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. They include; 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.
Some of the requirements during travel to Kenya include;
- All countries have been removed from the quarantine/self-isolation lists.
- From 28th December 2021, there will be no paper verification of COVID-19 test results and vaccination certificates upon arrival in Kenya. Airlines should ensure that all travelers have uploaded both documents into global haven before boarding via www.globalhaven.org
- From 21st December 2021, all passengers coming to Kenya must be in possession of a valid COVID-19 negative PCR test certificate conducted within 72 hours before departure to Kenya regardless of the route of entry- Children less than 5 years old are exempted from the COVID-19 testing requirement.
- From 21st December 2021, all passengers 18 years and above arriving in Kenya MUST have a Covid-19 vaccination certificate upon entry into the country.
- All travellers with flu-like symptoms at the point of entry or those who develop clinical symptoms within 14 days of arrival shall be placed into quarantine and be tested for COVID 19 at a government testing facility.
- From 2nd December 2021, travellers originating from or transiting through South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Malawi, Eswatini, Lesotho, Namibia, Mozambique, Zambia, Ghana & Nigeria will undergo a free rapid antigen test on arrival for surveillance purposes. Those who test positive must take a PCR test then isolate awaiting results. Positive passengers must isolate for 10 days at a government-approved isolation facility at their own cost with a repeat PCR test on day 7.
- The requirement to upload your PCR test onto the Trusted Travel Platform is no longer required. However, all travellers irrespective of nationality coming to Kenya shall be required to use the Jitenge platform to complete a Health Surveillance document, raising a unique QR code, required for entry into Kenya.
- After submitting the travel surveillance form, travellers are advised to download the QR code. Passengers will be required to display the received QR codes to port health officials on arrival for them to be allowed to proceed to arrival immigration.
- Travellers can access the digital passenger locator form here or via the “Jitenge” app, downloadable from Google Playstore (Android users only) while iPhone users should make sure to use Chrome or Firefox when accessing the form via the URL.
- Upon submission of the digital locator form, a QR code will be sent to your email address.
- Passengers whose Covid-19 certificates expire while on transit will be required to deposit their passports with the airport Port of Health Authorities and facilitate testing in a recognized facility at their own cost.
- All travellers will be required to wear a face mask and observe social distancing.
- Due to the rapidly- evolving situation, Travellers are advised to check with their airlines, transit countries, and final destination on the most updated travel requirements.
- Full details of the Government of Kenya Protocols can be found on the Kenya Civil Aviation Authority website.
- From 21st December 2021, all passengers departing Kenya will be required to show a certificate of COVID-19 full vaccination, unless they have a certificate of exemption from a medical practitioner.
- As of 21st December 2021, if guest tests positive before leaving Kenya, they will be required to isolate at a Government Approved Isolation Facility at their own cost for 10 days followed by an additional PCR test prior to discharge at their own cost.
- All passengers departing Kenya also must ensure they know and abide by the COVID-19 testing requirements at their destination and /or transit points. Kindly note, some International Airlines are changing pre- travel conditions from time to time hence we recommend guests check requirements with their booked airline from time to time.
- Basecamp Explorer Kenya will arrange on-site COVID-19 tests for all in-house guests staying at Basecamp Masai Mara, Eagle View and Leopard Hill who require to present documented results before entering their country of residence or to board their onward flight. We have also set up a partnership with an accredited medical testing laboratory to provide Trusted Travel (TT) verification code for guests as required. We will make arrangements for guests covid testing at our camp at a cost of USD 140 per person. Please discuss your travel plans and testing requirements at the time of booking.
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.
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