All individuals planning travel should seek advice on the potential hazards in their chosen destinations and understand how best to protect their health and minimize the risk of acquiring disease. Forward planning, appropriate preparation and careful precautions can protect their health and minimize the risks of accident and of acquiring disease. Although the medical profession and the travel industry can provide extensive help and sound advice, it remains the traveller’s responsibility to seek information, to understand the risks involved and to take the necessary precautions to protect their health while travelling.
As a company involved in local and international services, IBSL is taking measures to ensure its employees, clients and other partners are safe from CoronaVirus (COVID -19). We are closely monitoring the constant updates from the Government of Kenya and are following the guidelines from the Ministry of Health as can be found on http://www.health.go.ke/covid-19/
We are taking measures and aligning some of our processes to minimize risk as below:
- Hand washing with soap or applying alcohol based sanitizers (70% content) regularly when interacting with clients.
- Body temperature checks for all employees and visitors.
- Observing social distancing.
- Encouraging applicants to send their documents via email or WhatApp
- Regular cleaning and disinfecting our premises
- Where possible, some employees are allowed to work remotely from home.
Government of Kenya Actions
- Domestic air travel resumed form 15th July 2020.
- International air travel resumed from 1st August 2020. Passengers entering Kenya form some selected countries will need not be quarantined if they have no temperature exceeding 5°C (99.5°F), are not coughing or have no flu like symptoms and have a negative PCR-based COVID-19 test conducted within 96 hours before travel. These are 19 countries. Among them is USA (excluding the states of California, Florida and Texas), United Kingdom, Uganda, Japan, Germany, Rwanda, France, UAE and Qatar. People flying from other countries not on the list will have to quarantine for at least 14 days upon arrival.
- For those departing from Kenya, the government does not a mandatory demand for COVID-19 test before departure. It is therefore advisable that each person checks with his/her respective airiness about the travel requirements.
- On 27th July 2020 the countrywide night curfew was extended for another 30 days ( 9.00 P to 4.00AM) for all non – essential service providers
- On 6th July 2020 restriction of movement to and from Nairobi, Mombasa and Mandera counties was removed
- From 6th May 2020 it is mandatory for truck drivers and their crew leaving or entering Kenya to have COVID-19 health certificates
- Wearing of masks while at all public places (including shopping malls, walking on the streets, etc) is mandatory since 15th April 2020. Non-compliance has a Ksh 20,000 (USD 200) penalty.
- On 7th July 2020 the ministry of Education announced that primary and secondary schools will not re-open until 2021 and further guidelines will be given later.
- Universities and colleges remain closed but might reopen on case – by – case basis.
- On 6th July 2020 the president of Kenya directed controlled opening of places of worship limiting the gatherings to no more than 100 persons while persons younger than 13 years and older than 58 years are not allowed to visit these places.
- Public gatherings are limited to a maximum of 15 persons who must observe 1.5 meter social distancing.
- Bars are still closed but restaurants are allowed to operate though they have to maintain 1.5 meters social distancing.
- From first week of August 2020, some of the national parks and game reserves (like The Maasai Mara) started opening to the public but social distancing and wearing of masks has to be adhered to. The famous Karura forest in Nairobi which is very popular with joggers and walkers has also re-opened.
- On April 13, 2020 the immigration department of Kenya created an online portal for people to extend visitor and resident visas. You may visit : https://fns.immigration.go.ke/
- One can report any suspected cases to the Kenya Ministry of Health hotline numbers: 0800721316, 0732353535 and 0729471414
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