Here are our updated guidelines to help you travel to Kenya now! Our team is dedicated to making your travel experience as seamless and safe as possible, and to keep you regularly informed throughout.

As we continue to monitor the ever-changing pandemic, we will be regularly monitoring and adjusting this information to keep you up to date on all the latest travel guidelines.

Firstly, international flights to Kenya are open, the number of COVID-19 cases are relatively low and the Kenyan government is welcoming visitors back to our beautiful country.

COVID-19 Vaccination
Kenya has begun rolling out the COVID-19 vaccine for its citizens and all our staff have received their vaccinations. 

In this document we will cover:

  • Getting To Kenya
  • Property Protocols
  • New Bookings
  • Existing Bookings
  • Travelling in Kenya

Getting to Kenya

We are thrilled that Kenya opened its doors to international travellers and we can’t wait to share our magical corner of the world with you all.

Kenya has been awarded the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) ‘Safe Travel Stamp’ in recognition of the standardized global health and hygiene protocols that the government and private sectors have put in place.

To put your mind at ease we would like to give you a ‘heads-up’ on what to expect throughout your journey to Kenya and during your stay in Kenya.

The Official Kenyan Government Protocol Document



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 document serves to support you in your travels.

Flying Doctors

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

  1. COVID-19 Vaccination Certificate
    Effective from the 24th December 2021 ALL passengers travelling to and from Kenya are required to register and upload their PCR vaccine certificates on before boarding. There will be no manual verification of paper PCR certificates on arrival.
    All passengers with flu-like symptoms at the point of entry or those who develop clinical symptoms within 14 days of arrival shall be placed into quarantine and be tested for COVID-19 at a government testing facility. Any person who tests positive on antigen RDT at any point of entry will be isolated at a Ministry of Health designated facility or at home for returning Kenyans and residents for ten (10) days at the travellers own cost. Further, they shall be subjected to a COVID-19 PCR test before discharge.
  2. COVID-19 Negative Certificate
    All inbound travellers over 5 years of age, even those only transiting Kenya, must carry a PCR COVID-19 negative certificate taken within 72 hours before departure that can be digitally certified through the Trusted Travel Initiative. All travellers must register for a Trusted Travel Code (TT Code) prior to arriving in Kenya. This is an online process to be actioned as soon as the negative PCR test results have been received. Please click HERE to find out how this is done.
  3. Traveller’s Health Surveillance Form
    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.
  4. 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 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 test.

You can check the requirements for your travel HERE


Government Health Check

  1. Passengers are required to present a PCR COVID-19 negative certificate, TT code and QR code. Without this, you will be required to quarantine for 14 days in government facilities, at your own cost.
  2. All travellers will be screened on arrival and required to quarantine for 14 days if they display symptoms of COVID-19.
  3. Passengers whose certificates expire while in transit will be required to deposit their passport with the airport Port of Health Authorities and facilitate testing in a recognized facility at their own cost. This includes those transiting through Kenya.


No countries need to quarantine when entering Kenya

Domestic Travel

Domestic airlines require you to wear a face mask at all times. 

Please note that some scheduled flights require you to wear a surgical face mask (not the material ones).


Outbound from Kenya: COVID-19 Kenyan Government Requirements

On Departure

Kenya does not require COVID-19 testing before departure. However, all passengers departing Kenya must ensure they know and abide by the COVID-19 testing requirements at the destination and /or transit points.

  1. To obtain a COVID-19 RT-PCR, passengers are advised to visit authorized laboratories to take a COVID-19 RT-PCR test and be issued with Trusted Travel (TT) code that can be verified by airlines and Port Health Authorities. A list of authorized laboratories can be accessed at or
  2. The passenger will receive a text message (SMS) from panaBIOS and in addition, an email from the testing laboratory and/or with a link to guide the passenger on how to generate a travel code at Travelers are encouraged to check their emails including the spam folder for feedback. All COVID-19 RT-PCR approved testing laboratories in Kenya have been added to the TT system.
  3. Departing passengers can enter the TT code on their certificates online at

Transiting Kenya

  1. To obtain a COVID-19 RT PCR test, passengers are advised to visit authorized laboratories to undertake the test and be issued with Trusted Travel (TT) code that can be verified by airlines and Port Health Authorities. The latest requirements for testing can be obtained from
    1. Guests can obtain a test in Kenya relatively easily through authorized laboratories (see list of authorized laboratories HERE), (or through a service provided at camp – see below for camp service).
  2. Passengers transiting Kenya from jurisdictions where TT is not available will use or Global Haven via the trusted travel portal to generate a travel stamp.
  3. Upon successful validation, passengers are issued with a secondary travel stamp (TC code) by the system for exit approval for Kenya.

NOTE: The COVID-19 test needs to be done 96 hours before departure.


There are government protocols in place for your safety and the safety of our staff, which we must comply with. We will do our very best to accommodate every guest’s personal needs and requests to ensure every one is as comfortable as possible but these are protocols that every guest must adhere to when on safari with us.

We strive to be flexible, transparent and approachable at all times; we are here to help. Please do not hesitate to ask any of our team members any questions you may have, at any time.

We respect that not all of our guests will have the same needs with regards to COVID-19 protocols, therefore we have created a document to ask guests to provide details on the concerns they may have with regards to their health and safety during their stay. You will be sent this form before your arrival.

