as of April 2022. However, only fully vaccinated travelers can enter Kenya for tourism due to COVID-19 restrictions that are in place now. 

All travelers must upload their COVID-19-related documents into Global Haven before departure to Kenya.

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Can I enter Kenya if I am vaccinated?

You can enter Kenya if you are fully vaccinated. You are considered fully vaccinated if you have received both doses of double-dose vaccination or one dose of single-dose vaccination at least 14 days before entering Kenya.

As of April 2022, seven vaccine drugs are approved in Kenya:

  • AstraZeneca
  • Johnson & Johnson 
  • Moderna
  • Pfizer
  • Covilo
  • Sputnik V

Travel documents if you are vaccinated

  • A vaccination certificate uploaded into Global Haven

Can I enter Kenya if I am unvaccinated?

Please note that unvaccinated foreign travelers are prohibited from entering Kenya for tourism. 

The following categories of unvaccinated travelers can enter Kenya:

  • Travelers with medical conditions that can not be vaccinated can provide a letter from a recognized medical practitioner detailing the medical reason preventing vaccination
  • Those who have recovered from COVID-19 in the preceding 90 days present proof of infection
  • Those residents of Kenya returning have difficulty accessing vaccines in their current country of residence; they have to register for vaccination on the Chanjo-Ke platform before departure to get vaccinated immediately upon arrival

Travel documents if you are vaccinated

If you fall under exceptions, you have to present:

  • An appropriate document explaining an absence of vaccination
  • A negative PCR test certificate obtained within 72 hours before departure
  • A rapid antigen test on arrival (costs $30)

Who cannot enter Kenya?

As of April 2022, all visitors are welcome in Kenya, provided they have fulfilled the above entry requirements. 

Can I leave Kenya?

There are no COVID-19 restrictions for leaving Kenya. Take your time to check the requirements concerning COVID-19 tests for vaccinated travelers of your destination country in advance.

Can I leave Kenya if I am vaccinated?

There are no restrictions for vaccinated travelers leaving Kenya.

Travel documents if I am vaccinated

  • A certificate of complete vaccination against COVID-19 in paper or electronic format

Can I leave Kenya if I am unvaccinated?

Unvaccinated travelers can leave Kenya.

Travel documents if I am unvaccinated

  • A certificate of recovery from COVID-19 (no more than 180 days old before the day of crossing the border of a particular country)
  • A negative COVID-19 test result (the relevant period and kind of test may vary, please check the requirements of the destination country)

COVID-19 situation in Kenya currently

The COVID-19 situation in Kenya is moderate now.

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Is it safe to travel to Kenya right now?

It is safe to travel to Kenya now. From March 2022, the Kenyan government has lifted basic COVID-19 regulations, like wearing masks in public and restrictions on public gatherings.  

Is Nairobi open to travel?

Nairobi is open to travel. Please note that COVID-19 regulations in the capital are the same as in the rest of the country.

Do I have to quarantine if I go to Kenya?

Currently, you do not need to quarantine upon arrival in Kenya. Only unvaccinated travelers who test positive during the on-arrival rapid antigen test will be subjected to self-isolation.

How do I get a health pass to travel to Kenya?

All travelers must register on Global Haven before departure to Kenya and upload their documents to this resource. 

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