Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

top
Capital News
Tanzania's John Magufuli admitted recently that COVID-19 was spreading in the country but insists on prayer as the solution.

business

Tanzania strikes back, locks out KQ after exclusion of her nationals to Kenya

NAIROBI, Kenya Aug 1 – Tanzania has now blocked Kenya Airways from her airspace following Kenya’s decision to exclude her passengers from flying in over fears of COVID-19.

Hours after Kenya released an amended list of countries whose nationalities will be allowed into the country, Tanzania fired back through its civil aviation authority, declaring that KQ’s approval is revoked.

“The authority regrets to inform you that on a reciprocal basis, the Tanzanian Government has decided to nullify its approval for Kenya Airways flights between Nairobi and Dar/Kilimanjaro/Zanzibar effective August 1, 2020 until further notice,” said Hamza Johari, the country’s civil aviation authority Director-General, in a letter to the airline.

He was categorical that the decision was prompted by Kenya’s decision to exclude Tanzania fro a the list of cleared countries.

“Tanzania has noted through a number of media its exlusion in the list of countries whose people will be allowed to travel to Kenya effective August , 2020,” he said.

Kenya reviewed a list of countries whose passengers are welcome on opening its airspace to international passenger flights.

The country’s Transport Cabinet Secretary James Macharia had on Thursday listed China, Canada, South Korea, Namibia, Uganda, Rwanda, Morocco, Japan, Zimbabwe, Ethiopia and Switzerland as the only countries cleared.

But on Friday, Macharia updated the list to include the US (except for Carlifornia, Florida and Texas), UK, France, Germany, Netherlands, Qatar, UAE and Italy “following further review and consultation between the Cabinet Secretaries responsible for Transport, Health and Tourism.”

Advertisement. Scroll to continue reading.

“Review of countries from which travelers will not be required to be quarantined upon arrival will be undertaken by the Ministry of Health on day to day basis,” Macharia said.

Kenya’s airspace has remained closed since late March, soon after the first case of coronavirus was confirmed in the country.

“We wish to emphasize and reiterate that from August 1, Kenyan airspace will be open to authorised airlines and travelers,” Macharia said.

Passengers on international flights whose body temperature is not above 37.5 degrees Celcius (99.5F) do not have a persistent cough, difficulty in breathing or other flue-like symptoms, have negative PCR based COVID-19 test carried out within 96 hours before travel and are from countries considered low to medium risk COVID-19 transmission areas shall be exempt from quarantine.

Macharia said the list of countries and regulations will be reviewed from time to time.ADVERTISEMENT. SCROLL TO CONTINUE READING.

Kenya’s COVID-19 caseload stood at 20,636 Friday, with 341 deaths.

Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe said 303, 959 tests have been conducted so far.

Advertisement. Scroll to continue reading.
Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Advertisement

More on Capital News

Kenya

KISII, Kenya Mar 8 – South Mugirango Member of Parliament Silvanus Osoro was on Monday charged with malicious damage to property following a fracas...

Kenya

NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 8 – Kenya’s quest to achieve its climate change mitigation ambitions and increase its forest cover targets will be achieved much faster...

Headlines

The President said health challenges facing young Africans such as HIV/AIDS, mental health and substance abuse had been worsened by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Capital Health

NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 8 – The Ministry of Health on Monday reported 337 COVID-19 cases that were detected from a sample size of 2,924...

World

Aboard the Papal Plane, Undefined March 8 – Pope Francis said Monday his meeting with top cleric Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani had been “good for...

Fifth Estate

By Robert Lawrence Kuhn The critical importance of environmental protection in China’s 14th Five-Year Plan and in the country’s long-range, 15-year roadmap to 2035,...

Africa

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, March 8 – The Director of the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) John Nkengasong has commended China’s...

Africa

Madrid, Spain, March 8 – Dozens of migrants stormed into Spain’s North African enclave of Melilla on Monday, scaling the high, razor-wired fence that separates...