Travel Requirements and Documentation

Travel Requirements and Documentation

 

  1. Visas

Visa requirements for Kenya

The Government of Kenya fully automated the issuance of visa starting 1st January 2021. In this regard, all passengers travelling from countries that require a visa to enter Kenya should apply, pay and obtain an e-visa prior to entry into Kenya. The Republic of Sudan, the Republic of South Sudan and the Islamic Republic of Iran are exempted from the requirements of online visas. Residents in these three countries can apply for a manual visa at the Kenya Embassies in Khartoum, Juba and Tehran. However, the visa must be obtained before travelling to Kenya.

How to apply for the e-visa:

  1. Go to http://evisa.go.ke/ and create an account
  2. Fill the application form and pay the required fee
  3. Once the application is approved, you can download your e-visa PDF file.

Processing visa applications by the government of Kenya takes up to 72 hours. We, however, recommend that you make an application at least 7 working days prior to travel to give plenty of time for the application process to be completed.

Note: Single Entry Visas are valid only for 90 days from the date of issue.

For further information on immigration requirements in Kenya, visit www.immigration.ecitizen.go.ke/ or contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Visa requirements for Tanzania

Any traveller from a country requiring a visa to enter Tanzania is required to obtain an e-visa before entry. Although visas are still being issued upon arrival, we recommend that you obtain the visa in advance to avoid any inconvenience.

How to apply for the e-visa:

  1. Go to eservices.immigration.go.tz and start the new visa application
  2. Fill in all required details and attach the required documents for the Visa (*You will get an email with User Identification Number)
  3. Pay the required fee
  4. Upon approval, download the e-visa

The Tanzanian authority allows you to make a visa application six months in advance before the date of your trip.

Note: Tourist visas allow you to stay in the country for 30 days.

For further information on immigration requirements in Tanzania, please visit www.immigration.go.tz or contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Visa requirements for Uganda

Any traveller from a country requiring a visa to enter Uganda may obtain their visas online or from the embassies of their home countries. We recommend that you apply for the visa well in advance to avoid inconvenience.

How to apply for the e-visa:

  1. Go to visas.immigration.go.ug and choose application type
  2. Fill the application form, attach any required documents and pay the applicable fee
  3. Pay the required fee
  4. Upon approval, download the e-visa.

Further information on immigration requirements in Uganda, visit www.immigration.go.ug/ or contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

East Africa Tourist Visa 

This is a single entry visa for travellers visiting Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda simultaneously. It is multi-entry within the three countries valid for 90 days. It, however, expires automatically if the traveller ventures outside of the three countries. It is accessible online through the respective immigration sites or embassies abroad).

 

  1. Passport Validity

Your passport should be valid for a minimum period of 6 months from the date of entry into Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania.

 

  1. Health requirements - Covid-19

Kenya:

All passengers arriving in or transiting through Kenya must have a negative PCR COVID-19 certificate for a test conducted 96 hours prior to travel. The full list of quarantine exempt countries can be found here https://kcaa.or.ke/quarantine-exempted-states.

All travellers arriving in Kenya must also complete a COVID-19 Travellers Health Surveillance Form before their arrival, even if only transiting.

Outgoing travellers must similarly obtain a negative COVID-19 certificate in accordance with the trusted Traveler (TT) Initiative and the PanaBios system if their transit or destination country requires it.  Travellers who intend to depart Kenya must first visit an authorized laboratory, obtain a negative PCR COVID-19 test, and be issued a TT code verified by airlines and immigration authorities. Follow this guide to obtain the TT code.

Tanzania:

All travellers into Tanzania are required to present a negative COVID-19 PCR test certificate taken no more than 72 hours before arrival.

All travellers into Tanzania are required to truthfully fill in an online Traveler's Surveillance Form available at https://afyamsafiri.moh.go.tz within 24 hours before arrival.

All travellers will be subjected to enhanced screening for COVID-19 infection including a rapid test. The cost for a rapid test is US$25 per traveller.

Travellers on transit in other countries more than 72 hours will be required to be re-tested by rapid test upon arrival in Tanzania.

All travellers arriving from India or those who have travelled through India in the last 14 days regardless of the route taken shall be subjected to rapid test upon arrival in Tanzania followed by stringent contact tracing and 14 days mandatory quarantine at their own cost at one of these government-designated places. Returning residents arriving from India will be allowed to isolate themselves in their homes under a strict surveillance system.

Arrivals from countries with new COVID-19 variants will also be subject to mandatory quarantine at their own expense for 14 days.

Upon arrival at all points of entry, all travellers including returning residents will be provided with health information cards with toll-free number and advised to self-monitor for symptoms and signs. In case they develop any symptoms and signs, they will be tested and treated at designated health facilities by the Government at their own cost.

Uganda:

On arrival at Entebbe International Airport, you will be required to provide a negative COVID-19 test certificate issued no more than 120 hours before boarding the aircraft.

All travellers, including children and infants, from India, the USA, UK, UAE, Turkey, South Africa, Ethiopia, Kenya, South Sudan and Tanzania will be subjected to a PCR COVID-19 test upon arrival in Uganda at US$65 per person. Those who test positive will be isolated in a government-designated facility.

Travellers, except those from India, who have received the full COVID-19 vaccination and are asymptomatic will be allowed into the country without the need for testing upon arrival.

Only test certificates which state travel as the intended purpose will be valid for departure from Uganda.

Exemption: Infants aged three and under are exempt as long as the accompanying parents have a negative test certificate.

Departing passengers are required to present a negative COVID-19 PCR test certificate, issued no more than 120 hours before travel. The 120 hours begin on the day the sample is collected for testing.

 

  1. Health requirements - Yellow Fever

Kenya: The Republic of Kenya requires travellers from a country with a risk of Yellow Fever transmission to have a Yellow Fever Vaccination Certificate. This applies to travellers 1 year of age and older coming from - or who are in airport transit for more than 12 hours within.

Tanzania: Yellow fever immunization is mandatory for travellers arriving from countries with the risk of yellow fever transmission. These travellers must provide proof of yellow fever vaccination.

For more information on this, please visit https://moh.go.tz/en/yellow-fever-entry

Uganda: All travellers to the Republic of Uganda MUST have a valid Yellow Fever Immunization card.

Exemption: Any traveller less than 9 months or older than 60years who cannot undertake the yellow fever vaccination needs to consult a medical practitioner before travel and carry with them a medical letter of exemption.

 

  1. Health requirements - Ebola

Kenya: All inbound and outbound travellers via the Kisumu International Airport will be subjected to Ebola screening. This affects our passengers crossing into Uganda from Mara and vice versa (Mara - Kisumu - Entebbe - Kisumu - Mara service).

Uganda: All inbound and outbound travellers will be subjected to a mandatory Ebola screening at the Entebbe International Airport.

 

 

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