Traveling to/from Kenya


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The situation is changing from time to time according to the new coronavirus infection. Please refer to the following information to obtain the latest information and plan your travel accordingly.


QR Code to be obtained from the MHLW website when leaving Kenya
When you check-in at the Nairobi airport, you will need to present the QR code that the Japanese Ministry of Health, Labor, and Welfare requires for entry into Japan. (It is essential that you get the code and point to it before you leave for the Nairobi airport.)
Please refer to “5.Entering the questionnaire for entry, obtaining the QR code” below.


On 2021/07/18, I entered Kenya. At the time of departure at Kansai airport (AirFrance), all that was verified was the eVISA and the QR code issued by the Kenya MOH. During transit in Paris, I was asked to confirm my PCR negative certificate (especially the date of specimen collection).
When I entered Kenya, I just submitted (printed on paper) the QR code from the Kenya MOH (see 3. below) at the quarantine, and was not asked to present the TT code from Africa CDC. After that, I only had to go through the normal immigration process (submit my eVISA).


<As of June 18, 2021, the western region of Kenya has been designated as a hotspot zone area, and restrictions on movement have been imposed.>
In the past 14 days, Busia, Vihiga, Kisii, Nyamira, Kakamega, Bungoma, Kericho, Bomet, Trans Nzoia, Kisumu, Siaya, Homa Bay, and Migori counties have accounted for 60% of the total number of cases in Kenya. The positivity rate in the aforementioned counties averages 21%, as opposed to the national average of 9%. The proximity to the Republic of Uganda, where a rapid increase in COVID-19 infections has been reported, is also thought to impact. For these reasons, these counties were designated as hotspot zones on June 18. Travel to (from) these areas will be restricted. In addition, a ban on gatherings and a curfew (from 7 pm to 4 am) has been enforced.

<For air travel within Kenya: QR code is required>
(Added on July 22, 2021)
In accordance with the travel restrictions, a QR code issued by the Kenyan Ministry of Health is required for air travel within Kenya.
You can get it from here.
The QR code will be downloaded automatically right after you finish typing it (by the way, I used an Android phone at this time). The QR code will be saved in your downloads folder, so look for it there. The name of the file is “Travellers_QR_Code.pdf“.

You will need to enter the following information: airline name, flight number, seat number, boarding date, name, date of birth, cell phone number, email, passport number (ID number), and address. The seat number was randomly entered since small domestic flights are indefinite. As for the address, since the form asks for a county or sub-county within Kenya, I just entered Nairobi. I entered only the required fields (marked with an asterisk (*)) because it was tedious.
About six hours later, I received an email with the following subject: MOH KENYA – JITENGE QRCODE.

☞ When I traveled from Nairobi to Kisumu on Tuesday, July 20, I did not get this code, so I presented the QR code from the Ministry of Health that I used when I entered the country upon arrival at Kisumu airport, and it was fine.
☞ When I returned to Nairobi (Wilson) from Homabay on Friday, July 23, I was asked to present the QR code at Wilson airport. I was able to get out with the QR code I got from the website above. Other passengers were struggling at the exit because they did not have the QR code. It seems that they were made to register on the spot.
☞ When I traveled to Mombasa on Monday, July 26, I was asked to present the QR code at the Mombasa airport where I arrived. The code is also read by a barcode reader. Since we were asked to register at the check-in, many passengers had QR codes with them. By the way, there was no check at the Nairobi airport on the way back.


May 15, 2021,
6. Installation of necessary smartphone apps
Among the applications designated by the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare (MHLW), the installation status is checked at the airport quarantine area when entering Japan, the video calling application has been changed from Skype to MySOS.
Please note that you will need to install the MySOS app from a special URL or QR code.

<Preparation for traveling to Kenya>

Currently, the following procedures are required to travel to Kenya.

1. Obtaining PCR test and PCR negative certificate (within 96 hours before departure)

For Nagasaki University: You can have a PCR test (saliva) at Nagasaki University Hospital. You can receive the results on the day. Here

If you are unable to take the PCR test at Nagasaki University Hospital (weekdays only) due to the day of the week of your departure flight, you can travel earlier to the departure airport to take the test, such as the PCR test center at Narita Airport. A negative test result can be obtained about two hours after the test. You can also make an appointment for the test time.


