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This topic is for members, (including travel professionals) to share relevant Covid updates for Kenya.


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Thanks, Matt.

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Nairobi and four other counties in total lockdown (no travel in or out by any means) until further notice.


“There shall be a cessation of all movement by road, rail or air into and out of the disease-infected area as one zone area, effective midnight today until otherwise notified,” President Kenyatta ordered on Friday afternoon."



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Thanks for the unfortunate news @janzin.

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I wonder how this is going to affect airline flights transiting through JKIA in Nairobi?


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Apparently international flights are still operating, so if one was solely transiting, and not leaving the airport, I would think there wouldn't be a problem.  Kenya Airways has suspended domestic operations, according to their web site.




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Tourists only have until Monday to get back to Nairobi and depart.


"Tourism CS Najib Balala has announced that both domestic and international tourists who need to go back home via Nairobi have until March 29 mid-day to be in Nairobi."




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Tom Kellie

~ @janzin:


Thank you for posting these updates.


The clarifications in respose to questions from @offshorebirderare especially useful.


Stay well Safaritalk friends in Nairobi, including @optigand @Anthony Gitau.


           Tom K.

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Very confusing.


"Following our communiqué of yesterday, we are pleased to inform you that the Kenya Civil Aviation Authority (KCAA) has allowed international tourist flights to operate domestically after the previously set deadline of Monday 29th March 2021.

Airkenya will accept all international tourists’ bookings from Travel Agents and Tour operators to all the destinations served in the Airkenya network."






"In compliance with the Presidential Executive Order No. 2 dated 26th March 2021, Kenya Civil Aviation Authority (KCAA) wishes to clarify that as fron 6.00pm today (29th March 2021), all domestic passenger fights into and out of the zoned area of Nairobi, Kajiado, Machakos, Kiambu and Nakuru shall cease to operate until further notice.

This includes international tourists on planned itineraries with tour operators and travel agents.


domestic flight ban includes international tourists


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The UK government has announced that from 04:00 on the 9th of April, Kenya will be added to the UK’s red list of travel ban countries, along with Bangladesh, Pakistan and the Philippines.


Countries added to red list to protect UK against variants of concern


Coronavirus (COVID-19): red list travel ban countries


This will mean that after that date, British and Irish citizens and anyone who has right of residence in the UK, who has travelled through Kenya within the last 10 days, will have to quarantine for 11 nights in a government approved hotel, at a cost of £1,750, all other travellers will be denied entry.  


Currently in the UK it is still illegal to take foreign holidays, so no one here should be going to Kenya on holiday or be in Kenya on holiday, but you can travel on essential business or for family reasons, so anyone going for those reasons would be affected and anyone in Kenya wanting to come here would also be affected, I'm sure this will be a headache for a few people in Kenya right now. 


Travel from the Philippines, Pakistan, Kenya and Bangladesh is to be banned from next week, the government says.






No direct flight bans from the four countries will be put in place, but passengers are advised to check their travel plans before departing for England.


Simon Calder, travel editor at the Independent, said the government has "plenty of evidence that there's a risk from new variants of concern coming in from these countries" and is alarmed about numbers.

But he said the changes could cause a "great deal of problems" for many in the UK whose family live in the four affected countries as they now have less than a week to get home if they are overseas.


He said "bookings are soaring" ahead of next Friday.




Quarantine would apply even if you’ve only transited through Nairobi on the way to somewhere else, but it’s fairly unlikely that you would be going to another African country, that isn’t already on the red list. Perhaps Uganda which is currently not on the list, but Ethiopia, Tanzania, Rwanda and all of the Southern African countries are on the red list.


I also read today, that US citizens who are fully vaccinated can travel anywhere, I suspect if you are a US citizen visiting Kenya, that you would not be allowed to transit through London on your way home, even if you are fully vaccinated, I cannot find any information on the UK government websites, suggesting that the fully vaccinated would not have to quarantine, currently in the UK close to 5 million have been fully vaccinated, I would think a few people here will want to know if they still have to quarantine when foreign holidays are legal again. I suspect that US citizens might need to fly to Nairobi via say Frankfurt, anyone from the US thinking of going to Kenya this year, should look into this    


I don’t know when any of the countries on the red list, might be taken off it, or when we might scrap the list entirely.  


There are currently 39 countries on the UK’s red list.

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Kenya is not so happy about what the UK bans means for tourism


vaccine apartheid is a little strong


Issues their own quarantine restriction for those traveling from/through the uk:


All travellers coming to Kenya from the UK require a valid COVID-19 vaccination certificate and a COVID-19 negative PCR test and must self-isolate on arrival for 7 days.


All UK citizens and residents travelling to Kenya from the UK via any route who have a valid COVID-19 PCR test, but do not have a valid COVID-19 vaccination certificate, will be subject to 14 days mandatory quarantine on arrival at a Government of Kenya facility at their own cost.


All travellers under the age of 18 will only require a certificate of COVID-19 negative PCR test to enter Kenya.


All negative COVID-19 test result must prove that they have been taken within 96 hours of flying and be verified digitally through the Trusted Travel Initiative. For persons travelling to Kenya from countries not yet party to the Trusted Travel Initiative, the following Ministry of Health guidance is available. The UK Government is aware that some users of the Trusted Travel Initiative website have faced challenges when seeking to certify PCR COVID-19 test results obtained in the UK. The UK Government expects the Trusted Travel code requirement to be enforced flexibly while the new system beds in. In instances where travellers have been unable to verify their test online through the Trusted Travel Initiative website, Kenyan Port of Health Authorities will conduct manual verification using a hard copy of a negative PCR test result that has been stamped by the test centre as well as a hard copy of the official receipt for the payment of the PCR test.


The negative COVID-19 test must be a negative PCR test result. Travellers with a negative rapid test result will still need to enter mandatory or voluntary quarantine for 14 days, depending on the Kenyan authorities’ assessment on the traveller’s ability to quarantine.


Kenyan citizens will only be required to present a negative PCR test on arrival.


All travellers will be screened on arrival; anyone displaying symptoms of COVID-19 will be required to quarantine in the place they are staying for the first 14 days of their stay and observe Government of Kenya protocols as directed. Passengers travelling in the 2 rows surrounding the person displaying symptoms will be traced and required to quarantine for 14 days.




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