In what comes as a sigh of relief to the tourism sector, The United States has lowered Kenya’s travel advisory from Level four to Level two.
The move by the US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) indicates a moderate level of COVID-19 in Kenya, meaning that vaccinated Americans can travel to the country under specific travel guidance.
In a Travel Advisory Notice dated June 8, however, the CDC warns Americans from travelling to Kenya-Somalia border and some coastal areas due to terrorism, as well as areas of Turkana County due to crime.
“Reconsider Travel to: Nairobi neighborhoods of Eastleigh and Kibera at all times due to crime and kidnapping. Be especially careful when traveling after dark anywhere in Kenya due to crime,” reads the Travel Advisory.
In April, 2021, the US issued the highest travel advisory against Kenya, advising its citizens not to travel in the country “due to health risks of COVID-19.”
Bearing in mind that the US is the leading international tourist market source for Kenya, it was a big blow to the industry as well as the the general Kenyan market.