12-03-2022 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 states on the viaggiaresicuri.it website and those imposed by the countries of arrival chosen by Italian travelers. Regarding this, from Saturday, March 12, Kenya has lifted the requirement for those vaccinated with at least two doses to make PCR swab no more than 72 hours before departure. It will be possible to leave for Kenya without a swab, provided that your airline confirms that it is not you who require it or any of the countries of the airports of transit.
As a result of the suspension of the previous ordinances and in view of the end of the state of emergency, scheduled for March 30 next year, not only tourists can travel to Kenya, but also the obligation of quarantine on return and the PCR swab to be presented upon 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 have certificate of at least two vaccinations, or Green Pass (also from healing, with limitations of validity that we report below).
But since March 12, even the unvaccinated can, for the first time, travel to Kenya. For them, the dynamics are still quite complex. You need the PCR swab that is needed both to leave from Italy and to arrive in Kenya, upon arrival in Kenya will be required to a swab antigenic (cost $ 30) at the airport and in case of positivity to a PCR ($ 50) that if confirmed positivity would force the traveler to isolation in the home reported on the visa online.
We summarize then the obligations in force in Kenya to access it.
DOUBLE VACCINATION CERTIFICATE 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 no older than 90 days (source: Africa CDC, taken from the Embassy of Kenya in Italy, and you can print it out here and bring it with you just in case). Kenya also does not require vaccinations for minors.
PCR SWAB NO LONGER MANDATORY
To board a plane with final destination Kenya, if fully vaccinated, no longer need to be equipped with a certificate of negativity by PCR swab.
From March 12, also in open places in Kenya is no longer mandatory to wear a mask.
As you know Kenya accepts tourists from Italy, and the immigration office at the airports of Nairobi and Mombasa, will stamp the tourist visa equivalent to the date of return indicated on the visa online, 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, which with the transaction becomes 53, so at the current exchange rate of 48 euros.
We would like to remind you that it is no longer possible to apply for a paper visa on arrival in Kenya, and that in order to fill in the visa online, one must go to the link evisa.go.ke on the Kenyan immigration website. The practice can be resolved in 24 hours, so it is advisable to make the visa at least two days before leaving.
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. in addition to the completion of the Passenger Locator Form. 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.
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