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The spread of COVID-19 continues to lead to restrictions in international air and travel traffic and impairment of public life.

Before unnecessary tourist trips to Kenyabecomes currently warned.

Epidemiological situation

Kenya is affected by COVID-19. Regional focuses are Nairobi with the neighboring counties Machakos, Kiambu, Nakuru and Kajiado as well as Mombasa and Kisumu.

Kenya is still classified as a risk area.

Current and detailed figures are partly provided by the Kenyan Ministry of Health and the World Health Organization (WHO).


A certified (Instructions for Certification see below) negative PCR test required, which must not be older than 96 hours before departure. A 14-day quarantine follows after entry. This does not apply to persons who have their habitual residence in the states listed on the Kenyan negative list. Germany is currently on this negative list. A quarantine for travelers staying in Germany is therefore not currently planned. People whose body temperature is more than 37.5 degrees Celsius on entry, or who have symptoms similar to COVID-19 or who sat in the two rows of seats in front of or behind such a person on the aircraft, must go into a 14-day quarantine.

Entrants from countries that are subject to quarantine must present a negative PCR test upon entry, which must not be older than 96 hours. In addition, one of these quarantine accommodations must be booked 24 hours before departure, and proof of this must be carried with you upon entry. The traveler bears the cost of accommodation.

All passengers must fill out the "Travel Health Surveillance Form" online prior to entry and show the received QR code upon arrival at the airport. The application Jitenge MoH Kenya from the Google Play Store.

The Kenyan Ministry of Health publishes instructions for certification (generation of a travel code) of the PCR test for entry, exit and transit under No. 86: Travel Guide Simplified. The test results should be uploaded to the Trusted Travel Initiative website regardless of which laboratory they come from in Germany. It can be assumed that uploaded tests, even if they do not come from a Trusted Travel-certified laboratory, will be recognized.

Transit and onward travel

A negative PCR test, which must not be older than 96 hours before departure, is mandatory for the transit stay. The border crossings are open. When leaving Kenya, a certified negative PCR test must be presented if one is required for entry into the destination country or a transit country. The result must correspond to the Trusted Travel Certificate. In Kenya, only COVID-19 certificates with a certificate can be issued.

Travel connections

The Kenyan airports are open to international passenger traffic. The flight connections are still restricted.

Restrictions in the country

There is a nationwide night curfew between 10 p.m. and 4 a.m. Arriving and departing passengers as well as people who bring them to the airport or pick them up are excluded. Appropriate documents should be carried with you.

The intensive care units of the hospitals in Nairobi are busy, medical treatment is not guaranteed in an emergency - not even in other emergencies.

Hygiene rules

It is compulsory to wear a mask in public and in cars / public transport. Private cars may only be occupied with 60% of the permitted seats.

  • Make sure you comply with the AHA regulations and also follow the instructions from local authorities. High fines can be imposed if the hygiene regulations are violated.
  • Stays in foreign countries can currently affect the possibility of entering other countries. Therefore, find out about the current regulations on entry, transit and quarantine in the respective travel countries via the travel and safety information before starting any trip.
  • When you return to Germany, note the valid entry restrictions such as registration, proof and, if necessary, quarantine regulations, inquire about the current conditions of carriage at the relevant company or your tour operator, and if you are entering from a risk area, contact the health department of your residence or travel agency Place of residence. Further information is available in our continuously updated info box on COVID-19 / Coronavirus.


We strongly advise against traveling to the border area with Somalia (approx. 100 km from the border), including the province of Lamu. Unnecessary trips to Lamu Island and Manda Island, as well as to the immediate vicinity of the city of Wajir, are not recommended.


There is an increased risk of terrorist attacks in Kenya. The Somali Al-Shabaab terrorist organization has threatened retaliation in response to the Kenyan armed forces' involvement in the AMISOM mission in Somalia.
Several attacks and a number of foiled attacks have shown the determination of the terrorists. In January 2019, for example, there was an attack on the DusitD2 hotel and office complex; A suicide attack on a Kenyan military camp in Lamu province in early January 2020.
Government buildings, hotels, bars and restaurants, shopping centers, church institutions, public transport such as buses, minibuses, ferries, airports and other high-traffic facilities are among the places with increased risk.

Visiting the border area with Somalia in northeastern Kenya, including Lamu Province, is strongly discouraged because of terrorist activities.
Lamu Island and Manda Island have not yet been targeted by attacks. However, there is an increased emergence of active terrorist cells that invade close to the archipelago.
There is an increased risk of kidnapping when staying and traveling to remote places or branches of the coastal region with the exception of tourist facilities.

