Health Alert: Kenya Requires Digitally Verified COVID-19 Test to Enter or Depart
In case a traveller has symptoms such as a fever that is above (37.5 oC /99.5 oF), and other COVID-like symptoms, Port Health Services present at the airport will handle the traveller in accordance to public health protocols.
Frequently Asked Questions(FAQs)
What should be the validity of the COVID test certificate when travelling to Kenya?
All PCR COVID tests should be valid for 72hours from the date the test is taken till arrival at the destination – Kenya.
Are all ages being tested?
Yes, all ages are being tested including infants.
Will PCR tests be accepted if flights are re-scheduled or delayed?
In case the validity of the test is beyond the requirement for the traveller’s destination, it is mandatory to re-test according to the compliance of the country of entry.
Do I have to present a PCR COVID-19 Certificate at the boarding gate when travelling to Kenya?
Yes, a negative PCR COVID test is required for all passengers who are either:
Terminating their travel in Kenya or, transiting through Kenya (i.e. travellers connecting to any route through Kenya – JKIA)
This is an important requirement for all destination countries. It is therefore important that a traveller confirms the COVID requirements and expected information specific to the destination country before travel.
Note: PCR test is not required for domestic travel within Kenya.
Transit passengers: What is the requirement for passengers transiting Kenya e.g. Guangzhou to Dakar via Nairobi?
For direct connections to an onward flight, COVID-19 protocols will be applicable at the JKIA Nairobi.
All guests transiting Kenya MUST have a negative PCR Covid Certificate. In case the passenger has a long transit with a stopover in Kenya, the PCR COVID-19 test certificate should be valid for 72 hours from the date the test is taken till arrival at transit destination – Kenya and to the final destination as per the COVID requirements for arriving passengers.
Is there a form being filled by travellers when entering Kenya?
Yes, there is a mandatory medical form that requires to be filled before arrival in Nairobi, Kenya. In case this is not filled, passengers will be penalized. Use the link below to access it. https://ears.health.go.ke/airline_registration/
All travellers entering or departing Kenya must present a digitally-verified negative COVID-19 PCR test.
Outbound travellers: All outgoing travellers must obtain a negative COVID-19 certificate in accordance with the trusted Traveller (TT) Initiative (www.africacdc.org/trusted-travel) and the PanaBios system (www.panabios.org).
Travelers who intend to depart Kenya must first visit an authorized laboratory, obtain a PCR COVID-19 test with a negative result, and be issued a TT code that will be verified by airlines and immigration authorities. The traveller will receive a text message (SMS) from PanaBios as well as an email from the testing laboratory and/or from firstname.lastname@example.org with a link to guide the traveller on how to generate a Travel Code at trustedtravel.panabios.org. If the test results meet Kenya’s exit requirements, a Travel Code is issued to the traveller online.
All COVID-19 testing laboratories must use the TT process when issuing COVID-19 testing certificates.
Inbound travellers: The government of Kenya also announced that the new TT electronic verification system will also apply to the negative COVID-19 certificates that are already required for travellers who are entering Kenya.
Travelers with additional questions about these new requirements should contact the Kenya’s Ministry of Health or Kenya Embassy Dakar.