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New restrictions for travellers this festive season

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New restrictions for travellers this festive season

On Monday, November 29, Health Cabinet Secretary, Mutahi Kagwe, held a crisis meeting to deliberate on the possibility of enforcing new Covid-19 restrictions ahead of the Christmas holiday.

Kagwe detailed that he summoned the National Emergency Response Committee to analyse Kenya’s preparedness to handle the spread of the new Omicron virus variant tracked in South Africa.

According to the sentiments by the CS, Kenya may see the return of a nationwide curfew and lockdowns as citizens get ready for the festive season. The country also anticipates an influx in tourists’ numbes.

However, here’s some bad news to passengers planing to travel upcountry for Christmas holiday.

Visitors travelling into the country from December 21st will now be required to show physical proof of vaccination against Covid-1 9.

Kagwe revealed that the new directive will apply to persons over 18 years of age from affected countries.

He said “This vaccination requirement will however apply to all visitors arriving into the country effective December 21st 2021. The same case will apply to all Kenyans travelling outside the country as well,”

Also all inbound travelers must be in possession of a negative Covid-19 PCR taken 96 hours before arrival into the country.

He said the Government had heightened vigilance on all Points of Entry (POE) to ensure that we do not import the new variant into the country.

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