  • Be especially vigilant in busy locations and on special occasions.
  • Avoid large gatherings of people if possible.
  • Avoid trips closer than 100 km to the Somali border, including Kiwayu and the coastal regions north of Pate Island, and unnecessary trips to Lamu Island and Manda Island.
  • When making essential visits to the Lamu Archipelago, be especially careful and only travel by air.
  • For unavoidable journeys by car to the northern and northeastern parts of Kenya, to the coastal region north of Malindi, to the northeast province and the northern coastal province - especially to Lamu - be sure to seek protection in a guarded convoy.
  • Please also note the worldwide safety information.

Domestic situation

Demonstrations for political or social reasons occur where violent conflicts cannot be ruled out.

In Laikipia and neighboring counties, conflicts over grazing and land rights are increasing. This leads to violent clashes and attacks on farms and lodges.

There is a risk of tribal clashes in the northern and northeastern parts of Kenya.

  • Find out about the local media.
  • Avoid demonstrations and large crowds in large areas.
  • Follow the instructions of local security guards.


There is a risk of falling victim to armed robbery in all parts of the country. Not excluded are spying, which then lead to so-called express kidnappings, in which western foreigners are also detained for several hours in order to withdraw large amounts of money with their bank cards.

Certain districts of Nairobi such as Eastleigh, Pangani and slum areas are particularly dangerous. There have also been several recent cases of fraud in Nairobi, in which the fraudsters confronted travelers disguised as police officers. It is therefore advisable to always have the police officer's ID card shown to you and not to follow it without a comprehensible reason.

In Nairobi and Mombasa there is an increased risk of robbery, both on pedestrians and on motorists, including "car jacking".
Organized “slum tours” have also resulted in violent attacks on groups of visitors in the past.

When walking on beaches after dark and outside the hotel complex, there is an increased risk of being attacked.

There is an increased risk of armed attacks and kidnappings in the northern and northeastern parts of Kenya, in the coastal region north of Malindi and on the roads to the northeastern and northern coastal provinces.

In recent times there have been assaults, some with serious assault, after dating for sexual acts on dating platforms.

Sporadic criminal activity is also reported in the border area between Kenya and Tanzania in the regions of Maasai Mara, Lake Natron, Namanga and Amboseli Park.

Especially on the coast, there are occasional attacks on privately rented bungalows and holiday homes by individual tourists, also in national parks.
There have also been isolated armed attacks when visiting bars, restaurants and nightclubs, especially on the coast.

  • Avoid certain areas of Nairobi such as Eastleigh, Pangani and slum areas in general, as well as the Dadaab and Kakuma refugee camps.
  • Avoid downtown Nairobi and Mombasa at night.
  • Visit the old town of Mombasa during the day only with local people.
  • If in doubt, it is better to take a taxi to cover shorter distances.
  • In large crowds, in poorer residential areas and at bus stations, be particularly vigilant and watch out for your valuables.
  • Before you go on an individual excursion, obtain information on assessing the situation and weighing up the risks from the travel and hotel managers.
  • As an individual tourist in national parks, only stay overnight in lodges or on guarded campsites and pay attention to appropriate safety precautions.
  • Keep your money, ID, driver's license, air tickets and other important documents safe.
  • If you prefer cashless payments and only take the cash you need for the day and no unnecessary valuables with you, do not wear them visibly.
  • Be particularly careful when using debit and credit cards and when withdrawing from ATMs.
  • Be skeptical of unfamiliar e-mails, profit notifications, offers and requests for help from alleged acquaintances as well as appointments via dating platforms. Do not disclose any data about yourself; if necessary, make sure yourself personally or contact the police.

Piracy on the high seas

There is still a risk of pirate attacks and capture off the coast. Ships off Kenya are still at risk of being attacked and hijacked. Despite international efforts to curb piracy, the number of pirate attacks remains high; effective protection cannot be guaranteed.

  • As a skipper in the endangered waters, you should be particularly careful and register with the Maritime Security Center.

Nature and climate

Kenya lies in a seismically slightly active zone, which is why earthquakes and volcanic activity can occur.

The climate on the coast is tropical, the highlands and center of the country are subtropical, the north and north-east are semi-arid and arid.

Extreme drought and drought can affect the eastern, northeastern and also coastal regions.

In the rainy seasons, which usually run from October to November and from late March to mid-June, heavy rainfall can cause flooding and landslides as well as damage to the infrastructure.

Travel info

Infrastructure / traffic

Traffic routes may be impaired due to measures related to COVID-19 containment, see Current.

There is a domestic flight network, rail and bus connections as well as minibuses, taxis and motorbike taxis "Boda-Boda".

The security controls at the Kenyan international airports Nairobi “Jomo Kenyatta” and Mombasa “Daniel Arap Moi” and especially at the regional airport Nairobi-Wilson - the starting point of numerous “flying safaris” do not always meet international standards.

There is left-hand traffic. The main roads are often in poor condition and often do not allow fast travel.

