Kenya is one of eight countries that will move from the Red List to the Amber List. The others are Bangladesh, Maldives, Oman, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Turkey.
The UK has removed Kenya from the controversial “red list”, making it easier for thousands of people who traditionally used London as a travel destination.
The decision announced Friday evening means people traveling from Kenya will be removed from the mandatory hotel quarantine, although they may be required to stay away for 10 days and pass exams.
Kenya is one of eight countries that will move from the Red List to the Amber List, the others being Bangladesh, the Maldives, Oman, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Turkey.
The amber community is lower than the red, which countries are considered to be more dangerous because of several Covid-19 cases or poor monitoring to prevent infection.
Kenya was placed on the “red list” in May and has remained there ever since, despite protests and initial sanctions from Nairobi.
Removing the country from the list could also improve passenger traffic between Nairobi and London, as commuters were forced to take alternative routes.
Following the announcement, the British High Commissioner to Kenya, Ms Jane Marriott, said: “Kenya is not on the red list. I know how difficult it has been, but our partnership with Kenya and the UK remains strong. Thank you, Government of Kenya, for working closely. and we in the last few months. The fight against Covid-19 is not over, from vaccination to genomic planning – we will continue to work together to overcome the epidemic. “
Ease of travel
Grant Shapps, Britain’s Secretary of Transport, said the changes he announced Friday were aimed at “simplifying international travel to reduce costs, take advantage of higher vaccination rates and protect us all.”
This could save on hotel bills, as all guests had to pay for these equipment in advance. Instead, they will be placed on a simple rule that will include testing the Covid-19, if they stay in the country for more than one day.
The changes, which come into effect on the morning of September 22, affect nearly half of the more than 60 countries on the “red list”.
British nationals were not allowed to travel to these countries and passengers from these countries were not allowed to travel to the UK. Arrivals are forced to book in a special hotel, at their own expense.
Kenya has always been protesting against the filing of the file, saying it was being punished despite having fewer infections than the UK itself.
The decision means Kenyans traveling to the UK (part of the UK) will be required to provide a negative test result upon arrival, not more than 72 hours, but will take another test as soon as they arrive, for those who have been completely vaccinated. Travelers must pay for a laboratory test before leaving for the UK.
People who are fully vaccinated may not need quarantine under the new law for Kenya, but those arriving through Kenya from ‘red list’ countries must isolate themselves from their accommodation or hotels of their choice for 10 days, after which they will be tested.
The changes are part of London’s new plan to control access from Covid-19-affected areas, based on vaccination records rather than poor diagnosis.
Known as the Traffic Light System, the UK had divided the country into red, orange and green, with each group having a different set of requirements for passengers wishing to travel to the UK.
As of Monday, the “red list” included 62 countries and districts. Passengers in those areas must isolate themselves from government-approved hotels for 10 days, at an average cost of Shs 34,800 (£ 2,285), even if they are tested as an entry point. During isolation, they must also pass Covid-19 tests.
The UK has stated that it is using a variety of factors to classify countries, including the spread of new arrivals, arrivals coverage and ongoing scientific research on Covid-19.
But Kenyan officials have said they have put in place measures to prevent infected passengers from leaving the country. He also said that he was making a routine immunization program to curb the spread.
Kenya had 245,781 infections as of Friday, with 236902 recovery and 4,961 deaths, according to the health ministry. The country reported 444 new cases out of 7,511 trials on Friday, registering a preference rate of 5.9%, the lowest level for nearly two months.
At least 3.2 million people had received one or both doses of the vaccine on Monday.