The United States has downgraded Kenya to level three travel advisory, a category that requires American citizens to avoid all non-essential travel to the country or reconsider planned trips in the wake of a surge in Covid-19 infections.
In its first travel advisory this year, the US made the review against Kenya last week, dealing a fresh blow to the recovering tourism sector.
Kenya had been categorised at level one in October, which is a much safer classification that only requires citizens to follow standard procedures such as putting on face masks.
The Level Three category normally applies to destinations that have had between 100 and 500 cases per 100,000 residents in the past 28 days.
“The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level three Travel Health Notice for Kenya due to Covid-19, indicating a high level of Covid-19 in the country,” states the latest advisory from the US embassy in Nairobi.
The downgrade comes at a time United Arabs Emirates has banned flights from Kenya to Dubai indefinitely following high cases of Covid-19 in the country amid claims of fake certificates issued by authorities in Nairobi.