22-04-2021 di redazione
The renewal of the DPCM by Prime Minister Draghi last March did not change anything in fact regarding travel beyond Europe, i.e. the so-called 'Schengen area'. Thus, travel for tourism remains officially prohibited.
However, there are new developments for those returning from Africa and from countries in the D and E bands, of which Kenya is a part.
Those who have a second home in Kenya or a regular rental contract or have proven reasons of urgency can demonstrate them with a self-certification and attached documents and embark, subject to an online visa issued by the Kenyan authorities.
By order of the Kenyan Immigration authorities to the airlines, in fact, those who do not have the online visa will not even be boarded on a flight to Kenya. We would like to remind you that in order to fill out the online visa you need to go to the accounts.ecitizen.go.ke/register/visitor link on the Kenyan immigration website.
The fact that many Kenyans are leaving for tourism anyway and are not checked at the airport does not mean that they are guaranteed to be able to board the plane. Sometimes random checks are carried out, sometimes a fussy employee at the check-in can make you lose your trip and your ticket.
Then there is the "necessaire" chapter for the pandemic emergency:
TAMPON: To enter Kenya you must present at the airport in Nairobi or Mombasa the PCR swab (not serological, not other type of analysis) carried out no more than 96 before departure. This is what the Kenyan protocol states and is also reported by our Ministry of Foreign Affairs. However, lately it may happen that there are indications of 96 hours before arrival in Kenya. This has already happened and it is a problem of interpretation of the protocol (which in English says "before travel"). To be totally sure of entering Kenya, it is therefore advisable to have the Tampon carried out no more than 96 hours after arrival in Kenya.
WITH THESE REQUIREMENTS THERE WILL BE NO NEED FOR QUARANTINE
QR CODE: You need to obtain the QR code that will be scanned by the Kenyan authorities to alert the Ministry of Health and other offices of your presence in Kenya. You can get it by filling in and sending this FORM: https://ears.health.go.ke/airline_registration/
To return from Kenya, in addition to having to present at the exit in Mombasa or Nairobi the swab made 96 hours earlier (and doing so does not remove you from quarantine, which is always subject to occasional checks or to your communication to the ASL), from the Official Gazette of 17 April 2021 you must now present a molecular (PCR) or antigenic swab made no more than 48 hours earlier in the country of departure.
It is therefore advisable to always take the PCR swab, even though until now nominally the obligation to return to Italy can only be requested by the airlines and there are no official written communications from the Kenyan government, it is still asked at pre-check-ins.
As confirmed by the same communiqué, quarantine on return from Kenya is reduced from 14 to 10 days.
We have been recommending this for months now, despite the fact that several compatriots continue to bring their testimonies, especially through social media, on the fact that they managed to leave anyway: it is advisable to take the PCR swab...
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