Health CS Mutahi Kagwe earlier on Wednesday issued a directive that suspends all flights from India to Kenya for 14 days due to the surge in coronavirus cases in India.
Those arriving in the country from India will now have to undergo mandatory quarantine for two weeks on arrival at their own cost.
“Those arriving in the country in the next 72 hours from India shall undertake mandatory testing. Those found positive for Covid-19 shall be isolated for 14 days at their own cost,” he explained.
The isolation facilities which are in Nairobi and Mombasa will charge between charging between Sh7500 to Sh14,000 for full board accomodation.
The isolation facilities include:
1.Hilton Hotel Inn at JKIA
2. Royal Tulip Hotel at Chaka Road
3. Ngong Hills Hotel at Ngong Road
4. Swiss Lenana Mount Hotel at Ralph Bunche Road
5. Waridi Paradice Hotel and Suites in Hurlingham
6. Ufungamano Guest House in Nairobi
7. The Strand Leisure Hotel in Nairobi West
In Mombasa the Isolation facilities are Mombasa Beach Hotel and Reef Hotel.
This new directive, that does not affect cargo flights which are only required to adhere to the Coronavirus containment measures, will take effect in the next 72 hours.
India has witnessed soaring infection rates, a rapidly rising death toll, and the discovery of a new virus variant.
The Asian country recorded 360,960 new infections in the last 24 hours the largest in a single day taking the overall tally of infections to nearly 18 million.
It was also the deadliest day so far, with 3,293 fatalities carrying the toll to 201,187.