Kenya’s tourism sector on Sunday welcomed Britain’s move to remove the country from its Red List that restricted travel of citizens of both countries due to COVID-19 pandemic.
Kenya Tourism Board (KTB), the country’s marketing body, pledged to continue enhancing measures that ensure that the destination remains safe for visitors after Britain revised its COVID-19 travel list in a fresh boost for tourism currently in its peak season.
CEO of the KTB, Betty Radier, said progressive initiatives aimed at ensuring the destination remains safe for travelers will be enhanced.
“This is why in 2020, the government through the Ministry of Tourism and Wildlife unveiled the Magical Kenya tourism and hospitality protocols which were reviewed in August with the aim of ensuring that the industry continues to operate safely, and that visitors and citizens are protected against the COVID-19 pandemic,” Radier said in a statement issued in Nairobi.
Britain decided to remove Kenya from its Red List to Amber effective Sept. 22 along with seven other countries including Egypt and Turkey in its latest review of COVID-19 travel restrictions.
This means that Kenyan citizens are now allowed to travel into the country and British citizens can easily travel to Kenya.
Radier said Britain remains one of the top key sources of visitors into the country, describing the removal of Kenya on the Red list as timely as countries continue to open up for business.
According to KTB statistics, Kenya received some 19,000 visitors from the UK market between January to July, marking the largest number of tourists arriving from Europe. Enditem