COVID-19 Information | U.S. Embassy in Kenya

COVID-19 Information

Last updated: 09/29/20

Country-Specific Information:

  • As of September 28, 2020 there are 38,168 confirmed cases of COVID-19 throughout Kenya, with 24,681 recovered patients and 700 related deaths.
  • On the 28th of September, the Government of Kenya directed that large gatherings, meetings, conferences and political events over 15 people remain suspended.
  • The closing time for restaurants, bars and eateries was amended to 10 p.m. on the 29th of September, 2020.
  • Places of worship may begin phased re-opening in conformity with applicable guidelines developed by the Inter-Faith Council. The permitted maximum size of religious gatherings is increased to one third (1/3) of its normal sitting capacity. The maximum number of persons permitted to attend funerals and weddings is reviewed upwards to 200, with all in attendance abiding with Ministry of Health Protocols.
  • Domestic air travel resumed on July 15th under Ministry of Health and Transport guidelines. International flights resumed on August 1st.
  • According to a July 7 announcement by CS Magoha, basic educational institutions will reopen January 2021. University and colleges may open in September 2020 after meeting strict COVID-19 regulations.

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. 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 ly/covid19moh or the Jitenge MoH Kenya app.
    • The Government of Kenya established an online portal to extend visitor and resident visas.
    • Please see: Please note that the Directorate of Immigration Services has lifted an earlier amnesty on stay in Kenya over the 6 months stipulated visa period. Visitors on overstayed visas from the 14th of September are required to make arrangements to depart within 14 days or apply for residency (permit or pass).

Movement Restrictions:

  • Is a curfew in place? Yes
    • Nightly curfew hours are from 11:00 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.

Quarantine Information:

  • Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine? No
     – U.S citizens coming from the United States are exempted from quarantine. Please call the COVID-19 hotline at 719 or contact the Kenyan Embassy in Washington D.C. at 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
  • 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 to request an emergency appointment
  • Please be advised that all entrants to the U.S. Embassy are subject to body temperature screening, and may be refused entry if displaying an elevated temperature.
  • The U.S. Embassy in Nairobi covers Somalia’s consular district.  For COVID-19 related information in Somalia please consult the U.S. Embassy Somalia’s COVID-19 website found here

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