Travel restrictions and quarantine requirements in Kenya – What you need to know

Like several other avid travelers, you too must have spent the major part of 2020 sitting inside your room due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In the early days of this crisis, international travel came to a halt as countries closed down their borders, hotels shutting down temporarily and airlines preserving their fleets.

In case you’re planning to travel to Kenya, you’ll be rather happy to know that the country resumed tourism on 1st August 2020. Since then, international flights are operating and passengers are even subject to different types of entry requirements.

Will the UK citizens require a visa to travel to Kenya?

Yes, you need to carry a visa to Kenya from UK if you wish to legally enter the nation. Nevertheless, you needn’t worry about the procedure of obtaining a visa to Kenya as the process is simple, fast and user-friendly. The travelers only need to fill out a digital form, wait for around 1-3 days for getting the visa approved and later on get their eVisa in their email inbox.

Vital information for travelers who are traveling to Kenya

  • Ensure you’re totally vaccinated before entering Kenya.
  • Travelers who are not vaccinated or who are at a higher risk of suffering from some form of illness due to COVID-19 should stay away from non-important travel to Kenya.
  • Travelers should follow all requirements and recommendations in Kenya that include staying 6 feet apart from others and wearing a mask.

Vital requirements for traveling to Kenya

  • Since midnight 24th May, 2021, each and every passenger or crew that arrives from the UK should have a proof of being tested negative in COVID-19 RT-PCR test. The test should have been taken not more than 96 hours before arriving in Kenya.
  • Irrespective of age, all travelers should carry a negative RT-PCR test report that has been verified through the TT (Trusted Travel Initiative) system and PanaBios system.
  • Travelers from few countries will have to quarantine for a span of 14 days. However, tourists from few other countries don’t have to quarantine for 14 days if they show a negative COVID-19 test report.
  • With any change in situation, all passenger flights, whether charter or commercial, might as well be suspended. These suspensions will be reviewed by the Kenyan government. Passengers reaching Kenya from the UK will need a valid COVID-19 vaccination certificate along with a negative RT-PCR test.
  • Since the 1st of January, 2021, the Republic of Kenya has introduced automated visa issuance. The option of receiving visa-on-arrival is no longer available post the aforementioned date.

Is it safe to travel to Kenya?

This is a question with a controversial answer as terrorists are most likely keen on planning out attacks in Kenya. In fact, there is an increased threat of terrorism all over this place. Attacks are done in the form of terrorist kidnaps and targeting Westerners. Attacks may occur any day, even on public or religious days.

So, if you’re tired of being locked in your home and you’re eager to visit Kenya, keep in mind the above-mentioned information and details. Follow the COVID-19 travel advice to stay safe.

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