The consequences of the coronavirus have also been severe in Kenya. The outbreak of the Covid-19 virus has, among other things, led to a temporary entry ban. This includes travellers that had already received a visa. On this page you can find the current state of affairs surrounding travelling to Kenya during and after the coronavirus crisis. Last update: 24-04-2020.
What is the situation surrounding the coronavirus in Kenya?
As of the moment of writing (24-04-2020) Kenya has reported 336 official cases of coronavirus infections. Of those, 14 people died as a result of the coronavirus. Compared to many other countries around the world, these numbers are relatively low. The spread of the virus seems have been stabilized in a relatively early stage. This is in part due to very drastic measures taken by the Kenyan government. These include:
- A curfew, between 19:00 and 06:00
- A ban on travelling between a number of domestic cities and regions
- A requirement to carry a mask when in public areas
- A ban on the usage of more than 50% of the seats in transportation vehicles
Can I already apply for a visa for a planned trip to Kenya?
It is possible to already apply for a visa for Kenya for a planned holiday or business trip. However, newly submitted applications are put on hold until the current entry ban is lifted. It is currently not known when this will be. The Kenyan government currently expects to open the airspace on 5 May, but there is a large chance that this date will be moved to a later moment. This is entirely dependant on the developments of the coronavirus in Kenya and in the rest of the world. Read all about the visa for Kenya
Can I still use my Kenya visa during the coronavirus crisis?
The visa has a validity term. If this term has not expired yet at the moment the entry ban is lifted, the visa can in all likelihood still be used. However, this has not been officially confirmed by the Kenyan government. As such, no guarantees can be given. Keep a close eye on this page about the state of affairs surrounding the coronavirus in Kenya to stay informed about this.
CThe coronavirus (Covid-19) in Kenya has led to a temporary entry ban.
When can I travel to Kenya again?
You can travel to Kenya against as soon as the coronavirus entry ban is lifted, your airline is operational again and your visa has been issued. Also keep a close eye on the travel advice of the government. Currently, it is not advised to travel to Kenya due to the coronavirus. If this advice will change as soon as the government in Kenya lifts the ban and the airlines start flying again is not known.
Can and/or should I return to the UK?
The British governments recommends returning if this is possible. However, due to all of the coronavirus measures in place this can prove an impossible task. Virtually all international flights from and to Kenya have been cancelled due to the coronavirus. A few repatriation flights do occur. If you are still in Kenya and want to return to the UK, contact the British embassy. The embassy has insight on all of the repatriation flights and can also provide you with advice on the remainder of your stay in Kenya if returning is not possible. Check with local authorities if you can extend your visa if you are unable to leave the country.
Where can I claim the financial damages of the coronavirus?
If your planned trip to Kenya cannot go through because of the coronavirus, you likely suffered financial damages. If your flight has been cancelled you can, depending on the airline, oftentimes receive a full refund of the cost of the flight ticket. Some airlines are currently working with vouchers, as the coronavirus has caused them so much damage that they are unable to pay everyone back. With a voucher, a different flight can be booked at a later stage.
Aside from an unused flight ticket, the coronavirus can also have resulted in financial drawbacks in a different way. Due to the coronavirus, any booked and pre-paid for accomodations in Kenya cannot be visited. And you also might have applied for a Kenya visa which was issued, but which you cannot use due to the coronavirus. You might be able to claim these damages with your travel insurance. In any case, the government of Kenya will not reimburse any of these costs.
Disclaimer: this article has been put together with great care from available information. However, no guarantee can be given that it is at all times up to date en provides a complete and correct image of the current situation of the coronavirus in Kenya. Check with your airline if your flight will proceed before you apply for the Kenya visa.