Kenya’s Tourism on with The New Normal Operations
We earlier blogged about our East African destinations opening borders, Kenya is now confident about hosting you on either your first or returning safaris in Kenya. Representatives from the Airlines, Kenya Airports Authority, Kenya Hotels & Lodges and the Kenya Association of Tour Operators shared their thoughts yesterday via a webinar and had this to say on how prepared the country is.
As lonely planet put it; “But here’s the rub: the virus isn’t going anywhere soon…and living with the virus means incorporating measures to restrict the spread of the virus into our daily lives, not halting our lives until the spread of the virus has been stopped entirely.”
Moving on with the new normal, this is how Kenya’s tourism in general is prepared to operate:
When flying; no Newspaper or blankets are offered, meals are pre-packed in disposable containers and HEPA filters are used in the cabin. Flights can be changed for free at no charge!
For arrivals, Kenya’s Ministry of health has stated approved countries from which travelers are exempted from quarantine however this list is updated regularly. For countries not listed, travelers are subjected to 14 days quarantine in designated properties and this is at the cost of the traveler.
The primary requirement upon arrival is to submit a Covid 19 certificate taken with in 96 hours prior to arrival. You are also required to fill in the health surveillance form on your gadget through an app that will be provided by Kenya Civil Aviation Authority listing all airports.
For those leaving the country to other destinations where a current certificate is a prerequisite upon arrival, Covid 19 tests can be carried out ranging from USD 50-100.
Social distancing and wearing of masks are mandatory and above all medical crew is on ground incase of emergency. The ground handling team -air crew, driver guides, hotel/lodge/camp staff- have all undergone and completed training on how to minimize the transmission of the virus. They will handle visitors who test positive for Covid 19 with dignity as they evacuate them for isolation. During the duration of your safari with in East Africa, we will provide you with 24hrs emergency temporary evacuation cover in partnership with Flying Doctors AMREF. The cover is only for emergency evacuation and does not replace your need for travel medical insurance. Please contact your insurer and purchase comprehensive medical insurance before travelling.
For those keen on flights in and out of Kenya, Kenya Airways will resume flights to China on 8th August and United States of America on 29th October 2020. Our team will be at your disposal if you have any inquiries on Safaris and Tours to Kenya. Here is one of our 8 Day Wings over The Great Rift Valley signature safari package in Kenya