KCAA announces new guidelines for travelers arriving in Kenya

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The Kenya Civil Aviation Authority (KCAA) has reinstated some of the health requirements limiting the spread of Covid-19 and introduced fees for travelers arriving in the country.

According to a statement shared by the Kenyan High Commission in London on Friday, September 16, all passengers over the age of 12 without proof of vaccination or a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test will be subjected to a rapid HIV test. antigen at their own expense.

According to KCAA, travelers without proof of test will have to pay Ksh 3,615 (US$30).

Those who test positive will be subjected to an entry PCR test at their own additional cost of Ksh6,025 (US$50) and will undergo isolation as stipulated by the Ministry of Health.

An undated photo of Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Embakasi, Nairobi

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“All travelers over the age of 12 arriving in the country through any port of entry will be required to show proof of Covid-19 vaccination or a negative Covid-19 PCR test taken no more than 72 hours prior to departure,” said the KCAA. statement read in part.

“Travellers under 12 years of age will be exempt from the requirements for a vaccination certificate or PCR test before departure,” the statement added.

According to the Ministry of Health, vaccination means receiving the prescribed doses of the latest vaccine of a specific vaccine fourteen days before arrival.

The KCAA further explained that people leaving the country should follow the travel requirements set by their destination country.

Additionally, incoming international travelers are required to present their test at the gate of the departure airport.

Ports of entry into Kenya further require travelers to complete a mandatory electronic traveler monitoring form prior to travel. After submitting the form, passengers receive a QR code via email, which must be presented to Port Health officials upon entry.

Kenya and other countries eased travel restrictions after the positivity rate plummeted. This decision was intended to encourage foreign travel and even tourism and trade in the country.

Initially, cross-border travel was limited due to the pandemic outbreak and drug costs. However, the availability of vaccines has helped to drop some of the demands and requirements.

International arrivals terminal at Omo Kenyatta International Airport.

International arrivals terminal at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport.

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