Notice - COVID-19
In line with the directive from the Government of Kenya, Embassy staff will be working at home where possible from Wednesday the 18 March. To contact us, please use our Contact Us form, or call +254 716 353 999.
The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade advises against any further non–essential travel to Kenya until further notice. The full Travel Advice for Kenya is available at https://www.dfa.ie/travel/travel-advice/a-z-list-of-countries/kenya/
If you are already in Kenya, we strongly encourage you to register with the Embassy: https://www.dfa.ie/travel/citizens-registration
The Kenyan Government has implemented a nationwide curfew starting at 9pm and ending at 4am each day. During this time, everyone – with the exception of essential workers -- is required to stay at home or remain indoors. Please observe the curfew and, if you are out during the day, ensure you allow adequate time to return home by 9pm. While social distancing was being observed in large part throughout the day, the Kenyan authorities noted that it was not being observed after dark, which is the reason the curfew has been implemented.
No movement is allowed into or out of the Nairobi metropolitan area. Similar restrictions will also apply to Mombasa, and Mandera counties. Movement within these areas is permitted once people continue to observe the curfew from 9pm until 4am.
Public venues such as shopping malls and supermarkets have also implemented actions to enforce social distancing, including through limiting the number of customers at any particular time. Random temperature screenings in public places are now also in effect.
Kenya authorities have announced that all persons visiting public places such as supermarkets, open air markets, public transport and other public areas should at all times wear a face mask to reduce the chances of transmission of the virus.
For those who need to renew a Kenyan visa, the Kenyan Immigration Department has announced visa extensions will be managed online from 13 April 2020. Information on how to do so, as well as apply for other forms of documentation such as residence permits, is at https://twitter.com/ImmigrationDept/status/1247838747422593024
Useful Contact Numbers
The dedicated Department of Foreign Affairs phone line for Irish citizens with travel-related concerns about COVIDー19 is (+353 (0)1 613 1733)
Aga Khan University Hospital HOTLINE: +254709931700
Kenyan Ministry of Health HOTLINE Toll Free 0800721316 Mobile: 0729471414 and 073235353
The Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade information page on Coronavirus
Information on the Coronavirus from the Health Service Executive of Ireland
Information on the Coronavirus from the World Health Organisation
Kenyan Ministry of Health
Travel Advice for Kenya
Kenyan Department of Immigration contact numbers