Public buses or minibuses called “matatus” are sometimes not in a safe condition.
Serious accidents involving intercity buses and “Boda-Boda” motorcycle taxis with fatalities due to excessive speed or driver fatigue are comparatively common.

With safaris run by local providers, an aggressive driving style, fatigue or limited off-road capabilities of the minibuses regularly lead to serious accidents.
When booking excursions with smaller local providers, services were not provided in individual cases after prepayment by travelers and amounts were not reimbursed.

  • In case of doubt, do not use public buses, "Matatus" and "Boda-Bodas" when traveling overland, but rather use licensed taxis.
  • For self-organized trips, plan the route and travel time so that you can reach your destination in daylight.
  • Find out from the tour or hotel management about the experiences with safari providers and, if possible, make sure that the vehicles are in a roadworthy condition before starting your journey.
  • Depending on the terrain and fauna, hike with a local, trustworthy guide or a guide registered with the Kenya Wildlife Service.
  • When booking through local tour operators, make sure that the company is reputable.

Driving license

The international driving license is required and is only valid in conjunction with the national German driving license.


Kenyan criminal law makes homosexual acts a criminal offense. Even if these provisions have not yet been applied and a liberal attitude prevails in the capital Nairobi and the coastal region, cautious behavior in public is recommended.
Recently there have been attacks and acts of violence, especially by and against homosexuals, following appointments via dating apps.

Legal specifics

Drug offenses (including possession of marijuana for personal use) are subject to severe punishment, even if they are insignificant. Even without a conviction, several years of pre-trial detention can be expected.

The same applies to the unauthorized possession of weapons. Gas and toy pistols, CS gas and pepper spray are also classified as weapons and should not be carried in luggage.
It is strictly forbidden to take weapons with you in national parks.

Owning and trading ivory and ivory products is subject to heavy fines and imprisonment. This also applies to ivory products that were acquired or manufactured before the species protection regulations came into force

It is forbidden to take photos of facilities that may be considered military and / or security-relevant (e.g. airport, official government buildings, etc.). Permission from the security forces can be obtained in individual cases.

Since portraits of the presidents are printed on Kenyan banknotes and coins, disgracing or destroying the currency is a punishable offense.

Threats of punishment z. For example, child abuse, rape, human / women trafficking and exploitation have been drastically increased and provide long-term imprisonment, whereby in Kenya all persons up to the age of 18 are regarded as children within the meaning of this law.

In the event of an unauthorized stay in Kenya, including when a previously valid visa expires, there is a risk of imprisonment, fines and / or deportation.

Smoking in public areas is largely prohibited, and the protection of non-smokers is now more strictly controlled and pursued.

Since the end of August 2017, there has been a general ban on plastic bags, even possession is a criminal offense, there is a risk of high fines and possibly even imprisonment.
Due to the still unclear criminal law regulations, it is recommended not to bring any plastic bags with you when entering Kenya.

Money / credit cards

The national currency is the Kenya Shilling (KES). Cash can be withdrawn at ATMs with credit cards and debit cards from European banks, depending on the security precautions of the respective bank, up to a maximum of KES 40,000. It is helpful to have a small amount in one-dollar bills close at hand in order to cover initial costs, e.g. B. for a taxi to be able to deny.

Entry and customs

Entry and transit regulations may currently differ due to measures to contain COVID-19, see Current.

Entry and import regulations for German citizens can change at short notice without the Foreign Office being informed beforehand. You can only obtain legally binding information and / or information that goes beyond this information on the entry and customs regulations for importing goods directly from the representatives of your destination country.
You can find the customs regulations for Germany on the website of the German customs and via the “Customs and Travel” app, or you can inquire about them by telephone.

Travel documents

Entry is possible for German citizens with the following documents:

  • Passport: Yes
  • Temporary passport: Yes
  • Identity card: No
  • Provisional identity card: No
  • Children's passport: Yes

Comments / minimum remaining validity:
At the time of entry, travel documents must be valid for at least six months after the end of the stay. It is necessary to present a return or onward travel ticket.

The requirements of individual airlines for the documents to be carried by their passengers differ in part from the state regulations.


German citizens need a visa to enter the country.
Children under the age of 16 are excluded if they are traveling with their parents.
In other cases, children under the age of 16 receive their visas free of charge.

From January 1, 2021, visas can only be applied for via the electronic visa system.

Further information and instructions for applying for a visa are available from the Department of Immigration and the Embassy of the Republic of Kenya.
The Kenyan authorities urgently advise against the use of other online providers with, in some cases, fraudulent intentions.

Basically there is also the possibility to apply for an East African Visa, valid for multiple entries for the countries Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda. The cost is US $ 100. Before you start your journey, you should ask the Kenyan embassy whether this visa is issued at the airport or national borders or only online.

