Jan 25, 2022

Mawazo Writing Africa

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Kenyans barred from 40 nations despite vaccinations drive

Kenyan passport holders are denied access to 40 countries, a slight decrease from 43 in October last year and 54 in July despite a massive vaccination campaign from Nairobi.

This has resulted in Kenyans remaining locked out Dozens of destinations at the same time are easing travel restrictions after increased Covid-19 vaccinations.

The Henley Passport Index, which has been regularly monitoring the world’s most travel-friendly passports since 2006, made the revelations in its final report of 2021 and shows how countries still want to protect their citizens from new variants of the coronavirus.

“This year, the Passport Index data paints a picture of an upswing world, which is being made possible by increasing access to vaccines and one of the inherent desire to move, meet and network around the world, ”the report reads.

Taiwan, Israel, Sweden, Vatican City, South Korea, Singapore, Poland and Cambodia top the list of countries that impose restrictions on Kenyan passport holders.

Others include Bangladesh, Chile, the Czech Republic, Cyprus and Cameroon, which Henley & Partners lists as the only African country that Kenya imposed restrictions.

The countries that have so far removed Kenya passport holders from the list The Covid-19 ban includes Ireland, Bulgaria, Canada, Hong Kong, Denmark and the United Kingdom. This has helped open the Kenyan skies and increase activity in the aviation sector.

Kenya is a net importer and travel is a major requirement for its business leaders who need to move to do due diligence and raw materials procure and finished products for the East African market.

The report comes at a time when Kenya has seen a sharp increase in cases of Covid-19 infections in recent months, while the number of admissions to Healthcare facilities on the rise.

The positivity rate – the percentage of tests that come back positive – rose in double digits compared to last month, causing concern among health officials.

The rate is from a. up from 0.5 percent in October to 24.4 percent on Sunday as the government stepped up testing and vaccinations.

Kenya had vaccinated 10.1 million doses of the vaccine by close of business yesterday, with 4 , 2 million people fully vaccinated from 746,267 on August 14, while the number of those people who received the first vaccination has increased from two million in the same period to 5.8 million.

The country has so far vaccinated 14.4 percent of its adult population, well above its target. To step up vaccinations, the Ministry of Health ordered shopping malls and other public institutions to lock out the unvaccinated.

As cases continue to increase with the advent of the new Omicron variant, around 130 countries, including Kenya, have started Implementation of booster programs, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). So far, 13.218 million booster doses have been administered.

The Kenyan passport also lost strength in Africa, falling from 12th place in October to 32nd place in the review.

The passport The index shows that Kenya ranks behind the Seychelles, Somalia, South Africa, Mauritius, Botswana, Namibia, Tunisia, Tanzania and Swaziland among other African countries.

A Kenyan can visit 30 countries without a visa and the entry document on entry in 33 Countries while the visa is required in 133 countries.

Kenya has introduced new chip-embedded passports for its citizens to combat widespread forgery and impersonation. The new features are designed to make counterfeiting or duplicating a Kenyan passport impossible.

The introduction of e-passports with a validity of 10 years marked the beginning of the end of the “analog” passports that have been used since independence and since then have joined 60 other countries using electronic passports.

Kenya, whose economy grew 9.9 percent in the third quarter, is counting on easing containment measures to support its growth and boost the economy on the slowdown of Covid-19.

The restrictions are intended to stop the party for the recovery of the hotel industry, which saw the fastest growth in the third quarter, growing compared to 24.8 percent, a decrease of 63, 4% in the third quarter of 2020.

The National Bureau of Statistics of Kenya attributes growth to easing of measures to contain Covid-19, which is affecting performance in the Be Rich have improved education, room and board, as well as transportation, and storage, manufacturing and insurance nce activities that have been posted by the locks.