14-06-2021 by Freddie del Curatolo
Kenya is once again a safer country, from the point of view of Covid-19, for the two nations that frequent it the most and have commercial relations of all kinds with the country, not least of which is tourism.
A few days ago, the United States Ministry of Foreign Affairs lowered the so-called "Travel Advisory" by one level: from level 4, which completely forbids travel to the reported country, in a short time it dropped to level 2, which allows travel, while obviously observing a certain degree of caution. It also jumped to level 3, where South Africa, for example, remained, suggesting that people 'reconsider the country as a destination for their travels'. Tanzania, on the other hand, rose to level 4, i.e. total closure.
As a result of this decision by Washington, the United Kingdom, with a note issued through the British High Commission in Nairobi, has unblocked flights between London and Nairobi, which had been blocked since last February, even for residents of the two countries.
Restrictions remain, with mandatory inbound and outbound swabs and, once at the destination, a five-day quarantine period before a second swab is required.
The decisions by the two countries came about not because the Covid-19 emergency in Kenya has ended, but because of Kenya's efforts to contain cases, monitor variants promptly and secure the main places frequented by foreigners.
Unfortunately, it is the situation of vaccines that is worrying for the future, but the return of trade and tourism by the two most representative nations could also represent an opportunity to obtain benefits from that point of view.
Meanwhile, Europe niche: tomorrow, Tuesday 15 Brussels should pronounce on the Green Pass and any other countries outside the Schengen area to which extend the possibility of travel for citizens vaccinated. Certainly the United States will be involved, but some other news is not excluded. If, for example, it is reopened for vaccinated countries such as Belgium and Holland, which are much higher in the rankings of new cases and new deaths from Covid-19 of Kenya, it is not seen why you can not use a similar yardstick for all. Or maybe it does: the European Union is trying to keep the economy going within its affiliates, at least for the summer.
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