COVID-19: International flights resume, with updated entry restrictions

7 Aug 20

KENYA

IMPACT – HIGH

Kenya recently allowed international air travel to resume and has updated its entry restrictions.

Key Points:

  • International air travel resumed on Aug. 1.
  • Travelers arriving on international flights who meet all the following conditions are not required to undergo mandatory quarantine upon arrival:
    • Body temperature does not exceed 37.5°C (99.5°F).
    • Does not have a persistent cough, breathing difficulty or additional flu-like symptoms.
    • Has a negative test result certificate from a COVID-19 PCR test conducted within 96 hours before traveling.
    • Is traveling from low to medium-risk COVID-19 countries.
  • Travelers arriving from the following countries are also exempt: Canada, China, Ethiopia, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Morocco, Namibia, Netherlands, Qatar, Rwanda, South Korea, Switzerland, Uganda, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom and the United States (but not California, Florida or Texas).
  • Passengers who are required to enter quarantine will do so at government-designated facilities or at home, subject to prevailing guidelines.
  • A curfew from 9 p.m. to 4 a.m. is in effect. Passengers arriving or departing Kenya during curfew hours will be allowed to proceed if they have a valid plane ticket and boarding pass.
  • Departing passengers must follow the destination country’s travel, health and COVID-19 requirements.

Background: Kenya first restricted international travel in March and shortly thereafter suspended all international flights until further notice.

Analysis & Comments: The resumption of international flights means employers who wish to send their employees to Kenya may now do so, though they must follow the travel and entry protocols described above. The response to the COVID-19 pandemic continues to develop, and Deloitte will provide additional updates as information becomes available. Please check Deloitte’s COVID-19 Digital Map, available here, for information on travel restrictions and immigration changes in other countries.

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