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‘Kenya Open For Tourism Travel’ Forbes

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Forbes Magazine on Thursday September 3 listed Kenya among nine countries open for both tourism and business travel, citing ‘fairly good’ COVID-19 trend.

The country is listed among countries like Mexico, Turkey, Maldives, and Dubai.

Of the many considerations, the country is seen as a favourable choice of destination during the ongoing global pandemic due to its lenient entry requirements.

Terminal 1 Departures at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi, Kenya. Source: Twitter

According to the Ministry of Health, foreigners only need proof of a COVID-19 negative test, with the test having been conducted at least within 96 hours of arrival.

The current drop in cases of infections has also placed the country in a favourable position.

“It’s interesting to note that Kenya restarted international flights to and from the country on August 1st and since then case numbers have steadily decreased,” read the article by the Forbes Magazine published on Thursday.

Kenya as of Wednesday September 2 recorded 34,493 coronavirus cases recorded since March, out of which 20,449 have recovered and 581 fatalities.

The tourism sector has been on its knees since March when the country witnessed a lockdown from the rest of the world.

Wildebeests crossing the Mara River in Maasai Mara. Source: File

However the return of both domestic and international flights from July 15 and August 1 respectively was the sort of necessary injection the ailing tourism sector needed.

This was topped up by the resumption of SGR services as well as President Uhuru Kenyatta relaxing some of the restrictions put in place to contain the spread of COVID-19.

On July 6, he lifted the cessation of movement between the counties of Nairobi, Mombasa and Mandera, the hardest hit counties by the pandemic.

He however on August 27 extended the closure of bars and night clubs but gave the owners 30 days to come up with the regulatory measures to curb the spread of coronavirus among revelers.

An event setting in Kenya. Source: Twitter

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