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Visiting tourists asked to apply for visas online

Visa application for tourists seeking to visit Kenya made easier

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Tourists who wish to visit Kenya from August 1 when international flights resume have been advised to apply for visas online.

The Department of Immigration Services in a statement said this is an efficient and safe way for any tourist due to coronavirus pandemic.

“We highly encourage all those wishing to visit Kenya and require visas to apply online through evisa.go.ke,” a statement signed by Immigration boss Alexander Muteshi read.

China, Japan, South Korea, Canada, Zimbabwe, Ethiopia, Rwanda, Switzerland, Namibia, Morocco and Uganda are among some of the 11 countries that have so far been given the green light to land in Kenya following the resumption of international flights.

Their epidemiological situation is reportedly mild and the rate of transmission is communal.

Tourists coming in must provide a PCR-based Covid-19 certificate. The test must be conducted at least 96 hours before travel for it to be valid in Kenya.

Only such passengers will be exempted from the mandatory 14-day quarantine imposed to all in-bound passengers by the Health Ministry.

“Let it be clear that those who will have a certificate of tests done before the stipulated 96 hrs will not be allowed to board in the first place. On arrival the passengers’ temperature should not exceed 37.5 degrees and not display any Covid-19 related signs,” Transport Cabinet Secretary James Macharia remarked.

Najib Balala led Tourism Ministry has also released a set of health and safety guidelines to all hoteliers seeking to resume business as from August 1. There must be strict compliance in order to avert the spread of coronavirus in these establishments.

A few days ago, the Tourism Ministry also announced a hotel lockdown for pilots and their crew upon the resumption of international flights.

The directive did not, however, specify if the measures were for all pilots landing at Kenyan airports or just Kenya Airways (KQ) pilots.

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