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Health Alert: Kenya, Kenya Requires Digitally Verified COVID-19 Test To Enter Or Depart


 Health Message for U.S. Citizens

January 9, 2021  

As of Monday, January 11, all travelers entering or departing Kenya must present a digitally-verified negative COVID-19 test.

Departing travelers: Starting on January 11, 2020, outgoing travelers must obtain a negative COVID-19 certificate in accordance with the trusted Traveler (TT) Initiative (www.africacdc.org/trusted-travel) and the PanaBios system (www.panabios.org). 

Travelers who intend to depart Kenya must first visit an authorized laboratory (according to the government of Kenya, all PCR COVID-19 testing laboratories are now part of the TT system), obtain a PCR COVID-19 test with a negative result, and be issued a TT code that be verified by airlines and immigration authorities.  The traveler will receive a text message (SMS) from PanaBios as well as an email from the testing laboratory and/or from admin@panabios.org with a link to guide the traveler on how to generate a Travel Code at trustedtravel.panabios.org.  If the test results meets Kenya’s exit requirements, a Travel Code is issued to the traveler online. 

All COVID-19 testing laboratories, starting on Saturday, January 9, 2021, must use the TT process when issuing COVID-19 testing certificates. 

Arriving travelers:  The government of Kenya also announced that, starting on January 11, 2021 this new TT electronic verification system will also apply to the negative COVID-19 certificates that are already required for travelers who are entering Kenya; however, details are not available at this time.  The Embassy is seeking clarification of this new requirement for incoming travelers and will report any additional information to the U.S. citizen community.

Travelers with additional questions about these new requirements should contact the Kenyan Ministry of Health (in Kenya) or the nearest Kenya Embassy (if outside Kenya). 


·       U.S. Embassy Nairobi, Kenya 

United Nations Avenue, Gigiri

+254 (0) 20 363 6451

+254 (0) 20 363 6170 (after hours)



·       State Department - Consular Affairs

+1-888-407-4747 for calls from the United States or Canada

+1-202-501-4444 for calls from overseas (Kenya)

·       Kenya Country Information

·       Enroll in Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive alerts

·       Follow us on Facebook and Twitter: @USEmbassyKenya and @CDCKenya



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