If you are planning to continue your journey to one of the neighboring countries with subsequent re-entry to Kenya, you should apply for a “multi-entry” visa.

starting work

If you intend to work in a social institution or non-governmental organization, a work permit is required. Further information is available from the Kenyan State Department for Immigration.
Against the background of relevant, not always favorable experiences, you should inform yourself as comprehensively as possible about the institution in question or about a German partner institution. Also address the security of the accommodation. In some cases, a not inconsiderable financial contribution is levied for the collaboration.


There are no known special regulations for the entry of minors.

Import regulations

There is no limit to the amount of foreign currency that can be imported. Local currency may only be imported or exported up to an equivalent value of 6,000 US dollars.

The import of weapons (including gas pistols, tear gas and other weapons for self-defense that are freely available in Germany) and drugs of all kinds is strictly prohibited.

Valuable electronic devices must be declared upon entry.

The import of any kind of pornographic material is prohibited.

Since most exotic animal and plant species are protected, the possession and thus also the export of corresponding souvenirs are prohibited and are punishable by high fines or imprisonment.


For the import of cats and dogs, the Embassy of Kenya in Berlin issues an import permit upon presentation of the EU pet passport, a current veterinary health certificate and a fee.



The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared the disease COVID-19, which is triggered by the novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, a pandemic.


In January 2019, WHO declared delaying or skipping vaccinations as a threat to global health. In particular, the lack of vaccination against measles poses a high risk when the number of cases increases internationally.

  • As part of your travel preparations, check your and your children's vaccination protection against measles and have this supplemented if necessary.

Vaccination protection

A valid yellow fever vaccination is required for all travelers older than 1 year when entering from a yellow fever endemic area. When entering from Germany or with a transit time of less than 12 hours at an airport in a yellow fever endemic area, proof of vaccination is not mandatory, but is recommended for travel in the country for all persons ≥ 9 months.

  • Make sure that you and your children have the standard vaccinations according to the vaccination calendar of the Robert Koch Institute up to date.
  • Hepatitis A and polio are recommended as travel vaccinations, and hepatitis B, typhoid, rabies and meningococcal disease (ACWY) are recommended for long-term stays or special exposure.
  • Please note the instructions for use and help for the indication in the travel vaccination recommendations leaflet.
  • The DTG offers up-to-date, detailed travel vaccination recommendations for specialist groups.

Dengue fever

Dengue viruses are transmitted in Kenya mainly in the coastal regions by diurnal Aedes mosquitoes. The disease is usually associated with fever, skin rash and pronounced pain in the limbs and is increasingly affecting travelers as well. In rare cases, especially in children, serious complications, including possible death, occur. Overall, however, complications for travelers are rare. There is neither a vaccination nor chemoprophylaxis nor a specific therapy against dengue fever, see also information sheet on dengue fever.

  • To avoid dengue fever, protect yourself consistently against mosquito bites as part of exposure prophylaxis, especially during the day.

Chikungunya fever

Chikungunya viruses are diurnal Aedes- Mosquitoes transmitted. The disease is characterized by a high fever and possibly prolonged joint and muscle pain. The symptoms can often not be clearly distinguished from other mosquito-borne diseases. Chikungunya fever does not always heal without consequences; long-term rheumatoid-like symptoms rarely occur. There is neither a vaccination nor chemoprophylaxis nor a specific therapy, see also the information sheet on Chikungunya fever.

  • To avoid Chikungunya fever, protect yourself consistently against mosquito bites as part of exposure prophylaxis, especially during the day.


Malaria is caused by crepuscular and nocturnal anopheles- Mosquitoes transmitted. In the whole country there is a high risk of malaria below 2,500m (P.falciparum more than 99%). In Nairobi there are only very few isolated cases, see German Society for Tropical Medicine and International Health e.V. If left untreated, the dangerous one is particularly dangerous Malaria tropica often fatal in non-immune Europeans. The disease can break out weeks to months after your stay in the risk area, see also the Malaria leaflet.

  • If you develop a fever during or even months after a corresponding trip, see your doctor as soon as possible and inform him about your stay in a malaria area.

To avoid malaria, protect yourself consistently against insect bites as part of exposure prophylaxis. You should pay particular attention to the following points:

  • Wear light-colored clothing that covers the body (long trousers, long shirts).
  • Repeatedly apply insect repellent to all exposed parts of the body, during the day (dengue) as well as in the evening and at night (malaria).
  • If necessary, sleep under an impregnated mosquito net.

Depending on the travel profile, in addition to the necessary exposure prophylaxis, chemoprophylaxis (taking tablets) is also useful. Various prescription drugs (e.g. atovaquone proguanil, doxycycline, mefloquine) are available on the German market for this purpose.