Kenya Travel Updates

RESUMPTION OF INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTS IN KENYA

The resumption of international flights in Kenya from the 1st of August 2020 marks 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).

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

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. 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;

Arrival

  • From 01 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 
  • On 1st May 2021, the Kenyan government lifted cessation of movement into and out of the five counties locked down since 26th March 2021 as part of its Covid-19 control measures, namely Nairobi, Kiambu Machakos, Kajiado and Nakuru. This means both domestic and international travellers can now access our camps from across the country.
  • All arriving passengers on international flights must show a PCR COVID-19 negative certificate carried out within 96 hours before travel to Kenya that has been digitally verified through the Trusted Travel (TT) Initiative or Global Haven. Please see Travel Guide from Kenya’s Ministry of Health manual on how to do this; follow the steps outlined in Part Two of this document to verify your results before arrival in Kenya. Passengers who do not have such a test may be denied entry to Kenya.
  • All travellers arriving in Kenya need to complete a Health Surveillance Form pre disembarkation to show at immigration.
  • 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.
  • All passengers whose temperature is NOT above 37.5oC (99.5oF) and do not have a persistent cough, difficulty breathing, or other flu-like symptoms shall be exempt from quarantine.
  • 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.

Domestic Travellers

  • Effective 18th June 2021, The Kenya Government has introduced a digital domestic travel locator card system, which will generate a QR code to present to Port Health Officials at domestic arrivals.
  • All domestic travellers must fill out this form 24 hours before their domestic flight.
  • 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.

Departure

  • As of January 11, 2021, travellers departing Kenya going to a country requiring presentation of a negative PCR Covid-19 certificate, must have a Trusted Travel (TT) code that can be verified by airlines and Port Health Authorities. These travelers must first visit an authorized facility to obtain a PCR test with a negative result, and be issued a TT code that can be verified by airlines and immigration authorities. Please take a look at this Travel Guide by Kenya’s Ministry of Health follow the steps outlined in Part One of this document. If the test results meet Kenya’s exit requirements, a Travel Code is issued to the traveler online.
  • Basecamp Explorer Kenya will offer 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. Testing will be facilitated by a qualified Clinical Officer, stationed at our camp and the test results will be available within 48 hrs at USD 250 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 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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