New rules: you need a digital health pass as a traveler departing from Kenya
As of January 11th, passengers departing from Kenya will be required to have their negative Covid-19 test verified digitally. This is a law applicable in helping reduce the number of forged certificates among travelers, during the ongoing pandemic that has claimed millions of lives worldwide.
Kenya Civil Aviation Authority (KCAA) Director General Gilbert Kibe, on January. 10th, said they were introducing the rules inline with the Kenya’s Ministry of Health, The Africa CDC and the African Union.
How it works
Trusted Travel, an online system will be relied on, after being deployed across Africa with the health and travel agencies terming it as “trustworthy” and “safe”.
The passengers travelling from Kenya, have to visit authorized laboratories – those that have been onboarded onto the TT systems, to obtain RT PCR Covid-19 test. Once their results are ready; they will be issued with a Trusted Travel code.
After the test, one will receive an SMS text message from panaBIOS as well as, an email from the testing center; with the valid link that guides the passenger to generate their required travel code.
This is the code that they will need to present to Port Health and Security Authorities, as well as the booking airlines for verification purposes, before being allowed to proceed with departure procedure.
Should the test certificate center be unavailable via the Trusted Travel system, www.globalhaven.org as an alternative portal.
Upon successful validation against destination country requirements, passengers will be issued with a secondary travel stamp (TC code) by the system for exit approval for Kenya.
Note: The Covid-19 test requirement should be less than 96 hours (4 days) old before travel time.
This new health digital service is provided to Kenyan citizens and related government agencies free of charge, as shared by Kenya’s Health CS Mutahi Kagwe. It is as a result of cooperation with the African Union.