29-08-2020 by redazione
Never before has there been such a need for clarity.
We are bombarded by news and counter-notifications and every crossroad via social is good to say their own and confuse even more ideas, to those who still want to have them.
Even on the Italy-Kenya axis, which is the area in which we move and we want to inform, at every change of rule, decree or national, European or intercontinental rule, we inevitably start from scratch. The same questions, the same requests for information and the same risk of random answers.
Here then, in light of the latest micro-variations of the Kenyan Government with respect to the pandemic emergency and those postponed to next September 7 from Italy (also based on those of the European Union, especially with regard to travel abroad) the official answers to the questions we are receiving.
1. IS IT POSSIBLE TO GO TO KENYA FROM ITALY FOR TOURISM?
No, it is not possible yet. It is a problem of Italy, which follows directives of the European Union. The Decree in force establishes that it is not possible to leave the countries of the Schengen area (Kenya, obviously like all the non-European Nations and Switzerland, is not part of it) with the sole motivation of a vacation. The fact that you want to spend 3 or more months in Kenya, but always with a tourist visa, is not a valid reason that allows the trip.
In this case buying a plane ticket to go to Kenya as a tourist is at your own risk. It may go well and at airport check-in you will not be asked the reason for the trip, and any self-certification and attached documents, as well as it may happen that it does not happen. In case, upon arrival in Kenya there will be no problem to obtain the tourist visa.
2. WHAT ARE THE REASONS WHY AN ITALIAN CAN GO TO KENYA?
An Italian citizen can currently go to Kenya if he is resident in that country, or if he has a temporary work permit, a volunteer relationship or follows a program of study, research. Also, showing a self-certification accompanied by documents proving the authenticity of the request, may have been called for a job, a conference or other activities with dates and references. Or he may have family members in Kenya and request temporary reunification. Also in this case it is necessary to prove the reunification with documents. If you have a regularly reported home in Kenya, you can also ask for temporary reunification.
3. TO ENTER KENYA YOU NEED A SWAB OR IS SEROLOGICAL ENOUGH?
The Ministry of Health of Kenya has been clear, in its protocol issued on July 27th: for travelers who want to enter the country coming from abroad is necessary the PCR Swab, issued within 96 (4 days) hours from the departure of the flight.
In case you arrive in Kenya without this certificate, local regulations require the traveler to observe a quarantine period of 14 days. If you have booked a hotel or have a domicile reported in the online form sent previously to the Ministry of Health or indicated on the visa online, you can perform the quarantine at home, otherwise you will have to perform it in a government facility, choosing from those available, but at your own expense.
4. WHAT ARE THE CURRENT RESTRICTIONS IN KENYA?
As you can see all over the world, the rules are there but they are not always applied and often only the most obvious one is sanctioned, that is the lack of mask.
In Kenya you should respect the social distancing (1.5m), wash or disinfect your hands at the entrance of every room or office, public or private, and wear the mask.
In addition, it is not possible to walk on the beach or swim in the sea, unless you are a guest of a tourist facility, or customers of a restaurant by the sea.
In Kenya until next September 26th there is still a curfew, from 21 to 4 in the morning.
In restaurants and fast food can not be administered alcohol and the law punishes both sellers and consumers. Bars that do not provide food and discos or pubs must remain closed. Remember that Kenyan law, borrowed from the English "common law", provides that fines are discussed before a judge.
This means that in order to avoid being called to court or having to spend time in a cell between now and the hearing, the police often ask for a "lace", especially from foreigners.
For this reason, despite the fact that a large part of the population can be noticed around not respecting the rules in force (except for the curfew, so there is immediate arrest for all), the advice is not to deviate.
5. TO RETURN TO ITALY FROM KENYA IS IT MANDATORY TO DO (OR REDO) THE SWAB?
Currently there are no direct flights from Kenya to Italy, almost all of them arrive from countries from which the PCR buffer is not required upon arrival in Italy. However, there are some airlines that require the buffer for boarding. It is better to inquire with your travel agency or, if you buy the ticket online, ask directly to the airline. The PCR pad is valid for 14 days, so there are no problems for vacations shorter than ten days.
6. WHEN RETURNING TO ITALY FROM KENYA IS QUARANTINE MANDATORY?
Currently yes, the quarantine of 14 days is required at the domicile or residence indicated in the self-certification that is filled in at the airport.
The quarantine in Italy is applied with restrictions and controls that vary from region to region. By swabbing within 72 hours after departure from Kenya, however, depending on the region, it will be possible to obtain permits to leave home even frequently.
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