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KENYA AND COVID VIRUS

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

We had never anticipated that we would still be talking about Covid twelve months on, but here we are. On a positive note, Kenya has dealt with the situation in a decisive and organized manner, and this has undoubtedly been a major contributor to the following stats:

In Kenya, as of 8th March 2021, a total of 108,827 cases have been confirmed, 1876 deaths reported and 87,570 have recovered. Kenya has been part of the global effort to develop a safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine with clinical trials starting here last October. So far 3 vaccines (Pfizer/BioNtech, Moderna and AstraZeneca) have been approved by WHO. The government of Kenya approved the AstraZeneca Vaccine for use in Kenya on 20th Feb 2021 and the roll out program is in full force.

WHAT ARE THE ENTRY REQUIREMENTS FOR KENYA?

The current requirements for entering Kenya (taken from the Kenyan Airport Authority website) are as follows:

  1. A negative PCR based COVID19 test carried out within 96 hours before travel.
  2. A completed Travelers Health Surveillance Form must be presented on arrival. The forms must be filled out online prior to departure by clicking here https://ears.health.go.ke/airline_registration/
  3. For those passengers traveling out of the country, they will be required to abide by the travel, health and COVID-19 related requirements of the destination country. PCR testing is widely available in Kenya and our reservations team can organize the test for you to be carried out at your preferred location. If you are travelling with to Diani Beach. The covid testing centers in Diani Beach include care and cure pharmacy at Chandarana shopping center, Diani beach hospital, Palm Beach Hospital. Hospitals in Mombasa town that provide covid test centres Aga Khan, Mombasa Hospital and Coast general hospital. The tests results are usually available within 24 hours.
  4. Effective 1st January 2020, all passengers arriving in Kenya are required to obtain a visa before boarding their flight. The e-visa can be obtained by visiting this website evisa.go.ke | Republic of Kenya Electronic Visa System

WHAT IS THE SITUATION LIKE ON THE GROUND?

The key protocols for anyone traveling to Kenya to be aware of are as follows:

  • Everyone must wear face masks in public places and for all domestic travel
  • There is a strict maintenance of health measures in public places including hand basins outside restaurants, shopping centers, hotels and lodges to ensure regular washing of hands with soap and water/sanitizers and social distancing must be adhered to at all times
  • There is a national curfew of 10pm to 4am (those arriving on late flights are excluded from this)
  • Bars and restaurants have been ordered to close by 9pm.


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