03-10-2020 by Freddie del Curatolo
Difficult, impossible, indeed improbable.
If the months of lockdown weren't enough, the restrictions, the geographical limitations on tourists' trips, the quarantine on return, the results of the swabs to be released in batting, the translations into English... now arriving in Kenya for those who have been used to it for years, even if not resident, has become a trio to the lot, as they used to say, or if you prefer a "scratch and lose".
It is not only a matter of regulations and decrees that are constantly changing, but also a problem of interpretation of the same, especially when they are translated from other languages.
We try to analyze the issue of Italy-Kenya round-trip travel to make you understand not only how it has become virtually impossible to give correct information and why we feel compelled to write that it is better to respect all the rules, if you want to come to Kenya, even if we know that there are those who can enter the country as tourists without too much effort, even though it is illegal. As well as we have several reports of compatriots left ashore in Malpensa and Fiumicino and someone who had to do the devil to four not to be rejected upon arrival in Nairobi and Mombasa.
From a document that the editorial staff of Malindikenya.net was able to see, a few days ago the Health Office of Nairobi Airport requested the PCR Swab certificate not only translated into English, but with 96 hours of validity from the arrival in Kenya and no longer from the departure.
In fact, the indication of the Ministry of Transport of Kenya, based on the Decree of Reopening of the International Borders dated August 1, 2020, asked in English the PCR buffer with validity "96 hours before travel", where the exact translation would be "96 hours before travel".
Also the website Viaggiare Sicuri of our Ministry of Foreign Affairs still reports the official statement of August 1 and writes that the 96 hours of the buffer is intended from the departure.
The problem is that upon arrival in Kenya, the local immigration office of what is written on the website of the Farnesina could easily give a damn.
WHO LEAVES ANYWAY
We have received several testimonials and reports of Italians who entered Kenya, coming from Italy, with only a tourist visa. We would like to remind you that it is Italy that does not allow its compatriots to leave for destinations outside of the United Europe for exclusively tourist reasons.
It is also true that the controls in this case are "random", that is occasional.
Not for a choice of method, but because they are entrusted to the check-in staff at the airport, i.e. employees of the airlines with which you will fly.
From the statistics in our possession, based on a few dozen or so testimonies that we believe to be true, the "softest" company in this sense would be Ethiopian Airways, while the most serious and loyal Qatar Airways. In the last days, as written also yesterday, however, the controls are intensifying. As already said in Kenya the only problem is related to the buffer. If you have dated it 96 hours before arrival and translated it into English, you will certainly have no problems. There is no quarantine and there are no other limitations to have the tourist visa of 3 months renewable possibly for other 3. The Italians, you know, belong to the category of the smartest in the world, so there are those who ensure to be passed at the airport of Mombasa with only the serological certificate, those who even without anything and maybe carrying a firearm.
In addition to the incurable mythomaniacs, it is a bit the syndrome of the casino players, who tell only about their victories. In this case, few will boast that they have had to stretch a few lacks to make up for their lack.
WHO IS REJECTED
Those who have been left on the ground or have seriously risked not leaving, hardly tells a lie. It happened to a manager from Nairobi, a resident, who did not have the PCR swab certificate translated into English, as well as a resident who did not have a work permit stamp on his passport. There are already about twenty tourists heading to Kenya who have not been embarked because they do not have the necessary documents to justify a trip abroad beyond the Schengen area.
Not so few to risk losing their plane ticket.
QUARANTINE ON RETURN TO ITALY
In this case, from the numbers in the possession of Malindikenya.net, the majority of those who have returned to Italy from Kenya and have not made a single day of quarantine, is overwhelming.
Here too, the problem is all in the airport controls.
Kenya does not require anything to leave the country, it is the airlines that force (almost all) to do the buffer. But even the swab with a negative result on arrival in Italy according to the emergency decree should not be sufficient to avoid the 14 days of isolation at home.
The fact is that on arrival at Italian airports it is difficult to ask for anything and above all the authorities do not transmit your data and your arrival from a foreign country to the local ASL, which consequently will never have your name and phone number to contact you and know if you are doing the quarantine and maybe even come to check it in person.
Even in the case that we were directly reported by two people, who voluntarily called the ASL to warn that they had arrived from Africa, the ASL itself told them that it would call them back to find out about their condition, but it never did. After 14 days it was they who called the ASL to find out if they could leave the house...
You understand why giving information about Italy-Kenya travel is currently practically impossible and maybe even a bit useless. We continue to advise tourists to our detriment to wait for the reopening of Italy to travel for tourism that we hope coincides with the removal of the quarantine on return. And to those who when it starts to get cold will be ready to come the usual five or six months on the Kenyan coast to evaluate the insurance speech to protect health and find the system to motivate as legally as possible your stay "non-tourist".
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