Travelers from 11 countries will be allowed to visit Kenya when it reopens its airspace for international flights on August 1st.
Transport CS James Macharia said the cleared countries either have mild or limited community transmission or declining cases of Covid-19.
They include China, Zimbabwe, South Korea, Japan, Canada, Ethiopia, Switzerland, Rwanda, Uganda, Namibia, and Morocco.
CS Macharia indicated that passengers arriving from these nations will be exempted from quarantine as long as they have a PCR-based Covid-19 negative certificate and body temperature not exceeding 37.5°C.
“They should not have a persistent cough, difficulty in breathing or other flu-like symptoms and must have been tested 96 hours before travel,” Macharia told Citizen TV.
He clarified that this is an initial list of countries from which passengers will be granted entry into Kenya and the government will keep reviewing it since the Covid-19 situation is not static.
Passengers traveling abroad from Kenya will be required to follow specific travel, health, and Covid-19-related protocols in the destination country, said Macharia.
“We know that initially, the number of people traveling will be quite low so we shall be reviewing in the first week to see how many flights are getting to Nairobi, Mombasa, Kisumu or Eldoret and then we shall take the appropriate measures for social distancing,” CS Macharia added.