KENYA AND COVID-19
In Kenya, the virus has had less impact than most other countries as the government acted immediately after the first case was identified and took effective measures early on to avert the spread by restricting international arrivals, early testing of anyone with a temperature or flu symptoms and promoting hygiene, hand-washing and social distancing. Kenya has been awarded the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) “Safe Travel Stamp” after adopting its global health and hygiene protocols. International flights resumed from August 1, 2020. Airports, including Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA), comply with international Covid-19 health and safety standards. You can watch a short video on JKIA at https://vimeo.com/436360257. Domestic flights in Kenya restarted on July 15, 2020.
The list of states whose travellers are exempt from quarantine when entering Kenya can be found at https://www.kcaa.or.ke/quarantine-exempted-states (open the PDF document on that site). At arrival, all passengers must have a medical certificate with a negative Coronavirus (COVID-19) PCR test result. The test must have been taken within 96 hours before arrival, starting from the date of sample collection. Passengers must also complete the “Travellers Health Surveillance Form” at https://ears.health.go.ke/airline_registration/. Read update information at IATA’s page at https://www.iatatravelcentre.com/world.php.
OLTEPESI TENTED SAFARI CAMP AND COVID-19
With the easing of the restrictions that were initially placed on Kenya’s tourism sector, we at Oltepesi Tented Safari Camp immediately did all preparations according to the COVID-19 Hygiene and Sanitation Protocol in line with the World Health Organization (WHO) and Kenya Ministry of Health requirements. On July 13, 2020, Oltepesi Tented Safari Camp was certified according to the COVID-19 Hygiene and Sanitation Protocol by the Public Health Officer in Narok West. Since September 2020, we have welcomed back visitors to our safari camp for accommodation, game drives and wildlife photography in beautiful Maasai Mara.
COVID-19 TEST FOR YOUR OUTGOING TRAVEL
As of January 11, 2021, travellers who intend to depart Kenya must obtain a negative COVID-19 certificate in accordance with the trusted Traveler (TT) Initiative and the PanaBios system. It is possible to do the test in the camp, and it works this way: The camp calls for the County Lab Coordinator from Nairobi. He comes to Oltepesi Tented Safari Camp and collects the sample two days before you fly home. The sample gets analyzed at Nairobi Hospital. You will get the test result on e-mail the day after, and the County Lab Coordinator also meets and gives you a print of the test certificate when you arrive at Wilson Airport. This way, you do not need to shorten your time in Maasai Mara.
Regarding the travel information above: Travellers are advised to familiarize themselves with applicable travel restrictions that can vary from country to country and may be subject to change. We recommend that you thoroughly check with your airline, embassy, and other information sources for update and detailed information about your flights and need for preparations for your travel.
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