26-02-2022 by Freddie del Curatolo
As is now known to all and not only to the readers of the portal, from Tuesday, March 1 you can travel from Italy to Kenya, as in other countries in the world not advised by the Farnesina, for tourism without having to attach any more documents, self-certification, business invitation or other.
In addition, from the same day, upon return from the now former countries of the list E, you will not have to observe the period of 10 days of quarantine or do then a swab verification.
Obviously for now these opportunities are granted only to holders of Green Pass and even if Italy would approve the exit of its citizens, Kenya does not accept tourists who do not have a minimum of two vaccinations.
There are basically two problems to be solved, in order to make the round trip easier for those who want to visit Kenya and both do not concern the governments of the two countries, but the airlines with which you will travel from Italy to Mombasa and Nairobi making at least one stop (because currently no company has prepared a direct flight from Milan or Rome to one of the two international destinations in Kenya).
The first issue concerns the removal of the requirement of the two vaccinations for those who have the Green Pass from recovery. Currently you can safely upload on the portal globalhaven.org without being asked for a document certifying the two vaccinations, but it remains the discretion of the companies to ask for it as the Kenyan Ministry of Health as a rule considers it mandatory for entry. But it should be noted (and we did, sending emails to the most popular companies that embark passengers from Italy with final destination Kenya) that the Kenyan government now blindly relies on the system panabios and globalhaven.
For the same reason, we are acting with the airlines and the same thing is being done by some entrepreneurs in the Kenyan tourism sector as well as tour operators connected to them, to convince them to remove the request for PCR swab upon return from Kenya.
By now the Italian Ministry of Health no longer asks for it on arrival in the country, nor do the airport authorities demand it. Also for Kenya, when a traveler is vaccinated and/or in possession of a Green Pass, they no longer demand it on exit. We do not see why the airlines can still be the needle of the scales for the removal of this annoying last obstacle that brings the vacation back to pre-pandemic, with only the addition of the vaccine passport.
We are working for you and hope to be able to give you positive updates soon from this point of view as well.
REMEMBER THAT FOR NOW TO COME TO KENYA YOU MUST TAKE THE PCR SWAB ON THE OUTWARD JOURNEY, WITH VALIDITY OF 72 HOURS BEFORE DEPARTURE (FROM THE DATE OF COLLECTION) WHILE THE RETURN PCR SWAB (AND ONLY THAT) CAN BE REQUESTED BY THE AIRLINE.
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