Kenya: Covid-19 Curbs for International Travel Eased as Positivity Rates Drop Below 1%

Nairobi — Kenya has revised the Covid-19 travel regulations, removing some of the requirements that travellers in and out of the country needed to observe.

The Kenya Civil Aviation Authority (KCAA) has received the new guidelines from the Ministry of Health, which has, among other things, lifted the requirement to provide proof of Covid-19 vaccination or PCR tests for international travel.

Like most countries, the rate of Covid-19 infection has been reducing in Kenya over

the past few months from a weekly average of of 2.5 per cent in mid-January 2023 to a weekly average of 0.5 per cent at the end of April.

In the guidelines communicated to KCAA, the Ministry of Health recommended that with effect from 3rd May 2023: all travelers arriving into the country through any point of entry shall no longer be required to show proof of either COVID-19 vaccination or a pre-departure COVID-19 test.

Further only travelers arriving at any port of entry into Kenya with flu-like symptoms will be expected to fill the passenger locator form on the ‘Jitenge’ platform and will also be required to take a COVID-19 antigen test upon arrival at their own cost.

Those who turn positive for Antigen testing will be required to take a further

COVID-19 PCR test at their own cost.

Isolation procedure

Travelers with severe symptoms shall thereafter be allowed isolate as per the prevailing isolation requirements for mild, moderate and sever disease.