- The rapidly transmissible COVID-19 Delta strain, first identified in India, is dominant in western Kenya, where it was initially detected in the country.
Holders of Kenya passport cannot access 54 countries in the wake of COVID-19 ban in the global race to protect nations against new variants of coronavirus.
The Henley Passport Index, which has been regularly monitoring the world’s most travel-friendly passports since 2006, made the revelations that show how the pandemic has affected travel.
Australia, Argentina, Belgium, Cambodia, UK, Canada, Portugal, Denmark, Bulgaria and Singapore top the list of countries that have banned or placed restrictions on holders of Kenya Passport.
Others are Hong Kong, Bangladesh, Chile, Czech Republic, Cyprus and Cameroon, which the Henley & Partners lists as the only African country to place restrictions on Kenya.
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The highly contagious COVID-19 Delta variant may spark a fourth wave of infections in Kenya over the next two months, according to the Health Ministry.
The rapidly transmissible strain, first identified in India, is dominant in western Kenya, where it was initially detected in the country.
The government imposed restrictions on movement in the region to try and stem it from spreading nationwide.
“Borders remain firmly closed in several countries, including Australia, Canada, and New Zealand, while many others continue to ban travelers from high-risk regions,” says the Henley & Partners report.
Kenya has not retaliated against the 54 countries after it left a handful of countries whose citizens need to quarantine before they are allowed into the country in a last month review.
These include Ireland, Kuwait, Pakistan Brunei and Thailand whose citizens are required to undergo a 14-day mandatory quarantine.
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