Kenyans travelling to the United Kingdom will be subjected to mandatory stay at quarantine hotels after Kenya was added to the UK’s ‘red list’.
The British High Commission in Nairobi said in a statement on Friday that the decision was made after a significant number of Kenyans tested positive on the second day of arriving in the UK.
The restriction takes effect on April 9.
The announcement comes days after a British newspaper quoting the British High Commission in Nairobi, hinted at Kenya joining the ‘red list’.
“The British High Commission has the regret to inform the Ministry (of Foreign Affairs) that Her Majesty’s government has taken the decision to add Kenya to its Covid-19 related quarantine list,” reads the statement.
“Nearly a third of those testing positive have been carrying the B.1.351 variant which originated in South Africa,” it said.
Here is a full list of countries currently on the UK’s red list:
Bangladesh (will be added to the list 4am Friday 9 April)
Democratic Republic of the Congo
Kenya (will be added to the list 4am Friday 9 April)
Pakistan (will be added to the list 4am Friday 9 April)
Philippines (will be added to the list 4am Friday 9 April)
United Arab Emirates (UAE)
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