A holiday or business trip to Kenya is possible again. Last year, the Kenyan government closed its borders because of the coronavirus. The borders have now been reopened for tourists and business travellers. Before you leave for Kenya, read on this page which coronavirus rules you should still take into account. Last update: 26 November 2021.

Before you go on holiday to Kenya

The Kenyan government does not check whether you have been vaccinated against the coronavirus. You also do not have to go into quarantine after arrival, unless you have a temperature higher than 37.5° C or show symptoms of coronavirus/Covid-19 on arrival. The information on this page applies to travellers with the nationality of The United Kingdom, Ireland, Switzerland and all (other) countries in the European Union.

Step 1 | Applying for your Kenya visa

One of the most important preparations for your trip to Kenya is to go through the application process for the Kenya visa. Applying for a visa can be done easily online, and after the visa has been granted you will receive it digitally. All you have to do is print it out and take it with you on your trip.
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Step 2 | Take a PCR coronavirus test

You must have a Covid-19 PCR test administered no later than 96 hours before departure of your flight to Kenya. An exception is made for children under the age of five. Keep the test results safe and take them with you to Kenya. All travellers aged five years or older must show the test result upon arrival. In addition, the test result must be used before departure to create a Trusted Travel Code, which can be created on the Trusted Travel website.

Step 3 | Fill in your health declaration

Just before you go on your holiday, you have to fill in a health declaration. After applying for your Kenya visa, the status page of your visa application shows how to fill out the health declaration. In the form with which you fill in the health declaration, you are asked whether you have Covid-19 related symptoms. If you have no symptoms, you will receive a copy of the health declaration by e-mail. On it, you will also find a QR code. You must print this confirmation and take it with you on your trip. Upon arrival in Kenya, the QR code will be scanned by the immigration service to check whether you have filled in the declaration.

Corona (Covid-19) led to a temporary travel ban i Kn Kenya.Corona (Covid-19) has led to a temporary entry ban in Kenya that has since been lifted.

Before returning from Kenya

When returning to the UK from Kenya, you must book and pay for a pre-departure COVID-19 test (to be taken in the 2 days before your return flight) and a post-arrival PCR test. You must also complete a passenger locator form in the 48 hours before your arrival. You must quarantine in your home or the place you are staying until you receive the test result. If the test result is negative, you can end your quarantine. If the test result is positive, you must self-isolate for 10 days. The day you took the test counts as day 0.

If you are not fully vaccinated, you must book and pay for an additional test (to be taken on day 8 after your arrival) and quarantine at home for 10 days.

Well-prepared for your holiday to Kenya

Travel advice from the British government

The above information comes from the Kenyan government, which is again encouraging tourists and business travellers to visit Kenya. The British government recently placed Kenya on the amber travel list, meaning they believe the COVID-19 situation to have improved in the country. Bear in mind that the north-eastern part of Kenya is considered a high-risk area due to the presence of terrorist groups. If you wish, you can sign up here to be kept informed by e-mail about the travel advice for Kenya.

Coronavirus rules can change

Bear in mind that the coronavirus rules can change at any time. This applies to the coronavirus prevention measures determined by the Kenyan government, but also to those of the British government. It is therefore wise to book a flight or holiday that you can change or cancel free of charge. It is also advisable to check with your travel agent, before booking and again before departure, whether there are any additional measures that you should take into account. Also check if your travel insurance covers any coronavirus-related damages, for example if your trip has to be cancelled. You might be able to recover some of the costs of your trip through your travel organisation, but the cost of the Kenya visa cannot be refunded.

Preparation not related to COVID-19

This page explains the rules related to the coronavirus that you should definitely take into account. To be well-prepared for your trip to Kenya, it is advisable to also read the general travel advice for Kenya. You must also meet the Kenya visa requirements, which also applied before COVID-19.


Disclaimer: This article about the coronavirus in Kenya is updated regularly with great care. Nevertheless, no guarantee can be given that all the information in this article is at all times current and complete. Please check with your travel agent whether your travel plans are likely to go ahead and whether there are any additional requirements you should take into account before applying for your Kenya visa.