SAFARI TRAVEL REQUIREMENTS
Here are our updated guidelines to help you travel to Kenya & Tanzania now! Our team is dedicated to making your travel experience as seamless and safe as possible, and to keep you regularly informed throughout. We will be regularly monitoring and adjusting this information to keep you up to date on all of the latest travel guidelines.

International flights to Kenya are open, the number of Covid-19 cases are relatively low and the Kenyan government is welcoming visitors back to our beautiful country.

Covid-19 Vaccination
Kenya has begun rolling out the covid-19 vaccine for its citizens and our front-line staff have received their first injections.

Want to book but unsure? We are enabling multiple postponements of safari trips if the reason is specifically connected to COVID. We will work with you to make sure your safari, your health and your peace of mind are protected.


Responsibility

It is the guest’s responsibility to ensure they meet all Covid-19 related travel requirements and are up-to-date on travel restriction information. The Alex Walker’s Serian team are here to help where we can and support you so your safari is as stress-free as possible. The below document serves to support you in your travels.

Flying Doctors

For the starting price of USD $16 AMREF’s Flying Doctors offer a medevac service from rural Tanzanian areas to Nairobi, which is inclusive of critical/emergency Covid-19 related medical air evacuation to cover travel for a period of 30 days or less. Contact AMREF here for more details, or contact us directly to facilitate.

Insurance

Prior to travelling, please make sure that you have medical insurance cover that also includes treatment for Covid-19 whilst on vacation in Kenya.

In-Bound to Kenya: Covid-19 Travel Kenyan Government Requirements

All inbound travellers, even those only transiting Kenya, must carry a Covid-19 negative certificate taken within 96 hours before departure that can be digitally certified through the Trusted Travel Initiative. As of 12th January 2021, new additional requirements have been announced in collaboration with the Africa Center for Disease Control (ACDC) and with the technical support of panaBIOS. This additional step is to improve the integrity of the testing regime. For inbound travelers a TT (Trusted Travel) code will be needed.

Traveller’s Health Surveillance Form

All arriving passengers are required to complete an online Traveller’s Health Surveillance Form from the Ministry of Health in Kenya. Passengers will receive a QR code after completing the form which they must display to the Port Health Official before proceeding through immigration.

Some airlines are advising that the QR code should be available prior to flight departure. It is our recommendation to complete before flight embarkation.

E-Visa Implementation

From the 1st January 2021, all travelers to Kenya requiring an entry visa will need to have an E-visa, having applied for it ahead of travel online. Visas on arrival will no longer be available. Travelers may not be permitted to board the departing aircraft without it.

NOTE: It is advisable to print out all your documents IN COLOUR before arriving into Kenya, as this will vastly speed up the process on arrival at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport: your E-visa, your Health Surveillance QR code, and your PCR Covid-19 test.

You can check the travel requirements for your safari HERE

Government Health Check

Once you have disembarked the aircraft, you will proceed through the government health checks before immigration and customs. All arriving passengers on international flights whose body temperature is NOT above 37.5° C (99.5°F); do NOT have a persistent cough, difficulty in breathing or other flu-like symptoms; have a negative PCR based COVID-19 test carried out within 96 hours before travel.

Quarantine

Quarantine is not a requirement if you have all of your documents in order including a Negative Covid-19 PCR test and if on arrival your temperature is normal. However certain countries are restricted from travelling to Kenya and/or require quarantine at a government-designated hotel. Please check the details in this regard.

Flights After Curfew

Passengers arriving on flights after the curfew (22:00 – 04:00), with a valid air ticket and boarding pass shall be allowed to proceed to their hotels/residences. Our drivers will need a copy of your air ticket in order to be authorized to drive after curfew hours.

There are government protocols in place for your safety and the safety of our staff, which we must comply with. We will do our very best to accommodate every guest’s personal needs and requests to ensure every one is as comfortable as possible but these are protocols that every guest must adhere to when on safari with us.

We strive to be flexible, transparent and approachable at all times; we are here to help. Please do not hesitate to ask any of our team members, any questions you may have, at any time.

Wearing a Mask: Wearing a mask at all times in public spaces is compulsory by law in Kenya, so please make sure to travel with a mask/s, we do provide a mask at each of our properties for your stay in Kenya. Masks to be worn at all times when not in your tent/room, except when you are eating and drinking.

Hand Sanitizer: There will be plenty of hand sanitizer available throughout your safari.

Daily Temperature Checks: As per the Kenyan regulations, we have to check your temperature daily throughout your stay with us.

Mask:

It is mandatory that you wear your mask when out in public.

Temperature:

Your temperature will be taken when entering most establishments. You may ask for them to take it on your wrist if you prefer.

Curfew:

There is a curfew in place in Kenya from 10:00 pm to 4:00 am.

Can you get a Covid test before your departure?

Yes, Covid-19 tests are readily available in Nairobi. We also offer a concierge service for Covid-19 testing at camp.

The fee for the test is $120pp in Mararianta about 20 minutes from camp or the technician can camp to camp for $140pp.

How long does it take to get the results?

The results come back within 48 hours. The test needs to be booked two days before the test needs to be taken.

View all of our protocols here

Responsibility

It is the guest’s responsibility to ensure they meet all Covid-19 related travel requirements and are up-to-date on travel restriction information. The Alex Walker’s Serian team are here to help where we can and support you so your safari is as stress-free as possible. The below document serves to support you in your travels.

Flying Doctors

For the starting price of USD $16 AMREF’s Flying Doctors offer a medevac service from rural Tanzanian areas to Nairobi, which is inclusive of critical/emergency Covid-19 related medical air evacuation to cover travel for a period of 30 days or less. Contact AMREF here for more details, or contact us directly to facilitate.

Insurance

Prior to travelling, please make sure that you have medical insurance cover that also includes treatment for Covid-19 whilst on vacation in Tanzania.

PCR test required for all

All travellers will need to present a negative PCR test no older than 72 hours prior to arrival in Tanzania.

Traveller’s in transit for 72 hrs+

Any traveller in transit for more than 72 hours will be required to show their PCR certificate but will also be retested on arrival using a rapid flow test costing $25 per person paid in cash.

Health surveillance form

Tanzania has recently introduced an online traveller’s health surveillance form, which must be completed 24 hours before arrival in the country.

Tanzania E-visa

You can now apply for an Online Visa to visit the United Republic of Tanzania (both Tanzania Mainland and Zanzibar). You are required to fill in the online form, make payment, and submit your application online. Your form will be internally reviewed and processed.

Rapid flow test required for all

Currently it appears that all travellers will be required to take a rapid flow test on arrival in Tanzania (at a cost of $25 per person paid in cash) but we’re seeking further clarification on this element.

We strive to be flexible, transparent and approachable at all times; we are here to help. Please do not hesitate to ask any of our team members, any questions you may have.

Wearing a Mask:

Although not compulsory in Tanzania we recommend using you mask where ever possible.

Hand Sanitizer:

There will be plenty of hand sanitizer available throughout your safari.

Daily Temperature Checks:

Our staff will have daily temperature checks.

View all of our protocols here

COVID 19 PREPARATIONS & POLICIES AT
ALEX WALKER’S SERIAN CAMPS
The Serian team has implemented a strategic approach to COVID-19 protocols to provide a safe and healthy environment for our guests and staff. We operate small tented camps featuring exclusive use of vehicle, and all activities are private, so has it has been a relatively seamless transition to the “new normal”.

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