International tourists stuck in Nairobi have until Monday to leave – ministry

Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA). [Photo: Nation]

Domestic and international tourists affected by the new cessation directive by President Uhuru Kenyatta have until Monday, March 29 to return home if their transit points are among the five counties where movement is restricted.

According to the Ministry of Tourism, all domestic flights will cease operating from Monday.

“Tourists (domestic and international) who are in different parts of the country and need to go back home via Nairobi have until Monday 29th March mid-day to be in Nairobi,” the Najib Balala led ministry said in a statement.

The Tourism ministry added that international tourists who are travelling outside Nairobi to view wildlife in other parts of the country have until Monday to do so.

“Tourists who are in transit into the country and are scheduled to visit offering out of Nairobi can only do so until March 29th mid-day. Post that date, they will only be confined into Nairobi,” the statement added.

On Friday, President Uhuru Kenyatta imposed cessation of movement in five counties where the number of Covid-19 infections have risen drastically.

The cessation of movement was imposed in Machakos, Nairobi, Nakuru, Kajiado and Kiambu counties.

Further, the dusk to dawn curfew in these five counties will start at 8 pm and end at 4 am

All bars and clubs shall remain closed while eateries and restaurants will only serve on a takeaway basis. No alcohol is allowed to be sold in restaurants.

Uhuru said that the positivity rate in these counties is alarming and accounts for the highest number of new Covid-19 infections.

Nairobi for example, has a positivity rate of 57% which the Ministry of Health describes as disastrous.

Besides the five Covid-19 hotspot counties, the dusk to dawn curfew will begin at 10 pm and end at 4 am in the other counties.

Restaurants and eateries will operate as usual as long as they abide by the protocols set by the Ministry of Health.