COVID-19 INFORMATION

CORONA VIRUS IN KENYA

As of August 26, 2020 there were 33,016 confirmed cases of COVID-19 throughout Kenya, with 19,296 recovered patients and 564 related deaths

CORONA VIRUS SYMPTOMS

COVID-19 affects different people in different ways. Most infected people will develop mild to moderate illness and recover without hospitalization.

Most common symptoms:

Less common symptoms:

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Country-specific information 

  • As of August 26, 2020 there are 33,016 confirmed cases of COVID-19 throughout Kenya, with 19,296 recovered patients and 564 related deaths
  • The cessation of movement order that barred entry into and out of Nairobi, Mombasa and Mandera counties lapsed on July 7th.
  • On July 6 the GoK announced that the prohibition against social gatherings over 15 people is extended for an additional 30 days.
  • Sales of alcoholic drinks and beverages allowed in licensed hotels with residence facilities. Bars and restaurants found selling alcohol are subject to closure. The closing time for restaurants and eateries was amended from 7pm to 8pm as of August 26th, for the next 30 days.
  • Places of worship may begin phased re-opening in conformity with applicable guidelines developed by the Inter-Faith Council.  As outlined on July 6, guidelines mandate a maximum of one hundred (100) participants allowed at each worship ceremony and must not be more than one hour in duration. In-person worship shall not include congregants under age thirteen (13) years or over fifty-eight (58) or persons with underlying health conditions. Sunday schools and madrassas will remain suspended until further notice. The maximum number of persons permitted to attend funerals and weddings is reviewed upwards to 100, with all in attendance abiding with Ministry of Health Protocols.

Entry and Exit Requirements:

  • Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter? Yes Arriving U.S. passengers are permitted to enter if the conditions are met: 1) The passenger does not have a body temperature above 37.5°C (99.5°F); 2) The passenger does not have a persistent cough, difficulty breathing or other flu-like symptoms; 3) The passenger has a negative PCR-based COVID-19 test conducted within 96 hours of arrival. Visit the Kenyan Ministry of Health’s COVID-19 website or call the COVID 19 hotline at 719 for updated information.
  • Is a negative COVID-19 test (PCR and/or serology) required for entry? Yes The test must be conducted and result must be received within 96 hours of arrival.  U.S. citizens who do not have such a test may be refused boarding or denied entry to Kenya.
  • Are health screening procedures in place at airports and other ports of entry? Yes Port Health forms can be found at bit.ly/covid19moh or the Jitenge MoH Kenya app.
  • The Government of Kenya established an online portal to extend visitor and resident visas. Please see: https://fns.immigration.go.ke

Movement Restrictions:

  • Is a curfew in place? Yes Nightly curfew hours are from 9:00 pm to 4:00 am
  • Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel? Yes Any movement by public transport vehicles into and out of these areas requires transport providers to first acquire mandatory certification from the Ministry of Health, in consultation with the Ministry of Transport.
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Quarantine Information:

  • Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine? Yes A 14-day quarantine may be required. This includes travelers from California, Florida and Texas. Please call the COVID-19 hotline at 719 or contact the Kenyan Embassy in Washington D.C. at http://kenyaembassydc.org/ for more information.

COVID-19 Testing:

  • Testing is available at the country’s major hospitals (Aga Khan Hospital, Nairobi Hospital, Kenyatta National Hospital). The charge for the test is approximately USD 100 (KES10,000) at private health facilities and USD50 (KES 5,000) at government hospitals. Test results are available within 48 – 96 hours.

Transportation Options:

  • Are commercial flights operating? Yes
  • Is public transportation operating? Yes Users of public or private transport are required to wear a protective mask.

Fines for Non-Compliance:

  • Those violating the curfew may be arrested and put in mandatory quarantine for 14 days.

Consular Operations:

  • Routine American Citizen Services are suspended. To submit a request for an emergency service please email Kenya_acs@state.gov
  • The United States Embassy in Kenya remains unable to resume routine immigrant and nonimmigrant visa services at this time. If you have an urgent need to travel immediately, please follow the guidance provided at https://ais.usvisa-info.com/en-ke/niv/information/niv to request an emergency appointment
  • Please be advised that all entrants to the U.S. Embassy, including consular applicants, are subject to body temperature screening, and may be refused entry if displaying an elevated temperature.

Local Resources:

Kenya Ministry of Health: Twitter: @MOH_Kenya,  Facebook: MinistryofHealthKE, website: http://www.health.go.ke/