The US has issued a travel advisory against Kenya, a week after the resumption of international flights.
“Reconsider travel to Kenya due to COVID-19. Exercise increased caution in Kenya due to crime, terrorism, health issues, and kidnapping. Some areas have increased risk,” the US Embassy in Nairobi said in a statement on its website on August 7.
It further noted that Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a level 3 travel health notice for Kenya due to Covid-19.
“Kenya has lifted stay at home orders, and resumed some transportation options and business operations,” the embassy said.
According to the CDC, a level 3 travel health notice is the highest risk level and means avoid all non-essential travel.
CDC says risk of contracting coronavirus in Kenya is high and has listed the country among 208 others on the Level 3 list.
African countries on the Level 3 list include Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, South Sudan, Ethiopia, Djibouti, Uganda, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe among others.
“Travelers at increased risk for severe illness from Covid-19 should consider postponing all travel, including essential travel, to Kenya,” the notice reads.
On Saturday, however, President Uhuru Kenyatta said Kenya is ready and safe to receive tourists.
Uhuru said he is satisfied with the measures being taken by stakeholders in the hospitality sector to protect tourists from Covid-19.
He thus encouraged local and foreign travellers to take advantage of the prevailing low rates to visit the country’s famous tourist sites.
When he announced the resumption of international flights, Transport CS James Macharia said tourists would be exempted from mandatory quarantine upon arrival.