The consequences of the coronavirus have also been severe in Kenya. The outbreak of the Covid-19 virus has, among other things, led to a temporary travel ban. This includes travellers that had already received a visa. On this page you can find the current state of affairs surrounding travelling to Kenya during and after the coronavirus crisis. Last update: 06-08-2020.
What is the situation surrounding the coronavirus in Kenya?
As of the moment of writing (06-08-2020) Kenya has reported 23,873 official cases of coronavirus infections. Of those, 391 people died as a result of the coronavirus. Although the number of infections in Kenya remained relatively low at first, it has quickly increased in the last few weeks. The Kenyan government has therefore taken drastic measures to stop the spread of the virus. These include:
- A curfew, between 21:00 and 04:00
- A requirement to carry a mask when in public areas
- A ban on the usage of more than 50% of the seats in transportation vehicles
The previous ban on travelling between domestic cities and regions was lifted on 6 July. However, the curfew was extended by another 30 days.
Can I already apply for a visa for a planned trip to Kenya?
It is possible to already apply for a visa for Kenya for a planned holiday or business trip. Newly submitted applications will likely be approved starting 1 September. The exact date is still unknown. This is entirely dependent on the developments of the coronavirus in Kenya and in the rest of the world.
Can I still use my Kenya visa during the coronavirus crisis?
The visa has a validity term. If this term has not expired yet at the moment the entry ban is lifted, the visa can in all likelihood still be used. However, this has not been officially confirmed by the Kenyan government. As such, no guarantees can be given. Keep a close eye on this page about the state of affairs surrounding the coronavirus in Kenya to stay informed about this.
CThe coronavirus (Covid-19) in Kenya has led to a temporary entry ban.
When can I travel to Kenya again?
Starting 1 August, all international flights to Kenya are resumed once more. However, there are strict requirements for travelling to Kenya: Travellers arriving in Kenya must carry a PCR test with them which was taken a maximum of 96 hours before their arrival in Kenya. Travellers cannot have a body temperature above 37,5° C, and there can be no cases of persistent coughing, respiratory problems or other flue-like symptoms.
On arrival, travellers from certain countries must spend 14 days in quarantine. Travellers from countries of which the Kenyan government believes that the risk of spreading of the coronavirus is low to average do not need to go into quarantine. This includes, among other countries, the United Kingdom, Germany, France and The Netherlands. Each day, the Kenyan Health Department makes a new assessment of the risk profile of these countries. Keep in mind that the quarantine mandate can change on a daily basis.
Also keep a close eye on the travel advice of the government. Currently, it is not advised to travel to Kenya due to the coronavirus. When this advice will change is not yet known.
Can and/or should I return to the UK?
The British government recommends returning if this is possible. However, due to all of the coronavirus measures in place this can prove an impossible task. If you are still in Kenya and want to return to the United Kingdom, contact the British embassy. The embassy has insight in any potential repatriation flights and can also provide you with advice on the remainder of your stay in Kenya if returning is not possible. Check with local authorities if you can extend your visa if you are unable to leave the country.
Travellers returning to the UK from Kenya will be required to self-quarantine for 14 days.
Where can I claim the financial damages of the coronavirus?
If your planned trip to Kenya cannot go through because of the coronavirus, you likely suffered financial damages. If your flight has been cancelled you can, depending on the airline, often receive a full refund of the cost of the flight ticket. Some airlines are currently working with vouchers, as the coronavirus has caused them so much damage that they are unable to pay everyone back. With a voucher, a different flight can be booked at a later stage.
Aside from an unused flight ticket, the coronavirus can also have resulted in financial drawbacks in a different way. Due to the coronavirus, any booked and prepaid for accommodations in Kenya cannot be visited. And you also might have applied for a Kenya visa which was issued, but which you cannot use due to the coronavirus. You might be able to claim these damages with your travel insurance. In any case, the government of Kenya will not reimburse any of these costs.
Disclaimer: this article has been put together with great care from available information. However, no guarantee can be given that it is at all times up to date and provides a complete and correct image of the current situation of the coronavirus in Kenya. Check with your airline if your flight will proceed before you apply for the Kenya visa.