It is the guest’s responsibility to ensure they meet all COVID-19 related travel requirements and are up-to-date on travel restriction information. The Cottar’s team are here to help where we can and support you so your safari is as stress-free as possible. The below information serves to support you in your travels.
For the starting price of USD $16 AMREF’s Flying Doctors offer a medevac service from rural Kenyan places to Nairobi, which is inclusive of critical/emergency COVID-19 related medical air evacuation to cover travel for a period of 30 days or less. Contact AMREF here for more details, or contact us directly to facilitate.
Prior to travelling, please make sure that you have medical insurance coverage that also includes treatment for COVID-19 whilst on vacation in Kenya.
Inbound to Kenya: COVID-19 Travel Kenyan Government Requirements
- COVID-19 Vaccination Certificate
- All travellers arriving into Kenya through any point of entry must have a certificate of COVID-19 vaccination. There will be no paper verification of COVID-19 test results and vaccination certificates upon arrival into Kenya. Airlines will be ensuring that all travellers have uploaded both documents into global haven before boarding via globalhaven.org
The following categories of travellers are exempt from the requirement:
- Travellers with medical conditions precluding vaccination. Such persons shall be required to provide a letter from a recognized medical practitioner detailing the medical reason precluding vaccination.
- Travellers who have recovered from an active COVID-19 infection or received convalescent plasma in the preceding 90 days. Such persons shall be required to provide a letter from a recognized medical practitioner showing that the person may have recovered from an active infection in the preceding 90 days.
- Returning unvaccinated Kenyans who have difficulty accessing vaccines in their current country of residence. Such persons must be prepared to be vaccinated immediately upon arrival and must register for vaccination on Chanjo-Ke platform before departure. Proof of registration shall be required before entry into the country.
- All travellers coming to Kenya who are fully vaccinated shall be exempt from the requirement of a PCR test.
- All eligible unvaccinated travellers arriving at any port of entry into Kenya must be in possession of a valid COVID-19 negative PCR test certificate conducted within 72 hours before departure regardless of the route of entry. Children below the age of five (5) years are exempt from this requirement.
- Unvaccinated travellers arriving at any point of entry shall be subjected to rapid antigen test at their own cost of 30 USD. Any person who tests positive on antigen RDT will be subjected to PCR test at their own further cost of 50 USD and self-isolate. Travellers below the age of five (5) years are exempt from this testing requirement.
- Passengers travelling out of Kenya will be required to abide by the particular travel, health and COVID-19 related requirements of the destination country
- Pre-departure testing may be considered at the discretion of any of the airlines departing from or terminating in Kenya.
- All travellers to countries requiring antigen testing hours before travel will be required to undertake a pre-travel rapid antigen test at the MOH Port Health facility at the airport and the results uploaded to the Trusted Travel platform.
- Traveller’s Health Surveillance Form
All travellers will be expected to fill the passenger locator form on the “jitenge” platform. All arriving travellers (including those in transit) are required to complete an online Travellers Health Surveillance Form from the Ministry of Health in Kenya. And thereafter submit daily health information for 14 consecutive days. Passengers will receive a QR code after completing the form, which they must then display to the Port Health Official on arrival and before proceeding through immigration.
Some airlines are advising that the QR code should be available prior to ﬂight departure. It is our recommendation to complete before ﬂight embarkation.
- E-Visa Implementation
All travellers to Kenya requiring an entry visa will need to have an e-visa, having applied for it ahead of travel online. Visas on arrival will no longer be available. Travellers may not be permitted to board the departing aircraft without it. E-visas can be applied for by visiting evisa.go.ke. If travellers are arriving from a country that requires quarantine, their visa must be provided 24 hours before boarding. To apply for your e-visa you will need to upload a copy of our Company Registration Certificate which you can find HERE
NOTE: It is advisable to print out all your documents IN COLOUR before arriving into Kenya, as this will vastly speed up the process on arrival at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport: your e-visa, your Health Surveillance QR code, and your PCR COVID-19 vaccination.
You can check the requirements for your travel HERE