Fully vaccinated Kenyans exempted from quarantine in the UK

After the United Kingdom cleared coronavirus vaccine certification from various abroad nations, including Kenya, fully vaccinated visitors from Kenya will no longer be required to quarantine in the United Kingdom.

The British high commission said on Thursday that, as of Monday, the previous COVID-19 travel requirements, which required all tourists to take a COVID-19 test and be quarantined, will no longer apply.

“We are pleased to announce that from Monday 11 October, those vaccinated in Kenya will be able to travel to the UK without having to undertake any quarantine, or take a COVID-19 test before departure. Thanks to our strong partnership with the Ministry of Health, we have completed the process to recognize vaccine certificates from Kenya,” a spokesperson for the British High Commission stated.

According to the United Kingdom, the new directive will help to improve trade and tourism between the two countries, which have both been hit hard by the global pandemic.

Jane Marriott, the British High Commissioner to Kenya, described the decision as a significant step forward in the country's economic recovery.

“This is excellent news for our peoples, businesses and tourists after a tough 18 months. I’d like to express my huge thanks to the Ministry of Health and Health Cabinet Secretary Kagwe for their strong cooperation to make this possible." she noted.

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