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Kenya expressed its delight that the “red list” nightmare for Kenyan travelers to the United Kingdom (UK) has ended, although the authorities must now negotiate an acceptable type of Covid-19 vaccine certificate quickly.
"Country" understands that the Kenyan authorities have asked the United Kingdom to further clarify why the vaccine issued in Kenya will not be recognized when European countries begin to accept travelers based on Covid-19 vaccination next month.
A diplomat familiar with the matter in Nairobi told the National newspaper that although the United Kingdom has contributed to some of the vaccines distributed in Kenya, why the United Kingdom has not approved the certification of travelers from Kenya.
The senior diplomat said: "We have raised this issue with them, and negotiations will continue so that we can find a friendly solution." From the United Kingdom. "
The issue of vaccine certification is important for travelers because the UK will launch a new entry system next month, which will vet passengers based on their travel history and vaccination status, not just positive for the virus Or negative test.
At the same time, starting at 4 a.m. on Wednesday this week, Kenya will be officially removed from the "red list" of countries considered to be too risky for Covid-19 and placed in the amber category. This decision can reduce travel costs, because there is no mandatory stay at a designated segregated hotel. The cheapest package for hotel quarantine is about 35,000 shillings per day for 10 days. Instead, Kenyans will be required to quarantine where they live and be tested for Covid-19.
This is part of the change. By October 4, the UK will abolish the current "traffic light" system, which classifies countries as red, amber, or green, depending on their Covid-19 load.
"It's great to reach the finish line of this rather unpleasant episode. Manoah Esipisu, the Kenyan High Commissioner to the UK, told Nation on Saturday the day after the decision was announced.
But even if Kenya celebrates, the vaccination category may still be a burden for now. A statement issued by the British Transport Secretary Grant Shapps stated that the new system will abolish mandatory quarantine and replace it with quarantine in selected places. It will benefit those who are fully vaccinated, thereby reducing the cost of travellers.
"If you are fully vaccinated but do not meet these fully vaccinated regulations, you must comply with the non-vaccinated regulations," the statement said. These people are mainly from Africa. As of Sunday, people vaccinated under the British, European, and American vaccination programs or those vaccinated under the British overseas programs will be granted privileges when the new system is launched. Others who are fully vaccinated with Oxford/AstraZeneca, Pfizer BionTech, Moderna or Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) will also receive these exemptions if they are vaccinated through a government program.
But the UK stated that only those from Australia, Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Bahrain, Brunei, Canada, Dominica, Israel, Japan, Kuwait, Malaysia, New Zealand, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Korea or Taiwan (mixed Used, and vaccinated under the pilot program in the United States, Canada, and Australia, and have proof of participation. This means that even at the dose provided in India, the original source of the AstraZeneca vaccine (locally known as Covidshield) in Africa will not be able to be identified.