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Posted On: 7 October 2021 11:32 pm
Updated On: 7 October 2021 11:55 pm

Vaccinated travellers from Qatar now exempted from quarantine in Kenya

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Vaccinated travellers from Qatar now exempted from quarantine in Kenya

Qatar is included amongst the list of 208 approved states and territories whose travellers are exempted from quarantine, as per the Kenya Civil Aviation Authority announcement on its website.

The new policy, which took effect on October 6, allows Qatar citizens and residents to enter Kenya without quarantine as long as they are fully vaccinated. However, all passengers arriving in Kenya must have a valid COVID-19 negative PCR test certificate conducted within 96 hours before travel.

According to the Kenyan Ministry of Health’s website, all travellers are expected to fill a passenger locator form and submit it before travelling, and thereafter are required to submit their daily health information to the “Jitenge” platform for 14 consecutive days.

Diplomats and senior government officials are also exempted from quarantine but must have a negative PCR test conducted within 96 hours before travel.

In an interview with the Peninsula newspaper, Ambassador of Kenya to Qatar H. E . Paddy C Ahenda, said:

“This will now allow all vaccinated Qataris to enter Kenya without being quarantined. This has come because currently, Kenya registers a low positive COVID-19 rate almost similar to Qatar,”
“Recently, there has been a high influx of Qataris heading to Kenya for the annual migration in the Maasai Mara (herds are making their way between Tanzania’s Serengeti and Kenya’s Maasai Mara natural Reserve from July to October). This has greatly attracted a significant number of tourists from Qatar. By placing Qatar on the green states’ list, it will help to boost more tourist arrivals to Kenya.”

This new policy also comes as positive news for the over 30,000 Kenyans living and working in Qatar.

Source: Peninsula, Kenya Civil Aviation Authority
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