Fly to Kenya only if you have travel insurance, US Embassy Nairobi cautions Americans

US Travel Advisory
Jomo Kenyatta International Airport arrivals section. [Photo courtesy]

The US government has issued a travel alert to Kenya following a spate of high Covid-19 infections being reported in the country.

America Centers for Disease Control (CDC) issued a Level 4 Travel notice to Kenya.

According to a statement by the US Embassy in Nairobi Friday, “Community transmission of the coronavirus in Kenya is widespread and accelerating rapidly.  Public and private hospitals in Nairobi report that their COVID-19 bedspace is filling up.  Life-saving oxygen may be difficult to secure.”

The embassy cautioned US citizen who may be travelling to Kenya that it is difficult to secure a bed or medical attention in Kenya given the situation in both public and private hospitals in the country.

“The U.S. Embassy is unable to secure a bed or other medical care for U.S. citizens at private or public hospitals, nor can it provide medical care for private citizens,” the US Embassy Nairobi said.

It urged Americans to only travel to Kenya if they have “travel insurance”.

“If you must travel to Kenya at this time, you should have travel insurance that includes coverage for an air ambulance evacuation in the event you have symptomatic COVID-19.  You cannot travel on a commercial airline out of Kenya if you are acutely ill with COVID-19,” the statement read.

Americans living in Kenya were urged to keep safe and observe all Covid-19 guidelines spelt out by the Ministry of Health.

“If you are already in Kenya, maintain strict COVID-19 mitigation measures, such as frequent hand washing, social distancing in public, avoiding large crowds of any kind, and mask wearing in public places.”