Kenya has included more nations to the list of countries that passengers will be exempt from mandatory quarantine.
President Uhuru Kenyatta directed the Ministry of Transport, Infrastructure and Urban Development to develop a protocol that would ensure the travellers are safe when flights resume on August 1.
After consultations with relevant stakeholders, the Ministry of Transport developed a list of countries allowed to operate flights into Kenya without mandatory quarantine of the passengers.
They include Canada, South Korea, Namibia, Uganda, China, Rwanda, Morocco, Japan, Zimbabwe, Ethiopia and Switzerland.
The ministry has added more countries to the list after further consultations and review among Cabinet secretaries of Transport, Health and Tourism.
The additional countries are the US ( except California, Florida and Texas states), the UK, France, Germany, Netherlands, Qatar, UAE and Italy.
Additionally, all arriving passengers on international flights whose body temperature is not above 37.5 degrees, do not have a persistent cough, difficulty in breathing or other flu-related symptoms will be exempt from quarantine.
Moreover, passengers who will have a negative PCR based Covid-19 test carried out within 96 hours before travel and are from countries considered low to medium risk Covid-19 transmission areas will not be placed on mandatory quarantine.
“The risk profile of any country could change and therefore the status with regard to these clarifications and directives could also change,” reads part of the statement from Ministry of Transport.