Kenya Blacklisted On US Citizen Travel List Over COVID-19 Risk


America has warned its citizens not to travel to Kenya after the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) ranked the country among those with the highest risk of COVID-19.

According to the health institute, Kenya is a level 4 alert which is their highest risk assessment level for COVID-19. For this reason, Kenya has been marked as a ‘no-go zone’ with the institute laying out precaution measures to be observed in case of any travel.

“Travelers should avoid all travel to Kenya. Travel may increase your chance of getting and spreading COVID-19,” reads their statement in part

Some of the measures US citizens have been urged to observe include undergoing a viral test 1–3 days before travel and getting another test done upon return with a 7-day compulsory self-quarantine.

The US health institute advises persons traveling to Kenya to undergo a viral test 1–3 days before their trip.

“Wear a mask, stay at least 6 feet from people who are not traveling with you, wash your hands often or use hand sanitizer, and watch your health for signs of illness.” CDC advised

Extra caution was issued to groups of people waiting for test results, COVID-19 patients, and those with underlying illnesses as CDC asked them not to travel.

This alert has sparked mixed reactions considering that Kenya has so far recorded fewer COVID-19 figures as compared to the US.

Recent updates show that over 273,799 people in the US have died of the virus and more than 13.9 million have been infected whereas Kenyanhas reported 85,130 with 1,484 deaths since the pandemic began.

Apart from Kenya, Tanzania also appears on the list of blacklisted destinations even though President Magufuli maintains that his country is COVID-19 free.