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: 17 September 2021.
Before you go on holiday to Kenya
The Kenyan government does not check whether you have been vaccinated against the coronavirus. Travellers from the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, France, Spain and Italy do not have to go into quarantine after arrival, unless they have a temperature higher than 37.5° C or show symptoms of coronavirus/Covid-19 on arrival. Travellers from the United Kingdom, regardless of nationality, travel route and country of residence, must undergo a seven-day post-arrival quarantine, and another coronavirus test four days after arrival.
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 this 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 symptoms that belong to the coronavirus. 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. On 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) has led to a temporary entry ban in Kenya that has since been lifted.
During your stay in Kenya
To prevent further spread of the coronavirus, a curfew is in place in Kenya. This means that between 22:00 and 04:00, you must remain in your hotel, resort or other type of accommodation. Even before the outbreak of the coronavirus, it was recommended not to walk the streets after sunset. Please also note that many bars and restaurants close between 19:00 and 20:30.
Before returning from Kenya
Before leaving Kenya, you must take another coronavirus test. The test result must also be used to create a new Trusted Travel Code for the return journey. Upon departure, you will be asked to show this code at the airport. Before returning to the UK, you must:
- Book and pay for a day 2 COVID-19 test, to be taken after you arrive
- Fill out a passenger locator form, at maximum 48 hours before you are set to arrive
No pre-departure test or quarantine is needed if you are fully vaccinated. if you are not fully vaccinated, you must take a pre-departure test at maximum 3 days before your arrival, and book a day 8 COVID-19 test on top of the day 2 test. You must also quarantine at home for 10 days.
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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.