COVID-19 update


Countries in the WHO African region continue to battle the COVID-19 pandemic. To effectively stop the spread of SARS-CoV-2 or COVID-19, it is necessary to rapidly detect all positive cases of COVID-19 for isolation, treatment and implementation of public health control measures based on the national protocols. In the recent past, it has been observed that the pandemic is dynamic and a surge could occur in any country at any time, Kisumu City NOT being exceptional. All visitors are advised to have a medical cover of their choice to take care of any eventuality during their stay in Kisumu City.

Visitors from other countries that have the Digital Covid Certificate do not require a negative test for Covid-19 upon entering Kisumu City if they are fully vaccinated.

Provided they have a valid vaccination certificate showing that they were fully vaccinated during the last nine months or have received a booster dose (without time restriction) they are able to enter and move freely within Kisumu City.

The move is the latest initiative by the County Government of Kisumu authorities to boost tourism and support fully vaccinated visitors to Kisumu City.

Visitors who are not fully vaccinated may enter Kisumu City by presenting a negative PCR test, performed within 72hrs of travel, or a negative Rapid Antigen test, performed within 24hrs of travel.

Easing the travel requirements for visitors to Kisumu City comes after the implementation of strict measures to prevent the spread of Covid-19, such as safety protocols for hotels and tourism-related companies and entry to shops, indoor and outdoor entertainment venues, archaeological sites and museums requiring a vaccination certificate or a negative test for Covid-19.

Further details on visitors’ vaccination status including whether you are required to have had a booster shot and requirements for children as well as a full list of participating countries in the Digital Covid Certificate program and testing requirements for visitors from other countries are given in our Covid-related FAQs.

Outdoor entertainment venues

Outdoor restaurants, cafes, bars, clubs etc are operating up to a maximum 85% capacity, serving only seated customers and 10 people per table.  

Guests to all outdoor entertainment venues are required to show proof of vaccination or recovery as per country entry requirements or a PCR or Rapid Antigen test. Paper or digital certificates are accepted.

Indoor entertainment venues

Indoor restaurants, cafes, nightclubs, music spaces, theatres and cinemas are exclusively for guests who can present an official certificate of vaccination as per country entry requirements.

You will be required to show proof of vaccination or recovery or a negative PCR or Rapid Antigen Test to enter shops, malls and supermarkets.

You will also need to wear a mask in congested outdoor spaces and indoors – public transport, shops, taxis and public utilities, as well as private communal areas in hotels.

In a nutshell, always remember to travel safely and stick to all the health guidelines, including washing your hands and checking your temperature regularly. Self-test kits are widely available at Kisumu City pharmacies at around $ 5.00.