Kenya Travel Updates

RESUMPTION OF TRAVEL IN KENYA

The resumption of international flights in Kenya from the 1st of August 2020 marked a pivotal moment for travellers yearning to visit life-changing, destinations like Masai Mara– and a turning point for this beautiful country in the heart of Africa. This was a timely move since Kenya was recently awarded the Global‘Safe Travel’ stamp by the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC). Please be advised that effective from 01st January 2021, all travellers requiring a visa will need to apply for an e-visa in advance. No visas shall be issued on arrival in Kenya. For more information visit www.evisa.go.ke

As of 22 September 2021, the UK Government has removed Kenya from its ‘red list’ easing travel plans for thousands of traveller. This means travellers arriving in the UK from Kenya will no longer be subjected to the mandatory quarantine in a government-approved hotel in the UK. UK citizens visiting Kenya will also no longer need to self isolate upon arrival.

As a preventive measure, various travel requirements and health protocols have been put in place in all the international and local airports within the country to ensure the safety of passengers and crew. Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has declared Kenya as a covid Level-1 country: low risk. In a safari and beach destination, guests are in contact only with tourism staff members, who are formed on all the Covid-safety procedures.

Several international airlines have confirmed the resumption of scheduled flights in and out of the Kenyan capital Nairobi. Emirates Airlines, Qatar Airways, Air France, Ethiopian Airlines, Swiss Air, Egypt Air, Turkish Airlines, and Kenya’s national carrier Kenya Airways. Read More

We highly recommend that our guests follow the health and travel advice from relevant authorities and be aware of the local entry requirements of the individual countries.

Travel updates for international travellers to Kenya;

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Before travel to Kenya

Online e-Visa Application

Covid – 19 Requirements

  • All travelers arriving in Kenya must be fully vaccinated and have a valid certificate of COVID-19 vaccination. The following categories of travelers are exempt from the requirement:
  1. Travelers with medical conditions precluding vaccination shall be required to provide a letter from a recognized medical practitioner detailing the medical reason precluding vaccination.
  2. Travelers who have recovered from an active COVID-19 infection or received convalescent plasma in the preceding 90 days, shall be required to provide a letter from a recognized medical practitioner showing that the person may have recovered from an active infection in the preceding 90 days.
  3. Returning unvaccinated Kenyans who have difficulty accessing vaccines in their current country of residence, must be prepared to be vaccinated immediately upon arrival and must register for vaccination on Chanjo-Ke platform before departure. Proof of registration shall be required before entry into the country.
  • Fully vaccinated travelers shall be exempted from the requirement of a PCR test.
  • Eligible unvaccinated travelers must be in possession of a valid COVID-19 negative PCR test certificate, conducted within 72 hours before departure regardless of the route of entry. Children below the age of five (5) years are exempted from this requirement
  • Unvaccinated travelers arriving at any point of entry shall be subjected to a rapid antigen test at their own cost of USD 30. Any person who test positive on antigen RDT will be subjected to PCR test at their own further cost of USD 50 and self-isolate. Travelers below the age of five (5) years are exempt from this testing requirement.

Verification of COVID-19 documents
Trusted Travel Code ( TTC )

  • There will be no paper verification of COVID-19 test results and vaccination certificates upon arrival in Kenya.
  • All travelers should complete and upload required verification documents into Global Haven and be issued with a Trusted Travel Code (TTC) before boarding flight via   globalhaven.org  Airlines are obliged to ensure compliance with this process.
  1. Fully vaccinated travelers – must complete the form and upload a valid certificate of COVID-19 vaccination.
  2. Eligible unvaccinated travelers – must complete the form and upload a valid COVID-19 negative PCR test certificate, conducted within 72 hours before departure. Children below 5 years are exempt from this requirement.
  • This requirement is mandatory for both vaccinated and eligible unvaccinated travelers.

How it works;
Click on the global haven portal www.globalhaven.org  Create an account, two options will appear (1) Upload vaccine records (2) Validate Test for travel

  • For fully vaccinated travelers – click on the Upload vaccine records. Choose for self and submit.
  • Have your vaccine certificate in pdf or jpeg. Complete all data in the form and submit, it to generate a vaccination pass.  Download copy to present on arrival.
  • Always carry your original vaccination card with you.
  • For eligible unvaccinated travelers – click on the global haven portal globalhaven.org Create an account (If you have an existing account with Trusted Travel, sign in and use same) Click on Validate test for travel. Select the departure country and destination country, select name of the lab where you took the Covid-19 test – here, select Covid-19 Nucleic acid, RT –PCR –  then save.
  • Travelers are advised to create an account using a valid email address and telephone number, preferably at the earliest possible, latest 7 days to travel, to use a computer with stable internet when uploading verification documents.
  • Travelers are advised to check with their airline on the requirements for travel as they may change from time to time.

Health Surveillance Form / “jitenge” platform

  • All travelers entering Kenya are required to complete a ‘Travelers Health Surveillance’ form before travel on the “jitenge” platform via the link: https://ears.health.go.ke/airline_registration/
  • The form will need traveler to fill in their; flight name, flight number, flight seat number, passport number.
  • After the Health surveillance form is completed and submitted online, a QR code is generated and then sent to the email address appearing on the form. Travelers are advised to download the QR code and show it on arrival in Kenya.

On Arrival

  • All travellers to Kenya aged 18 years and above, will be required to show a valid certificate of COVID-19 vaccination.
  • Eligible unvaccinated travelers will be required to show a valid COVID-19 negative PCR test certificate, conducted within 72 hours before departure regardless of the route of entry. Children below the age of five (5) years are exempt from this requirement.
  • Unvaccinated travelers will be subjected to rapid antigen tests at their own cost of USD 30. Any person who tests positive on antigen RDT will be subjected to PCR test at their own further cost of USD 50 and self-isolate. Travelers below the age of five (5) years are exempt from this testing requirement.
  • Passengers will be required to display the received ‘Jitenge’- QR codes to port health officials on arrival to be allowed to proceed to arrival immigration.
  • Wearing masks is not mandatory, but is highly recommended for use in indoor functions.

before Departing Kenya

  • Passengers travelling out of Kenya are required to abide by the travel, health and COVID-19 related requirements of the destination country
  • Pre-departure Covid-19 testing may be considered at the discretion of any of the airlines departing from or terminating in Kenya.
  • All travelers to countries requiring antigen testing hours before travel are required to undertake pre-travel rapid antigen test at the Ministry of Health (MOH) Port Health facility at the airport and the results uploaded to the Trusted Travel platform.
  • Various International airlines have their regulations concerning Covid-19 travel regulations and are changing from time to time hence we recommend guests check requirements with their booked airline ahead of time.

Departing Kenya

  • Kenya does not require a COVID-19 negative test at departure. However, it may be a requirement for your onward destination or the airline you will be using.  Kindly check and let us know so that we can arrange Covid- 19 test in accordance with your onward flight timings. The test can be done at our Camps in the Mara or Nairobi at the cost of USD 140 per person.
  • See full details about Government of Kenya entry requirements:  Kenya Civil Aviation Authority

Currently, the savannah is as enthralling as ever and filled with a variety of wildlife species in their large numbers. To witness these amazing animals in their natural habitat you’ll need to carefully plan your visit. All our camps are strategically located in the Masai Mara vicinity enabling you to have a memorable safari experience. Book your accommodation with Basecamp to ensure you’re at the right place to enjoy this once-in-a-lifetime life-changing adventure.

Join our safaris in Masai Mara today!

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