…international flights resume August 1

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The Government of Kenya, as concluded plans to open up the country to foreign tourists again as international flight resumes August 1st after the closure on March 25th to curtail the spread of COVID-19 in the country.

Sequel to the announcement, the government warned that passengers who exhibit corona-like symptoms will be subjected to a mandatory 14-days quarantine on arrival.

Speaking on the guidelines, the Transport Cabinet Secretary James Macharia said anybody who arrived in Kenya with no symptoms of coronavirus and records a body temperature of fewer than 37.5 degrees celsius will be allowed to leave the airport.

“You do not expect a tourist to come all the way from wherever they will come from to be quarantined here for 14 days. If that will be the case, then they will not come. However, if there is a suspected case on the flight, passengers on the first and the second row from where the case was will all be tested for coronavirus,” Macharia told a news conference at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) on Wednesday as the country prepared to re-open so as to rescue the economy.

“If they test negative, they will be allowed to leave the airport, if they test positive then they will be quarantined according to the Ministry of Health’s guidelines,”  

As reported by Kenyan radio station, Capital FM, Macharia said airports across the country will operate under strict restrictions, allowing only travelers and airport staff, locking out people escorting passengers.

In a state of the nation address by President Uhuru Kenyatta, he said the resumption of international flights on August 1st is a measure aimed at cushioning the aviation and tourism sector.

 “International air travel in and out of Kenya shall resume effective August 1, in strict conformity with all protocols from the ministry of health,” President Kenyatta said.

Meanwhile, domestic flights in Kenya will resume July 15th subject to COVID-19 prevention protocols.

Kenya has lost over $752 million so far in tourism revenue to the COVID-19 crisis, about 50 percent of 2019 total revenue. The sector contributes 10% of the country’s annual economic output and employs over 2 million people

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