Information about Kenya and Covid-19

It’s possible to travel to Kenya, and Oltepesi Tented Safari Camp is open. Below you will find more information about the preparations you need to do before travelling.


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. After adopting its global health and hygiene protocols, Kenya has been awarded the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) “Safe Travel Stamp”. 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 Domestic flights in Kenya restarted on July 15, 2020.

Due to the effective containment of the virus, Kenya has been fortunate to have experienced a relatively low level of fatalities compared to most other countries in the world. With a Covid-19 fatalities rate of fewer than 95 deaths per one million people, Kenya is ranked below 158 other countries globally that have much higher rates (typically, it is 20 times higher than Kenya in most countries of America and Europe). Kenya’s successful vaccination programme prioritised the hospitality sector and front line workers and those above 58 years of age or with any underlying conditions.


These are primary requirements for travelling to Kenya:

  1. All passengers must have a COVID-19 vaccination certificate showing that they were fully vaccinated. The certificate must be uploaded at Also, bring a print of the vaccination certificate.

    (This does not apply to passengers younger than 18 years, passengers with a medical certificate showing they have recovered from COVID-19 at most 90 days before arrival, or travellers with medical conditions precluding vaccination.)

  2. All passengers must complete the Travellers Health Surveillance Form online at This will generate a QR code. Bring a print of that QR code which must be presented upon departure and possibly also at arrival. In addition to submitting the forms electronically, it is recommended that they also bring a print of the form (do a print screen for this purpose).
  3. Remember to bring face masks.

Read update information on KCAA’s page at and IATA’s page at

Note that the requirements may be subject to change on short notice, ref disclaimer below.


It is advisable to check with your airline prior to your outgoing travel from Kenya if you are required to show a COVID-19 PCR test at the boarding gate or your final destination or any transit stops en route.

If you need a Covid-19 certificate, it should be in accordance with the trusted Traveler (TT) Initiative and the PanaBios system. You can obtain such a test at The Pumba Collection Team in Maasai Mara. They are a government-approved facility by the Ministry of Health, part of Mediheal Group of Hospitals and registered with PanaBIOS. They can do the test at Oltepesi Tented Safari Camp or their location at Mara Rianta, a one-hour drive from the camp. The test results will be ready 24 to 36 hours after the samples are collected. After that, the results and the TT codes will be emailed directly to the clients.

You pay in USD cash directly according to the current price. They also accept all credit cards and debit cards. The price options are:

  • PCR test at Oltepesi Tented Safari Camp costs USD 140 per client (recommended).
  • If there’s only one person for the call-out at Oltepesi Tented Safari Camp, the cost is USD 180.
  • PCR test at the collection centre at Mara Rianta costs USD 110 per client.

This way, you do not need to shorten your time in Maasai Mara if you need a PCR test. Just let the guide/camp staff know on arrival, and they will help you book an appointment. For more details, visit


With the easing of the restrictions 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. As a result, 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 the beautiful Maasai Mara.


Regarding the travel information above: Travellers are advised to familiarise themselves with applicable travel restrictions that can vary from country to country and may be subject to change on short notice. We recommend that you thoroughly check with your airline, embassy, or any other reliable information sources for updates and detailed information about your flights and need for preparations for your travel.


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