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September 13, 2019 - BY Admin

Kenya releases list of countries exempted from quarantine

n Saturday 1 May 2021, the Government of Kenya made several key changes to Kenya's measures against the COVID-19 pandemic. These include lifting of the cessation of movement in and out of five counties ( Nairobi, Kajiado, Machakos, Kiambu and Nakuru)

The nationwide curfew has been revised to commence at 22.00 Hrs until 04.00 Hrs countrywide effective from 1 May 2021.  

During this time, everyone must stay at home or indoors. The Government of Kenya has advised that passengers departing the airport after the 10pm curfew must retain their boarding pass as proof of their arrival time which will allow for movement to their accommodation. Similarly, evidence of air passengers arriving after 22.00 Hrs will enable access for drivers coming to collect passengers from the airports during curfew hours.

Travel from Ireland to KENYA

International and domestic flights have resumed. You do not need a COVID-19 negative test to board domestic flights within Kenya.

Ireland is now on the list of countries whose citizens can enter Kenya without quarantining once they have a negative COVID-19 test in advance and they do not display COVID-19 symptoms.

The following applies to all passengers arriving on international flights into Kenya:

Body temperature is not above 37.5° c (99.5°f); no persistent cough, difficulty in breathing or other flu-like symptoms and had a negative COVID-19 test carried out within 96 hours that can be verified digitally using the Trusted Travel Initiative https://africacdc.org/trusted-travel/. Persons travelling to Kenya from countries not using the Trusted Travel Initiative must use a tool made available through the Global Haven partnership for COVID-19 test result verification available here https://globalhaven.org/  before travel and if from approved states they shall be exempt from quarantine.

The list of approved states can be accessed here https://www.kcaa.or.ke/quarantine-exempted-states. As this list is regularly updated we advise citizens to check it.

All passengers must submit a mandatory COVID-19 Travellers Health Surveillance Form online or through the “Jitenge Moh” app, which passengers can download from Google Play Store prior to disembarking, even if transiting. A QR code will be provided upon submission of the form, which must be presented to Port Health Officials in order to be allowed to proceed to Immigration. Passengers arriving who do not have a negative COVID-19 test will be returned by the airline to their embarkation point or if approved by Port Health Officials, may enter into mandatory quarantine at government designated facilities (which also include an approved list of hotels).

KENYA ENTRY VISAS

Effective 1 January 2021, Kenyan entry visas will be exclusively issued electronically, with passengers required to obtain their e-visas before departure. Those travelling can apply for single entry and transit visas on the e-visas website. For more information, see the website of the Embassy of Kenya in Ireland http://www.kenyaembassyireland.net/

GOVERNMENT RESTRICTIONS AND REGULATIONS  

  • The Kenyan Authorities have announced that all persons visiting public places such as supermarkets, open air markets, public transport and other public areas should at all times wear a face mask to reduce the chances of transmission of the virus.
  • The Government of Kenya has directed that face masks must be worn in public places, except when dining, or when adhering to social distancing in hotels, gardens or on beaches.
  • All bars across the country can operate until 19.00hrs
  • Restaurants and eateries countrywide to continue with operations in accordance with guidelines issued by the Ministry of Tourism and Ministry of Health. Restaurants encouraged to use outdoor spaces to maximise physical and social distancing
  • Political gatherings  remain suspended until further notice  
  • All learning institutions at all levels of learning shall reopen in accordance with the calendar issued by the Ministry of Education.
  • The resumption of sporting activities is to be guided by guidelines issued by the Ministry of Sports and Ministry of Health.
  • All employers are encouraged to allow their employees to work from home with the exception of employees offering critical or essential services that cannot be of delivered remotely
  • All hospitals to limit the number of visitors to hospitalised patients to one (1) visitor per patient per day
  • The government has also directed that weddings and funerals are only allowed a maximum capacity of 30 individuals (immediate family members).
  • Funerals and cremation ceremonies are to be conducted within 72 hours of death with attendees limited to 50 persons in total
  • All forms of public events and gatherings, with the exception of funerals /burials and weddings, remain suspended.
  • In-person and congregational worship to continue with adherence to guidelines by Inter-faith Council and the Ministry of Health. Congregational attendance remains capped at 1/3 of the capacity of the place of worship.
  • Public service vehicles have been directed to continue strictly observing the 60% maximum carrying capacity limit rule. All passengers in public and private vehicles must wear masks and maintain hand hygiene
  • The authorities are conducting random temperature checks in public spaces. If you show signs or symptoms of COVID-19 and are able to self-isolate, you can expect to be directed to do so. If you cannot self-isolate, you can expect to be taken into a State health facility by the Kenyan Authorities.