Information from a researcher who departed from Narita on August 10, 2021.
PCR Testing Center (Narita Airport)

It is located in both Terminal 1 and Terminal 2, but Terminal 2 is open 24 hours. It takes 1-2 hours to get a negative certificate, so please make sure to get it at least 2.5 hours before your flight.
I made a reservation online at the URL above so that I could get the certificate two and a half hours before my flight.
On the day of my flight, I visited the PCR Center directly after arriving at Narita Airport (around 3:00 p.m.).
I was told that they would be able to help me right away without waiting for my appointment.
As instructed, I filled out the application form again by hand, was accepted, paid (credit card payment accepted), and then took my temperature and blood pressure.
Next, I took my temperature and blood pressure.
At the time of payment, you will be told when you will receive the negative certificate, so please listen carefully.
Please listen carefully. You will be told verbally, but it will not be written down anywhere.
With almost no waiting, the attendant led me to the PCR test. I had eaten and drank within an hour before the test.
I had eaten and drank within an hour before the test, so I had to swab the back of my nose, but the whole process took about 15 minutes.
On August 10, the day of my departure, the test results were more than twice as long as usual (4 hours), probably because it was right after the Olympics.
I was told that I would have to wait for four hours to receive the test results.
After receiving the results, I received a message from the MOH.
After receiving the results, I had to apply for a QR code from the MOH and a TT code from Africa CDC.
The negative certificate was handed to me on paper.
The negative certificate will be handed to you on paper, but in order to obtain the TT code, you need to upload the negative certificate.
The negative certificate will be handed to you on paper, but in order to obtain the TT code, you will need to take a picture of the negative certificate with your smartphone camera or go to a convenience store (7-Eleven on the 4th floor of Terminal 2).
In order to get the TT code, you need to take a picture of the negative certificate with your smartphone camera or make a PDF file using the multi-printing machine at the convenience store (7-Eleven on the 4th floor in Terminal 2). I used the scanner I brought with me.
I used a scanner that I brought with me to convert them to pdf.

2. eVISA (Currently, you cannot get On arrival VISA at the airport) Click here  

☞ It is a new application system. Documents can only be uploaded as images. It is necessary to convert PDF such as invitations into images by screen capture etc.


You can start the application by clicking the eVISA Application .

 History (input data) remains.
* You will also need a photo of your passport cover. The photo size (also on the face photo page) will not be accepted unless it is small (about 320KB). The invitation letter is also an image. It also needs to be smaller.
☞ image size reduction is, here from

The purpose of travel is Visit.
On the way, you will be asked the purpose of your trip. If you choose Business or meeting, you will need to upload a copy of the inviting institution’s registration card. If you select Visit (which doesn’t make sense), it’s not there. You will be asked to show an image of the ticket instead.

3. Enter the Kenya Travelers Health Surveillance form and get the QR code here 

☞ A QR code will be sent to your registered email address when the procedure is complete. The subject is “MOH KENYA – JITENGE QR CODE”.

☞ This code will be verified by the staff on the staff’s smartphone before immigration at the airport. It seems that there are times when there is no confirmation and only the printed QR code is repaired. By confirming this code, the following 6. JITENGE account seems to be activated, but when the QR code was collected on paper or confirmed only on the screen of the smartphone, the quarantine officer did not enter the QR code on the terminal. In that case, it seems that the JITENGE account may not be activated (you cannot enter symptoms, etc.). Even in that case, there was no particular problem (there was no confirmation at the time of departure).


The QR code obtained here will be read by the quarantine officer and will be linked to JITENGE (see below). Also, messages to SMS on cell phones are read from this QR code. (Dr. T’s information)

4. Install the JITENGE app

You will need to record your health for 14 days after arriving in Kenya.

Click here to download to the JITENGE app.

It seems to be the android version only. 


2021/03/03 When I entered Japan, the QR code was not confirmed (I only submitted the paper with the QR code printed on it), and my JITENGE account was not activated. 
Therefore, I could not record my health, but it was not confirmed at the time of departure.


This is the information from Dr. T, who is posted in Kenya (March 30 diary).
Below is the screenshot of JITENGE. You need to report every day (14 days).

If you fail to report it, you will receive a warning SMS (below).

However, there is probably no penalty… (according to Dr. T).

5.Obtaining Trusted Traveler (TT) code issued by Africa CDC Click here Not working?


