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Kenya travel restrictions, quarantine and entry requirements in September 2023

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The travel advice is Exercise a high degree of caution to Kenya. Kenya is Open for travel. Get travel ban, restrictions alerts and advice before travelling to Kenya. Kenya is part of Africa with main city at Nairobi. Its Developing country with a population of 47M people. The main currency is Kenyan Shilling. The languages spoken are English and Swahili.
๐Ÿ‘ Developing ย  ๐Ÿ‘จโ€๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿ‘ฆโ€๐Ÿ‘ฆ 47M people

๐Ÿ›ก๏ธ Travel safety for Kenya

Exercise a high degree of caution

Terrorists maintain a strong interest in attacking foreigners in Nairobi and other major population centres in Kenya. Attacks could occur at any time and with little or no warning. Avoid areas prone to attack and remain vigilant if visiting public areas. See more 'Full Advice โ€“ Safety - Terrorism'. Protests can be expected across Kenya. Avoid protests and political gatherings. Follow the advice of local authorities. We advise: Exercise a high degree of caution in Kenya overall due to the high crime levels and the threat of terrorist attack. Higher levels apply in some areas.

๐Ÿšจ Travel Advice for Kenya

Open for travel

For entry into Kenya

International travel to Kenya is permitted. It is necessary to comply with requirements to ensure entry is allowed.

Vaccinations and vaccinated travel

Travelers who present a valid certificate for full vaccination against COVID-19 are exempt from pre-departure testing requirements.
The final dose must have been administered at least 14 days before departure.
Authorized vaccines include those approved by the World Health Organization (WHO). Full details can be found at

Test/medical certificate required

Non-vaccinated travelers are required to provide proof of a negative PCR test, taken within the previous 72 hours, on departure.
Non-vaccinated travelers arriving without testing documentation will undergo rapid antigen testing upon arrival, at a cost of $30 USD. Those testing positive will be administered a PCR test for $50 USD and will be required to self-isolate.

Other medical measures

All passengers are subject to health screening on arrival, such as temperature checks and visual assessment. Further health testing will be required for those displaying symptoms of COVID-19.
Additionally, those with flu-like symptoms will be required to fill out the passenger locator form on the โ€˜Jitengeโ€™ platform. - Jitenge platform
For more details Kenya Civil Aviation Authority

Government measures

All public and political gatherings are not allowed and events are limited to a maximum of 100 people. Although restrictions are gradually lifting, they may be re-introduced at any time and preventative health measures remain encouraged. We recommend keeping up-to-date with official guidelines throughout your trip.

Use of masks

Face masks are recommended but should not replace other safety measures such as social distancing.

Public transport

Public transportation is operating as usual.


Restaurants are open with reduced capacity to allow for social distancing and pre-entry health checks may be required.


Bars are open until 11 pm and pre-entry health checks may be required.


Nightclubs are open until 11 pm and pre-entry health checks may be required.


Shops and services are open with adapted safety measures in place, such as pre-entry health checks, the use of hand sanitizer, and social distancing.

On return

Vaccination required

Travelers are required to present a valid international certificate for full vaccination against COVID-19 with the use of an approved vaccine.
The final dose must have been administered at least 14 days before departure. Certificates must be in English or in Chinese.
Those who have recently recovered from COVID-19 and received one dose of vaccination, at least 14 days before departure, are also considered fully vaccinated.
There are exemptions for non-vaccinated citizens and residents.
Full details can be found at

Test/medical certificate required

Proof of a negative rapid antigen test, taken within the previous 24 hours, must be provided on departure.
Test certificates must be in English or Chinese.

Testing on arrival

A nucleic acid test will be administered upon arrival and apart from the transfer from the airport, proof of a negative test result is required to leave the place of residence.

Additional test requirements

Daily rapid antigen testing is required for the first 5 days after arrival. Additionally, travelers must undergo a PCR test on day 2.
Daily antigen results can be reported via the 'Electronic COVID-19 monitoring & surveillance system' (eCMSS). Instructions can be found at

Travel restriction details for Kenya

๐Ÿšซ Destination No quarantine
๐Ÿ›ฌ Return Quarantine may be required
๐Ÿ–๏ธ Some Visitors
๐Ÿฝ๏ธ Restaurants & bars Open with restrictions
๐Ÿ›๏ธ Open shopping
๐ŸšŒ Operational transport
๐Ÿ“… events Partially Allowed

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