Doing business in Kenya: updates regarding COVID-19

The outbreak of COVID-19 has consequences for entrepreneurs doing business in or with Kenya. The Dutch government provides an overview of useful information intended for everyone involved with agribusiness in Kenya. The agriculture team of the Netherlands embassy can answer further questions via

  • Several European countries, including the Netherlands, have put together a package of support to bolster food security in Kenya. This includes help for farmers and agricultural entrepreneurs, as well as assistance in the fight against locusts. The EU is also focusing on strengthening sustainable trade with Kenya, for instance by supporting additional cargo flights. Find the press release here:
  • As per the Presidential Directive by President Uhuru Kenyatta on 16 May 2020:
    • From 17 May 2020 there is a cessation of movement of persons into and out of Kenya through the Kenya-Tanzania and Kenya-Somalia international borders; movement of cargo is exempted.
    • Drivers of cargo vehicles into Kenya will be subjected to mandatory testing for Covid-19; and will only be granted entry if they test negative for the virus.
    • The nationwide dusk to dawn curfew (1900hrs-0500hrs) is extended for 21 days until 06 June 2020.
    • The cessation of movement into and out of the counties of Nairobi, Mombasa, Kwale, Kilifi and Mandera is extended until 06 June 2020.
  • The Kenya Ports Authority extends free storage period for import and export containers. The extension is valid for 90 days from 18 May 2020 and is subject to review thereafter depending on the business dynamics. Find details here:
  • The EU will impose stricter measures on the import of Kenyan beans, which will be subject to mandatory 10% sampling checks on residue levels. This is effective from 26/05/2020, see:
  • Kindly find in the link the new Legal Notice 78 by the Kenya Bureau of Standards, in which it is states that plants, seeds and planting materials are exempted from the requirement of Pre-shipment Verification of Conformity requirements (PVOC). See:
  • Ministry of Agriculture provided basic potato seed to counties for multiplication
  • The Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS) undertook a survey on the Socio-Economic Impact of COVID-19 on Households to aid the formulation of strategies and policies.


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