Message from the Embassy of Japan in Kenya (dated Friday, 30th April, 2021)
In response to the information received in the Consular Emails of January 19 and April 9 regarding the requirement to obtain a Trusted Travel (TT) code at the time of entry into Kenya, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Kenya has now announced that all travelers entering Kenya will be required to obtain a negative PCR test certificate in accordance with the guidelines of the Trusted Traveler (TT) electronic verification system and the PanaBios system. However, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Kenya has now informed us that it is mandatory for all travelers entering Kenya to obtain a negative PCR test certificate in accordance with the guidelines of the Trusted Traveler ( TT) electronic verification system and the PanaBios system and that the Trusted Travel system will be fully operational upon entry into Kenya.
For more information on how to obtain the Trusted Travel (TT) code, please refer to the following website
 Please note that the Trusted Travel (TT) Code will be required not only at the time of departure from Kenya but also at the time of entry into Kenya.
→As of July 19, 2021
When I entered Kenya on July 18, 2021, I was not required to present this TT code. (By AirFrance)

How to digitally authenticate (get a TT code) from African CDC>

  1. Register for an account at  (Sign up in the bottom right corner)
  2. Log in 
  3. Select “Check In” from the menu on the left, then “Check in
  4. Select your country of departure/destination in Departure country/Destination country and click Next.
  5. Check the PCR test method required when entering the country of your choice, and select the following items
    Selection method: Select “Upload lab test certificate (Non TT)“.
    Select lab: If the institution that conducted the PCR test is listed, select it. If not, enter the Lab Name/ Lab country/ Lab Street Address. Upload the negative PCR test certificate in Upload test certificate.
    Enter your travel information (airline, flight information, seat number, and passport number), and click Save.
    A TT code will be issued (QR code format).
  6. Save the screen, or print it out and carry it with you
  7. The QR code will be issued as soon as the registration is completed.

☞ On Wednesday, March 3, 2021, this code was not verified at the airport in Nairobi when entering Kenya.

☞ On Sunday, July 18, 2021, when I arrived in Nairobi (AirFrance), this TT code (QR code) was not checked. (Incidentally, at the AF check-in (Kansai International Airport), only the QR code of the Kenyan Ministry of Health was checked.

(By the way, at the time of AF check-in (Kansai International Airport), only the QR code of the Kenyan Ministry of Health was used.) ☞ On July 20, 2021, the researcher using Emirates was asked to confirm the AfricaCDC TT code at the time of Emirates check-in in Japan (Narita International Airport) and was made to register on the spot. It is recommended that you obtain the TT code in advance when using Emirates. (The Kenya Ministry of Health’s QR code will be checked.

6. Register with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs every time from here

<Preparation for returning to Japan from Kenya>

There are several procedures that need to be completed before you can return to Japan. Please note that there are changes quite often. Please check the website of the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare.

At the moment (2021/08/03), the following items are required for returning to Japan:

What you will need at the Kenyan airport when you leave Kenya

The only thing you will need is the QR code issued by AfricaCDC as described in section 3 below. (In addition to your ticket and passport)

Items required when entering Japan (5 items)

(1) Negative certificate in MHLW format as described in section 2 below.

(2) Written oath as described in 4. below.

(3) QR code issued after filling out the web survey form (1) in 5. below.

(4) MySOS, a smartphone application, as described in section 6 below, and

(5) health card (also known as an additional questionnaire) distributed on the plane, as described in section 5 below.

1. Obtain PCR test and proof of negative result (within 72 hours of departure)

This negative certificate (test in Kenya) will be required to access the airport in Nairobi, but the AfiricaCDC TT code shown below should also work (the testing lab will report the negative certificate on the AfiricaCDC website, and the Africa CDC will contact you via email or SMS to issue the TT code).


As a PCR testing institution, 
Medlynks, located in Landmark Plaza, directly opposite Nairobi Hospital in Nairobi, is available in Japanese. 
PCR inspection fee 6800Ksh, document issuance fee for Japan (2500Ksh), + 500Ksh if you carry it by motorcycle courier. 
The test is a PCR test, which is performed by collecting two samples from the oral mucosa and pharyngeal mucosa based on the Kenyan government’s guidelines. 
The test documents will be issued in the morning of the next day after the sample collection in the evening. 
(Card payment, MPesa payment)

2. Obtain a negative certificate in MHLW format


Style of the inspection certificate was acquired in response to the inspection within pre-departure 72 hours (the time from sample collection to the departure time of boarding scheduled flights), a predetermined format (日本語japanese、英語 english)
If there is no medical institution that can issue a test certificate in the prescribed format, you can submit any format, but the above “contents to be stated in the test certificate” must be satisfied.
The names of medical institutions/doctors and imprints may not always be obtained in each country, so they may be considered as valid proof at the discretion of the quarantine officer.

<About test certification> Regarding the information
test method from the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare , “PCR (polymerase chain reaction) method of nucleic acid amplification test (Nucleic Acid Amplification Test)”, LAMP (Loop- Either “mediated isothermal amplification) method” or “quantitative antigen test” is effective. Please note that the antigen qualitative test is not valid.

