REDUCTION OF KENYA WILDLIFE SERVICE PARK ENTRY FEES
In support of Post Covid-19 recovery efforts, the Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Tourism & Wildlife, Hon. Najib Balala, EGH, has reduced entry fees to all Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) National Parks and Reserves. The reduction applies to all tourists (local, residents and international) and takes effect July 1, 2020 for a period of ONE Year. In the new changes, residents and citizens will now pay the same rates.
To support the recovery efforts KWS has also given a one-year moratorium to lodge owners in its Parks and Reserves, for rent payment starting July 1, 2020 to June 30, 2021 as well as a 50% discount on filming fees for both local and international producers filming in KWS Parks and Reserves.
KATO’s CIRCULAR to All KATO MembersReceived on – 17th March 2020
As the world continues to grapple with concerns continue to increase regarding the 2019 novel coronavirus officially named COVID-19. The virus has now spread to 144 countries, territories or areas prompting WHO to declare the coronavirus a global pandemic.
The confirmed coronavirus infections have crossed 170,000 with more than 7,000 deaths reported across the world. Europe has become the new epicenter of coronavirus with more than half of the global COVID-19 cases are currently outside China.
The unfolding situation remains very fluid and the following are the key questions that keep arising: –
- Are travellers from any country reporting a COVD-19 case barred from accessing Kenya?
- With effect from today 17th March, 2020 after the expiry a 48hr notice issued by the Government, all travellers coming from a Covid-19 affected country are not allowed to enter Kenya – with the exception of returning citizens and foreign residents with the relevant permits.
- Are travellers from countries affected by COVD-19 and have entered Kenya within the last 14 days required to self-isolate?
- Any traveller (citizens and foreign residents) arriving within the last 14 days from a country that has declared Covid-19 cases must proceed on self-quarantine or to a Government designated quarantine facility.
- What is the treatment for visitors already on Safari and may have already completed most of the 14 days?
- All visitors from the indicated countries are required to proceed on self-quarantine for the first 14 days.
- Can visitors required to self-isolate opt to fly back home immediately instead of self-isolating?
- A number of visitors have opted to return to their countries of origin to avoid the possibility of being quarantined overseas. There is also the fear that some Airlines may soon stop flying into Kenya during the travel ban.
The key focus is slowly shifting to business survival and through the Tourism Cabinet Secretary, a number of meetings have been scheduled from tomorrow. The first will be with the Ministry of Labour and the second with the Kenya Bankers Association. These meetings target to address key concerns with staff matters and financial challenges such as loan repayments.
Members will be informed of the outcome and any member with a specific concern that they wish to be followed up is requested to contact the Secretariat.
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