Coronavirus travel health

Check the latest information on risk from COVID-19 for Kenya on the TravelHealthPro website.

See the TravelHealthPro website for further advice on travel abroad and reducing spread of respiratory viruses during the COVID-19 pandemic.

International travel

Commercial flights are operating to and from Kenya.

Entry and borders

See Entry requirements to find out what you will need to do when you arrive in Kenya.

Returning to the UK

Travelling from and returning to the UK

If you plan to pass through another country to return to the UK, check the travel advice for the country you’re transiting. If you will pass through a red list country, book your hotel quarantine package before travelling to the UK.

When you return, you must follow the rules for entering the UK.

You are responsible for organising your own COVID-19 test, in line with UK government testing requirements. You should contact local authorities for information on testing facilities. See International travel for further information.

Be prepared for your plans to change

No travel is risk-free during COVID. Countries may further restrict travel or bring in new rules at short notice, for example due to a new COVID-19 variant. Check with your travel company or airline for any transport changes which may delay your journey home.

If you test positive for COVID-19, you may need to stay where you are until you test negative. You may also need to seek treatment there.

Plan ahead and make sure you:

  • can access money
  • understand what your insurance will cover
  • can make arrangements to extend your stay and be away for longer than planned

Renewal of visas

You should ensure that your stay in Kenya complies with Kenyan immigration requirements.

Travel in Kenya

There are currently no restrictions on travel within Kenya.

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

Public places and services

Public transport in Kenya is now able to operate at full capacity.

Restaurants and eateries are open to customers, provided they comply with Government of Kenya public health protocols including social distancing.

Bars are permitted to operate until 11pm.

All public and political gatherings are prohibited. However, large political gathering have been taking place across the country ahead of Kenya’s August 2022 general elections.

The maximum number of persons permitted to attend weddings and funerals has been capped at 100, with all in attendance expected to abide by Ministry of Health protocols.

Kenyan citizens have been advised to avoid crowded places and to work remotely where possible. Many shops and restaurants conduct mandatory temperature checks and will expect customers to use handwashing facilities before entering the premises.

Healthcare in Kenya

The Government of Kenya has indicated that anyone testing positive for COVID-19, but presenting as asymptomatic or with only mild symptoms, can expect to be directed to self-isolate at home if able to do so. Vulnerable persons will be prioritised for hospital care. Ministry of Health guidance is available.

Pharmacies and other shops selling essential products are open.

The authorities are conducting random temperature screenings in spaces frequented by the general public. If you show signs or symptoms of coronavirus 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.

For contact details for doctors visit our list of healthcare providers.

Your emotional and mental wellbeing is important. Read our guidance on how to look after your mental wellbeing and mental health.

See Health for further details on healthcare in Kenya.

See also the guidance on healthcare if you’re waiting to return to the UK.

COVID-19 vaccines if you live in Kenya

Wherever possible British nationals should aim to be vaccinated in the country where they live. We will update this page when the Government of Kenya announces new information on the national vaccination programme. You can sign up to get email notifications when this page is updated.

The Kenya national vaccine programme started in March 2021 and is using the AstraZeneca, Janssen (Johnson and Johnson), Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines. The Government of Kenya has stated that all foreign nationals resident in Kenya are eligible for vaccination. Vaccinations are currently being offered to all individuals over the age of 15. Further information on the vaccination programme is available on the Government of Kenya Ministry of Health website and the COVID-19 self-service portal. A register of vaccination centres is available on the Kenya Medical Practitioner’s and Dentist’s Council website.

Find out more, including about vaccines that are authorised in the UK or approved by the World Health Organisation, on the COVID-19 vaccines if you live abroad page.

If you’re a British national living in Kenya, you should seek medical advice from your local healthcare provider. Information about COVID-19 vaccines used in the national programme where you live, including regulatory status, should be available from local authorities.

Further information

If you need urgent consular assistance, contact the British High Commission.

If you are vulnerable with health issues, an older person, or travelling with young children, you can call: +254202844000 or +254 20 287 3000 and follow the options for consular assistance. The numbers are available 24/7.

For more details on measures in Kenya, see the Kenya Ministry of Health website.