3. Obtaining a Trusted Traveler (TT) code issued by Africa CDC

Kenya’s PCR testing facility has already been registered and approved, so testing at a registered testing institute is required. When you receive a PCR test at a laboratory, the testing agency will register the results with the Africa CDC along with the email address of the person being tested. You will receive an email when the test results are available. Sometimes it seems that it is classified as spam mail. The email will be sent from ← @ with the subject “Lab Test Certificate.” You can get the TT code (actually the QR code) by opening the link shown in the email.

A printout of the PDF file of the TT code that was emailed by Africa CDC (actually, Panabios): better to have it printed because it was too cumbersome to view on the screen when you are in the Nairobi airport. The yellow sticker on the bottom right is the one that was put on at the entrance of the airport (printing is an easier procedure)

When leaving Kenya on March 10, 2021 (using Emirates Airlines), the TT code (QR code) will be read by the staff at the time of entering the terminal (outside) and the QR required for entering Japan. The code (4. below) has been confirmed. 
The QR code (required when entering Japan) was also confirmed at the check-in counter. 
There seems to be a manual for each country of the final destination, and it seems that we will respond while looking at it.

By the way, the JKIA terminal of Emirates Airlines has changed since February. 
If you get off at the same central shared drop-off point as before, you will have to walk a lot (or take a taxi).

* The boarding terminal of Emirates has moved to T2. (As of March 10, 2021)
* The terminal (immigration, etc.) upon arrival will be in the same location as before.


On 2021/03/10, when I was in transit in Dubai returning from Nairobi, I was also asked to show proof of PCR negative and the QR code for returning from MHLW.

4. Documents required when entering Japan ( pledge )

Must be printed and filled out. We recommend that you print it out in advance.


英語 English version for Pledge form.

5.Entering the questionnaire for entry, obtaining the QR code

  1. QR CODE: Before entering Japan, it is advisable to obtain a response to the survey conducted by the Ministry of Health, Labor, and Welfare and the QR code obtained after that. It will take time after arrival, so it is recommended that you complete the entry and obtain a QR code before departure. It is convenient to complete online check-in for boarding as you will be required to enter your seat number.

Click here for the Ministry of Health, Labor, and Welfare questionnaire.

In the middle of the survey, there is information on adding LINE friends, so please add it to LINE friends. A QR code will be presented when all entries are complete. Since there is a print button, save it as a PDF, and when you enter Japan, the quarantine officer will ask you to show it, so show it.


As I wrote above, it is better to get the QR code when you enter Japan when you leave Kenya.

2. You will need to fill out and submit an additional survey form that will be distributed on board.

You will not be allowed to disembark immediately after landing at a Japanese airport. A quarantine officer will enter the plane and give an explanation. At that time, you will be given an additional questionnaire. Circle the country you will be staying in, and take it with you when you disembark. Then, follow the procedure and submit the form.  

6. Installation of necessary smartphone apps


From 2021/05/12 (still in effect)
Of the applications designated by the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare (MHLW) whose installation status is checked in the airport quarantine area upon entry into Japan, the video call application used to confirm the whereabouts has been changed from “Skype” to “MySOS.”
You need to install it from the dedicated URL or QR code. Details are as follows.
(To Anyone Entering/Returning to Japan)

7.Securing means of transportation after returning to Japan and voluntarily waiting for 14 days ( Japan’s border measures )

☞ At this time (2021/03/02), public transportation cannot be used to move from the airport after returning to Japan. Don’t forget the means of transportation from the airport.


If you use Emirates when you arrive at Kansai International Airport, you can rent a car to drop off at Nagasaki with a rental car on the Kansai International Airport site (you can move on foot after arrival). 
You will arrive in Nagasaki in about 10 hours. 
You can rent a car at 8 am after one night at a hotel on Kansai International Airport’s premises.


One of our international students is scheduled to return to Japan on April 4. Since she will be arriving at Haneda Airport, she will be staying at a hotel near Haneda Airport for 14 days in voluntary isolation. The hotel will pick her up at the airport (by bus), and she can check-in directly at the hotel.

☞ A 14-day voluntary waiting period is required even if the arrival domestic airport’s PCR test is negative. The day after arrival is the first day. (From the handouts of the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare)

☞ Kenya is not currently included in the areas designated by the new border measures (only 14 days of voluntary quarantine). By the way, regarding the return from the area designated by the new border measures, we will wait at the place designated by the quarantine station director (limited to the accommodation facilities secured by the quarantine station) and will be inspected again on the third day after entering Japan. On top of that, those who are judged negative will have to wait at home for the remaining 14 days after entering Japan.