On arrival with Cottars

  • The temperature of all guests taken upon arrival
  • Hands washed or sanitized before entering camp
  • COVID-19 Declaration Form to be completed by guest/s upon arrival
  • All bags/luggage must be sprayed with disinfectant


Wearing a Mask: Wearing a mask at all times in public spaces is compulsory by law in Kenya, so please make sure to travel with a mask/s, we do provide a mask at each of our properties for your stay in Kenya. Masks to be worn at all times when not in your tent/room, except when you are eating and drinking.

Hand Sanitizer: There will be plenty of hand sanitiser available throughout your safari.

Daily Temperature Checks: As per the Kenyan regulations, we have to check your temperature daily throughout your stay with us.


Guides: It is up to you whether you would like your guide to host you at all/any meals.


  • Have undergone COVID-19 testing and a 14 day quarantine period prior to arrival at camp
  • Have completed specific COVID-19 training, including strict hand hygiene
  • Will wear their masks at all times
  • Will be screened and temperature checked daily


  • Full sanitization of vehicles between uses
  • Groups are given exclusive vehicle use
  • Four-guest limit per vehicle, if not the same group
  • Vehicles are kitted out with sanitiser
  • Vehicles have the option of a Perspex divider between guide/spotters and clients, clients may choose to have or not have the divider
  • Groups remain with the same driver, spotter and vehicle throughout their stay; the vehicle is fully disinfected after each use
  • Community visits and excursions will be done under strict COVID-19 protocols and will be single groups only
  • Gift shops will be open with sanitization upon entry, social distancing and UV light sanitiser left on overnight


  • Deep clean and full sanitization between every guest, with special focus on high touch areas such as light switches, handles, torches, etc.
  • Sanitiser in rooms wiped down and refilled between every guest
  • Protective gear is worn by team members when cleaning rooms/tents and sterilized between each room/tent
  • The same room steward and cleaning staff are assigned to one room for the duration of a guest’s stay


Seating at Meals

  • No communal tables or buffet-style dining
  • Private dining on verandas, lawn and at the swimming pool Mess Tent available
  • Focus on outdoor dining and bush meals
  • Thorough sanitization of all areas for eating before meals, including armrests, salt and pepper, menus, etc.


  • All F&B staff will observe the mandatory preventative measures at all times (waiters will be in a face mask and wearing gloves)
  • Seats and tables are cleaned and sanitized after each dining experience
  • Each group has their own dedicated and separate dining table and area, at a safe distance (at least 2 meters) from other guests
  • Mess Tent and communal areas: We thoroughly sanitize all public areas regularly, including especially armrests, cushions, toothpick holders, sugar dishes, salt and pepper shakers, butter dishes and other items that guests will hold on the table must be disinfected after use.


  • Reusable, complementary metal water bottles will continue to be provided
  • Refill stations require hand sanitization before use
For our full Covid-19 standard operating procedures, please click HERE



Support at Camp

Cottar’s Safaris have organized a complimentary one-off virtual doctor support system for clients whilst staying at the camp. This can be used for all emerging medical issues and initially for symptoms relating to COVID-19.

Testing Positive During Your Stay

Should you test positive or have symptoms whilst staying with us, Cottar’s does have an isolation tent. Patients can be isolated and supported at camp for mild cases. Virtual medical supervision would be accessible. For more severe cases that require hospitalization, we would support you and your family to connect with the relevant services. AMREF can medevac you to Nairobi safely and securely.

Once you have recovered from COVID-19 you can travel with written or electronic documentation of proof of a negative test that confirms this.


All our partner properties and third-party companies are adhering to strict safety protocols that match our own standards; strict hygiene protocols apply to all suppliers and deliveries.

New Bookings

Please note that we have updated our Terms & Conditions as of March 2021. We think you’ll be very pleased with our very generous new terms. Please make sure you read through them thoroughly so you’re up to date – you will need to agree and submit them before continuing with any new bookings with us. Get in touch to receive our new T&Cs:

Existing Bookings

Our recommendation is that you wait until closer to your travel dates before deciding whether to cancel or postpone your trip. We are trying to be as flexible as possible for existing bookings, so please contact us if you would like to discuss further. Our team will be happy to answer any questions or concerns you may have:

Travelling in Kenya


  • It is mandatory that you wear your masks when out in public 
  • Your temperature will be taken when entering most establishments. You may ask for them to take it on your wrist if you prefer.


There is a curfew in place in Kenya from 22:00 – 04:00.


Can you get a COVID-19 test before your departure?

Yes, COVID-19 tests are readily available in Nairobi. We also offer a concierge service for COVID-19 testing at camp.

There are two options

Option 1: The fee for the test is $100 pp and the transport fee to get the technician to camp is $250, which is a one-off fee that can be split between a group/groups. This option is more expensive but has a shorter turnaround time – usually 16-18 hours.

Option 2: Pumba based in the Mara cost $180 if they come to camp and $140 if they are met in the park somewhere – their turnaround time is 48 hours.

How long does it take to get the results?

The results come back within 48 hours. The test needs to be booked two days before the test needs to be taken.

Documents can be printed onsite if needed with our camp office computer.

If you would like more information or further support, please do not hesitate to contact us:

Please note that the information on this page is correct to the best of our knowledge, but may be subject to change as government and airline policies change. For all third party regulations and rules please double-check requirements directly.