Kenya is a popular destination for tourist during winter. Make sure you read up on all the rules, such as getting a visa and getting tested for COVID.

Kenya was one of the first countries to open its borders again to foreign tourists during the COVID-19 pandemic. Unsurprisingly, many people have taken advantage of this by booking some nice, sunny holidays in this beautiful African country. However, there are still some coronavirus-related rules to observe if you plan to travel to Kenya. Are you looking to escape the cold winter? Read here which preparations you need to make; from taking coronavirus tests to applying for a Kenya visa.

Kenya visa

This rule already existed before the coronavirus pandemic. Tourists require a Kenya visa to enter the country. Fortunately, since 2021, all Kenya visa are applied for online. So no more cumbersome trips to the embassy to have your passport stamped. To apply for the visa, you first fill in an online form. You will be asked a number of questions about your trip and your personal details. You will then need to upload some documents: a picture of yourself, a scan of your passport, a booking confirmation for the hotel or other accommodation where you will be staying in Kenya (or a letter of invitation if you are staying with family or friends), and finally a confirmation of your return flight. The visa will then be issued within roughly one week. The e-visa for Kenya will be sent by e-mail.

Everyone aged 16 and over need their own visa. Younger children do not need to apply for a visa for Kenya, but they do need to have their own passport that is valid for at least six months at the time of arrival.

Taking a coronavirus test

Before departing for Kenya, all travellers must have taken a coronavirus test. The only exceptions are children under 5 years of age. This must be done a maximum of 96 hours before departure, and only PCR tests are accepted in Kenya. Before departure, you need the result of this test to create a Trusted Travel Code. You also need to be able to show this on arrival in Kenya. Additionally, on arrival in Kenya your body temperature may not exceed 37.5 °C.

Fill in a health form

You also have to fill in a health form (“Travellers Health Surveillance Form”) before departure. In this form you are asked, among other things, whether you have symptoms of the coronavirus. After submitting the form, a copy of it will be sent by e-mail with a QR code on it. You need to print this document and bring it with you to Kenya. On arrival, the immigration service will scan the QR code and you will be allowed to enter the country.

Once you have arrived in Kenya, you can receive questions regarding your health from the Ministry of Health of Kenya up to 14 days after arrival. This can be done via SMS or the Jitenge App.

Vaccination required?

Unlike most other countries, you are not required to be fully vaccinated when travelling to Kenya. Kenyan authorities will not check for vaccination status on arrival. Of course, it is always recommended being fully vaccinated when travelling abroad, as this will greatly reduce the chance of coronavirus infection. Additionally, while Kenya may not require full vaccination, your home country may. In the UK, for example, you will need to quarantine for 10 days on your return if you are not fully vaccinated.

November 2021
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