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Flying from Italy to Kenya and back: rules as of today

Updates, obligations and perspectives of travels

09-03-2022 by redazione

Since March 1, the Italian government has reopened travel to countries on the former list E, including almost all African destinations, including Kenya.It is possible to return to travel without restrictions, other than those suggested by the Farnesina and found on the pages of the individual countries on the viaggiaresicuri.it website and those imposed by the countries of arrival chosen by Italian travelers.

As a result of the suspension of previous ordinances and in view of the end of the state of emergency, scheduled for next March 30, not only tourists can go to Kenya, but also the obligation of quarantine on return and the PCR swab to be presented on arrival are abolished. In addition, Kenya no longer requires the molecular swab, nor the antigenic one moreover, when you have to leave the country. So it remains only the obligation to do the molecular swab on departure, and to have certificate of at least two vaccinations, or Green Pass (also from healing, with limitations of validity that we report below).

Let's recapitulate then the obligations in force in Kenya to access it.

CERTIFICATE OF DOUBLE VACCINATION OR GREEN PASS

In Kenya you can not enter if you are not vaccinated or healed from Covid-19!

First, you must upload the certificate of double vaccination (it is not required the third or any other "booster") on the website globalhaven.org. Then, however, submit the appropriate paperwork. For those who have a Healing Green Pass and have not done the vaccinations, the globalhaven.org website does not accept this option, so both the Embassy of Kenya in Rome, and the Kenyan airport authorities, recommend first of all to contact your airline to make sure it is aware of the new provisions, and then to print the Healing Green Pass and bring it with you. It is considered valid by the Kenyan authorities if it is not older than 90 days (source Africa CDC and Kenya Embassy in Rome). Kenya also does not require vaccinations from minors.

PCR SWAB MANDATORY

To embark on a plane with final destination Kenya, you must have a certificate of negativity from PCR swab (not serological, not other type of analysis) carried out not more than 72 hours, from the date of collection before departure for Kenya (rule modified on January 16, 2022). The QR code obtained from the certificate must be uploaded to globalhaven.org along with the Vaccination Certificate. The swab is not required for children under age 5.

The rule also applies to Green Pass holders, for the reason that there are currently no bilateral agreements between the two countries, nor between the European Union and the African Union or individual countries.

As is well known, Kenya accepts tourists from Italy, and the immigration office at the airports of Nairobi and Mombasa, will stamp the tourist visa equivalent to the return date indicated on the online visa, unless otherwise indicated by the tourist, up to 3 months.

The same tourist visa will then eventually be renewable for another 3 months, but only online.

The cost of the visa is 51 USD or 48 Euros.

Remember that to fill out the visa online you must go to the link evisa.go.ke of the Kenyan immigration website.

TO RETURN FROM KENYA

From March 1, 2022 to return from Kenya, as mentioned the Italian state no longer requires neither buffer nor quarantine. It will be enough to show your green pass. As well as the airport authorities are not required to ask for PCR swab on exit. The important thing, as at departure, is to make sure that your airline does not ask for it.

Italian tourism sector, promoters like us and institutions are working to remove this small but annoying obligation.

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