Kenyan and British governments to develop a mechanism for COVID-19 certificates validation to ease cross-border travel.
The Kenyan and British governments have said they are developing a mechanism to recognize Covid vaccination certificates given in both countries to ease cross-border travel.
This follows the UK’s contentious international travel traffic light system being changed to simplify fully vaccinated travellers to travel to England.
Despite being removed from the UK’s red list, Kenyans planning to go there must still take a test three days before departure, be quarantined for ten days upon arrival, and pay for Covid tests while in isolation.
Fully vaccinated individuals from countries not on the red list will be excluded from compulsory quarantine under the UK’s new regulations, which go into force on October 4th.
However, the joint statement issued by the British High Commission and Kenya’s health ministry on Tuesday demonstrates how complex the situation is and how it may not be addressed anytime soon.
“Establishing a mechanism to mutually recognize each other’s vaccination certificates for a vaccine passport program for travel takes time, especially in an unusual pandemic,” according to the statement.
According to Kenyan health experts, the latest UK announcement will affect the country’s adoption of Covid-19 vaccinations.
People from other African nations that remain on the UK’s red list have slammed the latest travel restrictions, calling them unfair.
Because of the inequitable supply of Covid-19 vaccinations worldwide, the World Health Organization has opposed vaccine passports for international travel.