Australia-Kenya travel and new requirements; everything you need to know

Qantas Airways. plane. [Photo: Conde Nast Traveler]

Since Kenya lifted a ban on international travel on August 1, travellers from Australia can fly to Kenya without much hassle.

The Kenyan government in July eased travel restrictions and included Australia among 147 countries currently allowed into Kenya.

However, strict health and safety protocols were imposed in a bid to cushion the spread of coronavirus which hitherto, has claimed the lives of at least 936,000 people across the world.

You are required to have a PCR-based COVID-19 test done 96 hours before arrival and a COVID-19 negative certificate issued to this effect. The passenger will be required to adduce this certificate to be allowed into the country.

Passenger Locator Cards (PLC) are issued during the flight or at the airport terminal with its intent being simplifying contact tracing in case one of the passengers is symptomatic.

Further, arriving passengers are allowed into Kenya through the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport and Moi International Airport only if their body temperature is not above 37.5°C (99.5°F) and have no persistent coughs, difficulties in breathing or exhibit any flu-like symptoms.

Upon arrival, the passenger is required to fill in the Port Health form at the airport, which can also be accessed through the Jitenge MoH Kenya app. The details provided makes it easier for the State to make contact in case of an emergency.

Once in Kenya, it is mandatory to wear a face mask while in public and there is dusk to dawn curfew between 9 pm and 4 am.

For those travelling to Australia from Kenya, they have to undertake a mandatory 14-day quarantine at a designated facility at their point of arrival. You may be required to pay the cost of quarantine.

New South Wales and South Australia will accommodate more returning Australian nationals by increasing their current international passenger arrival caps by Monday 28 September 2020 by 500 and 100 respectively.

Queensland and Western Australia will over the next three weeks increase the number of arriving passengers to 500 each week.

Emirates, Qatar Airways and KLM are some of the airlines operating weekly flights between Nairobi and major arrival cities in Australia such as Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney.