Kenya’s entry rules for Brits have changed after it was removed from England’s red list with no more quarantine in place for any UK travellers heading to the country
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Kenya has scrapped quarantine rules for visiting Brits, just weeks after it was removed from England’s red list.
The country was one of eight destinations removed from the red list earlier this month, meaning that anyone arriving from Kenya to the UK will not need to stay in a quarantine hotel.
Until last week the destination had required all UK arrivals to quarantine for seven days, but this has now been lifted.
Anyone over the age of five will still be required to show a negative PCR test result taken within 96 hours before travel, and UK travellers will still be required to submit health information whilst in Kenya for up to 14 consecutive days.
At the time of writing, Kenya is on the amber list. This means that anyone who returns to the UK will need to take a pre-departure test, as well as a PCR test on day two. Adults who are not fully vaccinated against Covid will also need to self-isolate for 10 days and take a second PCR test on day eight.
It’s worth noting that from October 4, the amber list will be scrapped altogether, with countries placed on either the ‘red list’ or the ‘rest of the world’ list.
Dr. Betty Radier, CEO of the Kenya Tourism Board, said: “As one of our key markets, we are thrilled to be able to welcome back visitors from the UK to experience everything that Magical Kenya has to offer. With restrictions now removed, we look forward to having even more visitors from the UK explore our beautiful country again.”
It’s worth noting that the Foreign Office does currently still advise against all non-essential travel to certain regions of Kenya including:
- areas within 60km of the Kenya-Somali border
- Garissa County
- Lamu County (excluding Lamu Island and Manda Island)
- areas of Tana River County north of the Tana river itself
- within 15km of the coast from the Tana river down to the Galana (Athi-Galana-Sabaki) river
You can read more in the Foreign Office’s travel advice.
Where Brits can go on holiday
Out of the eight countries taken off the red list, only Kenya, Turkey and Pakistan are currently open to Brits with no requirement for quarantine.
Meanwhile, although Egypt, the Maldives and Sri Lanka have officially joined the amber list for Brits, the Foreign Office continues to advise against all non-essential travel to the three destinations. This means that anyone who travels against this advice risks voiding their travel insurance (if you think you have an essential reason for travel, check with your insurer as to whether they will still cover you).
Still, there are plenty of options for UK holidaymakers as there are a number of countries open to Brits where the Foreign Office does allow for non-essential travel, including popular hotspots such as Spain, Greece and Portugal.
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