The decision, which will take effect on Monday October 11th, will come as a relief after British authorities refused to recognize Kenyan vaccination certificates for months.
A spokesman for the UK High Commission in Kenya said that fully vaccinated Kenyans no longer need to be in quarantine or show negative test evidence upon arrival in the UK, and Covid-19 vaccine certificates from Kenya are now recognized in the UK.
“Thanks to our strong partnership with At the Ministry of Health we have completed the process of recognizing vaccine certificates from Kenya, “said the spokesman.
” This is great news for our peoples, the Kenya-UK trade, and the tourism sector as we join the Approaching a return to normal. The full guidelines on entry requirements can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/travel-to-england-from-another-c ountry-during-coronavirus-covid-19 # if-you-are-fully -vaccinated, “said the official.
The decision could lead to a long dispute between authorities in Nairobi and London over the type and the End features of certification for those who have received Covid-19 vaccinations.
But travelers must be vaccinated by a UK approved vaccination schedule to enjoy this privilege. These include Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca.
The UK mission said the decision was made after discussions between experts on both sides, although the UK also included several other countries whose exclusion had caused turmoil around the world.
“I am delighted that people vaccinated in Kenya can travel to the UK without quarantine or have a Covid-19 test before they leave. This is excellent news for our people, businesses and tourism after a tough 18 months, “said Jane Marriott, UK High Commissioner for Kenya.
UK Transport Secretary Grant Shapps added 37 new countries to the list. by those whose vaccination programs his government now recognizes.
Your exclusion has been criticized as discriminatory because it includes countries as diverse as India, Brazil and South Africa. All of these will have their vaccination certificates recognized in the UK from Monday.
In Africa, Nigeria, Egypt, Ghana, Namibia and Morocco will also be recognized.
The UK has started introducing a new registration system for international travelers on October 4th, which will allow fully vaccinated foreign travelers instead of travelers who tested negative.
Unvaccinated travelers from these countries can still travel to the UK, but as long as they do quarantine and take tests.
In a list released Monday evening, the UK government said only people with adequate doses of Pfizer, AstraZeneca, Moderna and John. & Johnson (Janssen) are considered vaccinated as long as they come from a region whose vaccination program has been approved by the UK.
The original list of 70 countries had excluded the entire continent of Africa, where the UK was Incidentally, has donated vaccines and provided other logistical support through the Covax program.
“You must be able to prove with recognized certification that you have been fully vaccinated as part of a vaccination program,” says a statement from the UK Department of Transportation.
“To qualify under the Fully Vaccinated Rules for Travel to England, you must have been fully vaccinated with a full course of an approved vaccine in the UK or any of the countries and areas listed below.” < / p>
The AU had criticized the move as a move that heightened reservations about vaccines in Africa could be high.