Kenya has reversed its decision to bar travelers from three US states following the resumption of international flights on Saturday.
On Friday, the Transport Ministry said all passengers from the US will be granted entry into Kenya except those coming from California, Florida, and Texas due to the three states’ Covid-19 situation.
The US Embassy in Nairobi in a health and travel alert dated July 31st said travelers from the three states are free to visit Kenya but on condition that they quarantine themselves upon arrival.
“…US citizen travelers coming from California, Florida, and Texas will not be exempt and will be required to quarantine upon arrival either at Government of Kenya-designated facility or their Kenyan residence,” the Embassy noted.
The US is among 18 countries that have so far been cleared for international travel to and from Kenya. Others are China, Canada, South Korea, Namibia, Uganda, Rwanda, Morocco, Japan, Zimbabwe, Ethiopia, Switzerland, UK, France, Germany, Netherlands, Qatar, UAE, and Italy.
Travelers arriving from these nations will be exempted from quarantine as long as they have a PCR-based Covid-19 negative certificate, body temperature not exceeding 37.5°C, and not showing flu-like symptoms.
“They should not have a persistent cough, difficulty in breathing, or other flu-like symptoms and must have been tested 96 hours before travel,” said Transport CS James Macharia.
American citizens have been urged to confirm whether airlines have their own Covid-19 testing requirements before booking tickets.
“Please note that all who enter the airport terminal may be subject to temperature checks. If a passenger is confirmed to have a fever, he/she will not be allowed to board their flight. Those with an elevated body temperature shall be referred for secondary assessment by Port Health staff who will handle the passenger in accordance with public health guidelines.”
“Evidence of a flight is sufficient to exempt drivers and ticketed passengers from any penalty normally incurred by those out after curfew hours. Those showing proof of an air ticket and boarding pass shall be allowed to proceed to their hotels and/or residences,” the Embassy added.