Two days to the much-awaited resumption of international flights, the government has announced new protocols to guide this.

Speaking in Nairobi during the daily briefing on the Covid-19 pandemic, Transport Cabinet Secretary James Macharia said that Kenya’s airspace would not be open to everyone. Conspicuously missing from the list is Tanzania.

Macharia said that only the citizens of 11 foreign countries would be allowed to land at the Kenya’s four international airports located in Nairobi, Mombasa, Eldoret and Kisumu

The countries given green light for access are:

  1. China
  2. South Korea
  3. Japan
  4. Canada
  5. Zimbabwe
  6. Ethiopia
  7. Switzerland
  8. Uganda
  9. Rwanda
  10. Namibia and;
  11. Morocco
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The CS noted that the above mentioned countries have contained the Covid-19 pandemic to a great extent.

He said they had reduced cases of the coronavirus disease, and limited community transmissions and their citizens had exhibited mild or moderate symptoms of the respiratory illness.

“We will keep updating the list depending on the situation and the circumstances. This is our list today and we will review it tomorrow and in the days to come.”

“All arriving passengers from international flights with PCR Covid-19 certificates, with no Covid-19 symptoms and who have been tested 96 hours before travel shall be exempted from quarantine,” he said.

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As soon the list was out, Kenyans were quick to note that Tanzania had been left out.

President Uhuru Kenyatta on Monday, 27th July, made an indirect remark targeted at Tanzania for allegedly hiding its Covid-19 numbers.

“We are very open and know well that the disease is real unlike some of our neighbours who are hiding from reality,” the President said.

Tanzanian President John Pombe Magufuli has already declared his country Covid-19-free.

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