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COVID-19, US Follows UK In Issuing Travel Advisory Against Kenya Over Coronavirus

Within just a few days after the UK issued a travel ban on visitors from Kenya, the US has issued a travel advisory against Kenya following a surge in Covid-19 cases.

The travel advisory set at Level 4 (Do Not Travel) was accompanied by an advice for US citizens to exercise “increased caution” due to crime, terrorism, health issues, and kidnapping in the country.

“Do not travel to Kenya due to COVID-19. Exercise increased caution in Kenya due to crime, terrorism, health issues, and kidnapping…Do Not Travel to; Kenya-Somalia border and some coastal areas due to terrorism, Areas of Turkana County due to crime. Reconsider Travel to; Nairobi neighborhoods of Eastleigh and Kibera at all times due to crime and kidnapping. Be especially careful when traveling after dark anywhere in Kenya due to crime,” the advisory read in part.

“Violent crime, such as armed carjacking, mugging, home invasion, and kidnapping, can occur at any time. Local police are willing but often lack the capability to respond effectively to serious criminal incidents and terrorist attacks. Emergency medical and fire service is also limited.”

The alert was, in fact, first raised by the US Centers for Disease Control in March following a rise in the number of cases. It issued a Level Four advisory, which is to ask its nationals not to travel to a region over insecurity or health.

“Travellers should avoid all travel to Kenya,” the CDC had said in March, when the infection rate was high.

“Because of the current situation in Kenya even fully vaccinated travellers may be at risk for getting and spreading Covid-19 variants and should avoid all travel to Kenya,” the CDC had said.

Thursday’s announcement by the US now adds to the list of countries that have placed Kenya under the ‘red list’ over surge in COVID 19 cases that saw President Uhuru Kenyatta impose a lock-down in five counties namely Nairobi, Kiambu, Kajiado, Nakuru and Machakos.

see full advisory >> https://ke.usembassy.gov/travel-advisory-kenya-travel-advisory-level-4-do-not-travel/

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