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Health Alert: Kenya, Government Announces Changes To Curfew And Travel Restrictions

Health and Travel Alert for U.S. Citizens

June 8, 2020

Government of Kenya Announces Changes to Curfew, Travel Restrictions


Location:  Kenya 

Event:  On June 6, the Government of Kenya (GoK) announced that movement restrictions in and out of Nairobi’s Eastleigh neighborhood, Mombasa’s Old Town neighborhood, and the counties of Kilifi and Kwale lapse as of June 7. However, movement restrictions in and out of the Nairobi Metropolitan Area, Mombasa and Mandera counties are extended an additional 30 days.

Per the June 6 announcement, the GoK continued restrictions of international flights in and out of Kenya. The Kenyan Ministry of Transport will develop protocols to reinstate domestic air travel. 

Effective June 7, nightly curfew hours are revised to 9:00 pm to 4:00 am. Those violating the curfew may be arrested and put in mandatory quarantine for 14 days at their own expense.

Public gatherings are still prohibited.  Per the June 6 announcement, protocols regarding re-opening places of worship will be reviewed by an Inter-Faith Council.  The ban on political and social gatherings, to include bars, is extended for an additional 30 days.

Reminder: U.S. Embassy Nairobi strongly recommends that U.S. Citizens and nationals enroll in STEP, the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program, at step.state.gov. STEP enrollees receive important information from the Embassy about health conditions, safety alerts, and travel updates. Enrollment enables the Embassy to contact you in the event of an emergency. If you have previously enrolled in STEP, we recommend that you log into your STEP account to ensure your details are current, your country of travel information is correct, and that you set your departure date as ‘indefinite.’ These steps will enable you to receive all our embassy messaging. For any immediate need, U.S. citizens in an emergency can call 1-888-407-4747 from the United States and Canada or (plus) 1-202-501-4444 from overseas.


Actions to Take:

·             Visit the Kenyan Ministry of Health’s COVID-19 website for updated information.

·             Consult the CDC website for the most up-to-date information.

·             For the most recent information on what you can do to reduce your risk of contracting COVID-19 please see the CDC’s latest recommendations.

·             Visit the COVID-19 crisis page on travel.state.gov for the latest information.

·             Visit our Embassy webpage on COVID-19 for information on conditions in Kenya

·             Visit the Department of Homeland Security’s website on the latest travel restrictions to the U.S. 



·       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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