On Monday, January 11, Kenya announced that all travellers entering or departing the country must present a digitally-verified negative COVID-19 test. In a new campaign by the African Union Commission and the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) dubbed the Trusted Travel (TT) Initiative, travellers can now receive the results of their COVID-19 test from a PCR COVID-19 testing laboratory via a text message (SMS) or email.
How it Works
The seven-step process used in the Trusted Travel Initiative is as follows:
- On the left side of the africacdc.org/trusted-travel/ page, select your country of departure.
- To the right, the system automatically populates the possible airports of departure in your country.
- Select your departure airport.
- Then select your destination country.
- The system automatically populates the possible airports of arrival.
- Select one.
- Click “Get Restrictions” to see the latest set of restrictions that apply to your journey.
Your results are either sent by Panabios (email@example.com), the digital system developers, or the testing laboratories. The email you receive contains a link to guide you on generating a Travel Code at trustedtravel.panabios.org. If the test results meet Kenya’s exit and entry requirements, a Trusted Travel Code is issued to you online. Airlines and immigration authorities then use this TT code at entry and exit points to verify you.
All existing COVID-19 testing labs were given up to Saturday, January 9, 2021, to comply with the Trusted Travel process when issuing COVID-19 testing certificates for travellers entering or departing the country. So by now, every PCR COVID-19 testing laboratory in Kenya should be part of the TT system.
COVID-19 Testing Labs in Kenya
The following are some of the testing labs in Kenya currently using the Trusted Travel system to generate digital test results for travellers.
- Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI)
- Aga Khan University Hospital
- Pathologist Lancet Kenya
- The Nairobi Hospital-Nairobi
- Kenyatta National Hospital
- Nairobi West Hospital
- M.P Shah Hospital
- Mbagathi County Hospital
- Mombasa Hospital
- Elgon View Bungoma Lab
- KEMRI – Alupe Research Centre
- Busia District Hospital
- KEMRI-Wellcome Trust Research Programme, Kilifi
- Malindi District Hospital
- KEMRI HIV Lab Kisumu
- CDC Kisumu Laboratory
- Machakos Level 5 Hospital
- Coast Province General Hospital
- Mombasa Hospital
- National HIV Reference Lab, Nairobi
- National Public Health Laboratory, National Influenza Center
- International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI)
- CDC Nairobi Laboratory, Nairobi
- KEMRI VHF Lab Nairobi
- International Organization for Migration (IOM), Nairobi
- KEMRI CMR Nairobi
- AMREF Medical Centre Wilson Airport
- Kenyatta University Teaching, Referral & Research Hospital
- Meditest Diagnostics Services
- Pathcare Laboratory, Nairobi
- Mahi Mahiu Mobile Laboratory
- National Public Health Laboratory, Namanga Mobile Laboratory
- Kitale District Hospital
- Moi Teaching Referral Hospital, Uasingishu
- AMPATH Plus-MTRH, Eldoret
- Wajir County Referral Hospital
- International Organization for Migration (IOM) International Centre for Reproductive Health (ICRHK) Mombasa
- CA Medlynks Kenya Limited
- Mama Lucy Kibaki Hospital
- Nairobi South Hospital
- Coptic Hospital (Ngong Road)
- Kilindini Sea Port
- Busia One-Stop Border Post (OSBP)
- Malaba One-Stop Border Post (OSBP)
- The Mater Hospital Mukuru
- Mediheal Group of Hospitals
- Gertrudes Children’s Hospital
- KEMRI/Walter Reed project Kericho
- National Public Health Laboratory, Nairobi
- Technical University of Mombasa
- Kitale County Hospital
- Premier Hospital Mombasa
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