In light of the eased COVID-19 related travel restrictions and resumption of international travel, the Kenya Directorate of Immigration Services announced lifting of an earlier amnesty on stay in the country effective from 14th September 2020. Visitors must leave the country before expiry of their visas OR apply for the required Permits or Passes to regularize their stay in the country, if not Section 53(1) J of the Kenya Citizenship and Immigration Act (2011) will take effect.

Travel from Kenya to Ireland

There is a Government Advisory in operation against all non-essential international travel. 

On 9 April, the Irish Minister for Health announced that a number of additional countries including Kenya were designated as a ‘Category 2’ countries. Any passenger who has been to Kenya in the previous 14 days, even if only transiting through, and even if remaining airside, is legally required to quarantine at a designated facility (mandatory hotel quarantine) on arrival in Ireland. This applies even if the passenger receives a negative RT-PCR test result after arriving in the State. There are very limited exemptions to this requirement. For further information, please see gov.ieMandatory Hotel Quarantine for those travelling from Kenya applies to passengers arriving in Ireland after Thursday 15 April.

All passengers arriving into Ireland are required to have a negative or ‘not detected’ result from a pre-departure COVID-19 RT-PCR test that was carried out no more than 72 hours prior to arrival in Ireland. This is a mandatory requirement. Passengers will be asked to present evidence of their negative/‘not detected’ result before boarding their airplane or ferry and will be denied boarding if they cannot produce such evidence.

If you must travel to Ireland, you are required to fill out a COVID-19 Passenger Locator Form online before you travel.

For further information on arriving in Ireland from abroad, please visit the website of the Irish Government (www.gov.ie) or the Health Service Executive (HSE) www.hse.ie

IMPORTANT LINKS AND CONTACTS

To submit application for residency, visit http://fns.immigration.go.ke/ 

If you are already in Kenya, we strongly encourage you to register with the Embassy:  https://www.dfa.ie/travel/citizens-registration

Information on COVID-19 from the Health Service Executive of Ireland:

https://www2.hse.ie/conditions/coronavirus/coronavirus.html

Information on COVID-19  from the World Health Organisation:

https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019

More information is available on the Kenya Ministry of Health website

Useful Contact Numbers

Aga Khan University Hospital HOTLINE: +254709931700

Kenyan Ministry of Health HOTLINE Toll Free 0800721316 Mobile: 0729471414 and 073235353

GENERAL TRAVEL ADVICE

SECURITY

Avoid non-essential travel within 75km of the Kenya-Somalia border due to the very high risk of terrorist activity and kidnapping in the region.

There is an increased risk of terrorist attacks in Naivasha, Nanyuki, Meru, Narok and in coastal areas such as Lamu county and coastal areas of Tana River and Kilifi counties.

The Nairobi suburbs of Buruburu, Eastleigh, Kasarani, Kibera, Mathare, Pangani, South B and South C have high rates of crime.

TERRORISM

Terrorist attacks are a threat in Kenya, mainly from the terrorist group Al Shabaab. This group have carried out attacks across Kenya including in Nairobi.

Potential targets include areas where westerners gather such as hotels, bars, restaurants, sporting events, supermarkets, shopping centres, beach resorts, government buildings, airports, western embassies, international schools, buses, trains and other transport hubs.

The Embassy of Ireland advises citizens travelling to Kenya to register with the Embassy and exercise a high degree of caution while in Kenya.

On 8 January 2020, Al Shabaab released a public statement ‘Kenya Must Take Heed’; stating their intention to attack tourists, including those on safari trips. The statement also referred to attacks on government buildings and military sites as possible targets.

CRIME

Incidents of violent crime are high throughout Kenya, including robberies, carjacking, and kidnapping. We advise Irish citizens travelling to large cities such as Nairobi or Mombasa to be extra vigilant. Ask the Irish Embassy be informed if involved in any incident where a police response is required.

Law requires carrying ID at all times and police may request evidence of this. 

EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE

We suggest you learn as much as you can about Kenya before your trip from travel agents, tour operators and guide books. The best help is often close at hand so if you have problems, start by talking to your local contacts, tour operator representative or hotel management.

You can contact the emergency services in Kenya by dialling 999.

OUR TIPS FOR TRAVELS

  • Purchase comprehensive travel insurance which covers all your intended activities
  • Register your details with us so that we can contact you quickly in an emergency, such as a natural disaster or a family emergency
  • Follow us on twitter @dfatravelwise for the latest travel updates
  • Read our Topical ‘Know Before You Go’ guide

Source: https://www.dfa.ie/travel/travel-advice/a-z-list-of-countries/kenya/