Thursday, May 13, 2021

Kenya set to introduce vaccine passport, CS Balala

Tourism CS Najib Balala has confirmed that in future travelers in Kenya will require a vaccine passport before leaving the country.

The news was confirmed as he led a drive to vaccine Hospitality and Tourism service providers and frontliners which also included hoteliers, tour drivers, travel agents, restaurants food service, and bars employees.

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According to the CS, the government is working closely with International Air Transport Association (IATA) on how best to kick off the measure.

The CS revealed that the passport will be similar to that of yellow fever and it will be in force beginning of 2022. At the moment, travelling will continue as usual.

The tourism sector has been worst hit by the pandemic as managers and stakeholder count losses of upto 80% given the restrictions imposed by other countries and Kenya as well.

Balala called for patience promising return of fortune if the players in the industry are vaccinated and the passport comes into play as planned.

Curfew restriction in the five zoned counties of Nairobi, Kiambu, Nakuru, Machakos and Kajiado have attributed to huge losses in domestic tourism.

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