Kenyan-bound passengers from India to pay between Ksh98,000 – Ksh182,000 for 14-day self-isolation

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Following a 14-day ban on Indian travel by the Kenyan government, it will cost and a leg for any passenger travelling to Kenyan through India.

According to guidelines published by the Kenya Medical Practitioners and Dentist Council (KMPDC), travellers who have been to India coming to Kenya must self-isolate for 14 days.

“Following the resolution by the Ministry of Health to suspend all passenger flights into the country from India, the Council has released a list of isolation facilities where those travelling into the country from India will undergo mandatory quarantine at their cost,” Yumbya said in a statement.

The government has designated 10 top hotels in the city to isolate the passengers. It will cost them between Ksh98,000 and Ksh182,000 for 14-day isolation in Kenya. The designated hotels are in Nairobi and Mombasa.

Out of the 10 hotels designated by the government for self-isolation, the cheapest costs Ksh7,000 per night and the most expensive charges at Ksh13,000 per night.

Hilton Garden Inn is the most expensive charging Ksh13,000 per night while Waridi Paradise Hotel and Suites in Hulirgham, Nairobi is charging Ksh10,000 per night.

The charges for Royal Tulip in Kilimani are Ksh10,000 per night. Ngong Hills Hotel along Ngong Road will charge Ksh9,000 per night translating to Ksh126,00 in 14 days.

The cheapest is Ufungamano Guest House and Strand Leisure Hotel charging Ksh9,000 per night – adds up to Ksh98,000 in 14 days.

Kagwe banned Kenya, India flights On Wednesday evening hours after Kenya’s national carrier said that it would continue with flights to this South East Asian country rocked by a deadly coronavirus surge.

On Wednesday, the government said all passenger flights travelling from India will not be allowed into Kenya, at least for the next 14 days.

“All passengers arriving from India within these 72 hours shall be subjected to rapid antigen testing upon arrival at our ports of entry and shall be required to strictly observe a 14-day quarantine period that will be closely monitored by our health officials,” Kagwe stated.

New infections daily in India are more than 300,000 while the number of deaths is equally high to a point crematorium are overwhelmed.

The new Covid-19 variant in India is deadly and the most lethal since the pandemic started in December 2019.