Kenya Reopens Borders to Indian Travellers

Indian travellers can now travel to Kenya again and explore the beauty of the Eastern Africa. The flights from Mumbai to Nairobi will be operated thrice a week.
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According to the recent announcement of the Kenya Tourism Board, the country reopens the borders for Indians traveling on a tourist visa. The Kenyan borders have remained closed since May 2021 when the COVID-19 second wave hit. Currently, Kenya is one of only a few long-distance destinations that Indians can travel to

As one of the most charming and desired tourist destinations worldwide offering countless attractions from one-of-kind safari trips to stunning beaches, Kenya has remained one of the top vacation spots for Indian tourists. Its native inhabitants can make the Kenyan experience unforgettable one welcoming foreign visitors with open arms.

Indian visitors can fly to Nairobi from Mumbai. The flights will be operated three times a week (on Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays).

Travel requirements for Indians to enter Kenya

Upon arrival, all passengers are required to:

  • show a negative COVID-19 PCR test that must be taken no earlier than 96 hours before the departing flight; the negative test means no need to undergo a 14-day quarantine in Kenya. 
  • be in the possession of a valid fever vaccine card that must be shown during the airport control; the yellow fever vaccination requirement remains effective for every Indian traveler, no matter the age
  • provide a Unique Health Code that is received after filling out the Travel Surveillance Form (all travelers need to fill the form out 24 hours before entry to Kenya)
  • have a valid visa to Kenya that should be arranged at least 3 business days before the planned Kenyan trip. 

Current COVID-19 situation in Kenya

Recently, Kenya has reported a decrease in COVID-19 cases that constitute 35% of the infection peak reported in March 2021. On average, the country reports around 275 new cases every day. Since the outbreak of the pandemic, there have been over 248 000 cases and over 5000 COVID-related deaths in Kenya. Currently, around 1.7% of the entire Kenyan population has been fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

Kenya e-Visa

Since 2005, when the Kenyan government introduced an online visa system, Indian travelers as one of the eligible nations can apply for an e-Visa to Kenya. Depending on the travel needs, an applicant can choose from three available options - business, tourist, or transit visa. The first two ones are issued for  3 months, while a transit visa must be used within 72 hours

eVisa to Kenya application can be submitted without the need to leave the comfort of your home. The approved document will be sent directly to the email address provided in your application. Instead of booking an appointment in the nearest Kenyan Embassy and spending long hours on getting there and waiting for your turn, apply online at least 3 business days  before the intended Kenyan trip date and save money, time, and energy!

Katarzyna Żyła
2021-09-28

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