International flights and COVID measures in Kenya
Airplanes in the sky - International flights and COVID measures in Kenya after lifting travel ban

Based on official and non-official sources we compiled the currently available information on the COVID measures in Kenya and conditions of traveling to the country.

The information is valid as of Aug 10, 2020. However the situation can change any time, so before booking and boarding on your flight, please contact the nearest Kenyan embassy or consulate for up-to-date information.

 

International flights to Kenya resumed from August 1

As Kenya reopens its economy after restrictions and lockdown due to COVID-19 pandemic, the country eased its international travel restrictions and international flights resumed as follows:

Nairobi – Jomo Kenyatta International Airport

  • British Airways: 4 flights per week – Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, Sunday (from London)
  • KLM: 5 flights per week – Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday (from Amsterdam)
  • Air France: via Amsterdam with KLM (same days as KLM) (from Paris)
  • Turkish Airlines: 3 flights per week – Monday, Wednesday, Saturday (from Istanbul)
  • Qatar Airways: daily flights (from Doha)
  • Emirates Air: every day, except Monday (from Dubai)
  • Ethiopian Airlines: twice a day (from Addis Ababa)
  • Lufthansa: 3 flights per week – Tuesday, Friday, Sunday (from Frankfurt)

Mombasa – Moi International Airport

  • KLM: 5 weekly flights via Nairobi incorporation with Kenya Airways (KQ)
  • Air France: via Amsterdam with KLM and via Nairobi with KQ (same days as KLM) 
  • Qatar Airways: daily flights via Nairobi incorporation with Kenya Airways
  • Ethiopian Airlines: 5 flights per week – Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday – in August and daily flights from September (from Addis Ababa)
  • Lufthansa: 5 flights per week – Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Sunday – via Addis Ababa with Ethiopian Airlines (from Frankfurt)

Kenya Airways

KQ resumed its international flights to 27 destinations, e.g. London, Paris, Amsterdam, Dubai, Mumbai, Addis Ababa, Dar Es Salaam, Kilimanjaro, Zanzibar, Kigali, Kinshasa, Free Town. Flights to Mombasa and Kisumu (from Nairobi) are also available.

Domestic flights

Domestic flights – from Nairobi to Mombasa, Kisumu, Malindi, Ukunda –  are also operating: Kenya Airways, Fly540, Jambojet.

Note: section last updated on Aug 10, 2020

 

Special COVID measures at the airport for arriving passengers

Beside usual passport and visa requirements, visitors to Kenya should comply with the following additional rules and measures:

  1. Negative PCR test: international arrivals should have a valid Covid-19 PCR Test Certificate – issued by designated medical centers that meet international requirements – dated within 96 hours of departure. 
  2. Wearing facemask: in all Kenyan airports wearing facemask is obligatory.
  3. Passenger Local Card (PLC): for contact tracing purposes every passenger has to provide information – full name, nationality, passport or ID number, phone number, phone number of next of kin, allocated seat – on a special form, namely the Passenger Local Card (PLC). (You have to fill the form on board while in the aircraft.)
  4. Thermal screening at the airport: temperature screening – with Thermal Scanners or Thermal Guns – takes place upon arrival to identify passengers with and above body temperature of 37.5 °C (99.5 °F)
  5. Quarantine procedures: there is an obligatory quarantine of 14 days for all passengers – with the exceptions as detailed below – after arriving to Kenya. (Quarantine obligation includes self-quarantine at home for residents, and quarantine in governmental approved facilities for visitors (for the passengers’ own costs).
  6. Exemptions from quarantine obligation:  passengers with body temperature below 37.5 °C (99.5 °F), who do not have COVID-19 like symptoms and can provide a COVID-19 negative certificate that is not older than 96 hours are exempted from quarantine obligations if they arrive from any of the so-called approved countries. (List of approved countries can be found here: https://www.kcaa.or.ke/quarantine-exempted-states.) However, if there are any reported cases or COVID-like symptoms in the aircraft, passengers within 2 rows of the passenger with symptoms shall be quarantined for testing. They can leave the quarantine facility after being tested negative.

 

COVID measures to comply with during your stay

  1. Wearing masks: everyone has to wear facemasks in all public places including streets, shops, public transport, etc.
  2. Curfew: curfew rules are in effect in Kenya, i.e. no moving around between 9.00 p.m. and 4.00 a.m. However, international passengers are exempted from curfew restrictions upon arriving and leaving if they can present their flight tickets and boarding passes. (The driver should also have proof of the airport transfer activity.)
  3. Public transport: passengers getting in any public transport means have to wear a mask during the whole journey and they should wash/sanitize their hands. Coaches, buses and matatus operate with fewer passengers to provide social distancing. Tuktuks and piki pikis (motorbike taxis) can carry only 1 passenger at a time. There is no restriction on the number of passengers for taxis, however, facemasks have to be worn in taxis too.
  4. Shops and markets: are in operation, but there are special measures in place, e.g. wearing masks, screening body temperature and washing/sanitizing hands when entering.
  5. Restaurants: are open till 7.00 p.m. with special measures regarding sanitization and social distancing. No alcohol can be sold.
  6. Bars and alcohol: bars are closed and cannot sell alcohol. Alcohol however still can be purchased in special shops on takeaway (for home consumption) and in hotels (for checked-in clients only on room service basis).

 

Other COVID measures in Kenya (that is good to know about)

  1. Gathering: all public and private gatherings with more than 15 people are banned. Only close relatives can attend weddings and funerals and the number of participants cannot exceed 15. 
  2. Churches and mosques: are open but have to comply with special regulations (e.g. wearing facemasks, washing/sanitizing hands, social distancing, max. 1-hour service and max. 100 participants).
  3. Schools: schools, kindergartens and universities are closed till – at least – January 2021.

 

Note:

The above information is valid as of Aug 10. For up to date information please check with the nearest Kenyan embassy or consulate.

Despite the opening, the number of daily cases in Kenya is gradually increasing. As a result, the above-described situation can change and restrictive measures can be reintroduced at any time.

The next scheduled review of the measures is expected on Aug 26.

Personal opinion: most probably there will not be any changes before Aug 26, 2020 (except in the list of the approved countries which in changing continuously), however, there is always a risk of special or sudden measures in case the COVID situation in the country significantly deteriorates.

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