Kenya to close embassy in France

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French President Macron with President Kenyatta of Kenya in a past event

The Kenyan embassy in France will on Wednesday close its offices over the rapid spread of coronavirus (Covid-19) cases in the European nation.

The offices will remain closed until Friday, March 27, 2020. France yesterday imposed a partial lockdown after coronavirus killed 148 people and infected more than 6,600. Kenyan Ambassador to France, Prof Judi Wakhungu said that the temporary closure will affect all the embassies under her jurisdiction.

She oversees embassies in the Holy See, France, Portugal and Serbia. “During this period (of closure), all consular services, save for emergencies, will be suspended. Services to be affected include issuance of visas and processing of e-passports,” the envoy said.

Kenyan nationals in the affected countries have been advised to co-operate with advisories issued by their host governments.

“For emergency cases, please contact us on +33156622525, or +33658372954, and WhatsApp numbers +254708243232 or +254720406104,” Prof Wakhungu said, adding that their Facebook page and email (paris@mfa.go.ke) were open.