CURRENT ENTRY RULES IN RESPONSE TO CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) - Updated 20 August 2020: The suspension of international flights to and from Kenya was lifted on 01 August 2020. The Kenyan Ministry of Foreign Affairs have advised that:
Travellers arriving from the UK and other selected countries are not required to enter mandatory quarantine for 14 days, as long as they have a negative COVID-19 test. A list of approved countries can ve viewed here: https://kcaa.or.ke/quarantine-exempted-states - this list may be updated at any time and without warning. For these travellers:
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.
The test must have been taken within 96 hours of flying.
Travellers must have a medical certificate confirming they are free from coronavirus. All travellers will be screened on arrival and 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.
Travellers from countries not on the list who are considered LOW or MEDIUM risk are required to quarantine for 14 days on arrival.
It is expected that these rules will be lifted and that the entry requirements will revert to normal as soon as the government of Kenya deems it safe to do so.
Normally, a visa is required for entry into Kenya when travelling as a tourist. Whilst tourists to Kenya can still obtain a visa upon arrival at the port of entry (payment by credit card ONLY) it is now strongly advised to apply online for your visa via the eVisa portal https://www.ecitizen.go.ke/. A full list of the nationalities who can be issued with an eVisa can be found here: http://evisa.go.ke/eligibility.html.
If you apply online, please ensure that you apply at least 3-4 weeks prior to your travel dates as approval for the eVisa takes up to 7 working days to process. Once the eVisa is issued, it is valid for 3 months. You must print a copy of your visa to present to the Immigration Officer at your point of entry.
The following eVisa types are available (please note there are no visa fees for children under the age of 16) - all costs subject to change:
Single Entry - Allows you to enter into Kenya once - current cost USD 51.
Transit - Allows a short stop over (up to 3 days/72 hours) in Kenya - current cost USD 21. This is ideal if you want to leave the secure area of the airport, for example for an overnight stay inbetween flights, or for a period not exceeding 72 hours. No visa is required for a direct transit (not leaving the secure area of the airport, aka staying ‘airside’, within the airport terminal) between 2 flights.
It is also possible to get an East Africa Tourist Visa which is valid for 90 days and allows holders to travel to and within Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda - current cost USD 100 per person (subject to change) - but you can only apply for this at the point of entry or via your local Embassy.
Your passport should also be valid for a minimum period of 6 months from the date of entry into Kenya. Make sure you have 2 blank pages in your passport on arrival.
IMPORTANT: Plastic bags are banned in Kenya. Arriving visitors are requested to avoid bring plastic bags into the country and being in possession of a plastic bag is an offence and offenders could be penalised.
Visitors are advised to avoid packing any plastic bags in their suitcases or in carry-on hand luggage before flying to Kenya. Items purchased at the airport before boarding the aircraft should be removed from plastic bags.
Travellers coming into Kenya with plastic duty-free shop bags will also be required to leave them at the airport. Please check hand luggage before disembarking and any plastic bags (including the transparent ziplock plastic bags that some airlines require passengers to use for keeping liquids, cosmetics, toiletries etc) should be left in the plane. This does not apply to people in transit.
All single use plastics, such as plastic water bottles and straws, are banned in all national parks, forests, beaches and conservation areas.
PLEASE NOTE: Countries can change their entry requirements at any time. Travel Butlers try to ensure that the information displayed here is correct, but the onus remains with the traveller to verify the information with the relevant High Commission or Embassy and ensure that they can comply with the applicable entry requirements.