US Revises Travel Advisory Against Kenya

  • The United States has relaxed its restrictions against Kenya barely two months after it issued a Level 3 advisory against the country. 

    In a new advisory, the US ranked Kenyan at level one signalling that the country was relatively safer for its citizens to visit.

    That is due to the sharp drop in Covid-19 infections with the Ministry of Health relaxing the covid-19 restrictions including lifting the wearing of face masks in public and social distancing. 

    The US citizens planning to fly into the country were, however, advised to be vaccinated for their own safety.

    An undated image of the entrance to the US Embassy in Gigiri, Nairobi.
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    “The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 1 Travel Health Notice for Kenya, indicating a low level of Covid-19 in the country.

    “Your risk of contracting Covid-19 and developing severe symptoms may be lower if you are fully vaccinated with an FDA authorised vaccine," read a statement by the US Embassy in Nairobi.

    The new directive is a boost to the local tourism sector which has been reeling under the Covid-19 effects since its onset in March 2020.

    In mid-January, the US had issued a travel advisory against the country amid a swell in Covid-19 infections.

    The country had been relegated to level three which usually applies to destinations that have had between 100 and 500 Covid-19 cases per 100,000 residents in the past 28 days.

    At the time, the citizens had been advised to avoid all non-essential travel to Kenya or reconsider planned trips to the country.

    They were also cautioned against travelling near the Kenya-Somalia border and some coastal areas due to insecurity and some parts of Turkana County due to increased crime.

    At the beginning of March, the United States Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) also issued a warning to civilian airlines flying in the Kenyan airspace citing a possible attack from a militia group.

    President Uhuru Kenyatta receiving Covid-19 vaccine on March 26, 2021 at State House, Nairobi.
    President Uhuru Kenyatta receiving the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine on March 26, 2021 at State House, Nairobi.