Kenya has added seven more countries to its list of countries whose passengers will be allowed into the country as international flights resumed on Saturday 1 August.
The countries that made to the list include United States of America (except for California, Florida and Texas; United Kingdom, France, Netherlands, Qatar, United Arab Emirates and Italy.
Besides China and Zimbabwe, other countries allowed to operate flights to Kenya are South Korea, Japan, Canada, Ethiopia, Switzerland, Rwanda, Uganda, Namibia, and Morocco.
While addressing the media on Thursday in Nairobi, Cabinet Secretary for Transport, James Macharia said that agreed protocol dictates that passengers who will arrive with a PCR-based COVID-19 negative certificate and body temperature not exceeding 37.5°C will be exempt from quarantine.
“They should not have a persistent cough, difficulty in breathing or other flu-like symptoms and must have been tested 96 hours before travel,” the CS said. The Cabinet Secretary said the list would be reviewed on an ongoing basis because the COVID-19 situation is not static.
“We know that initially, the number of people travelling will be quite low so we shall be reviewing in the first week to see how many flights are getting to Nairobi, Mombasa, Kisumu or Eldoret and then we shall take the appropriate measures for social distancing,” CS Macharia said.
Tanzania has not taken it lightly upon learning through media that their country did not make on the list. In retaliation, Tanzania banned Kenya Airways flights from flying into their country.
In a statement on Friday to Kenya Airways, Hamza S. Johari Director-General said, “the authority regrets to inform you that on a reciprocal basis, the Tanzanian Government has decided to nullify its approval for the Kenya Airways (KQ) flights between Nairobi and Dar/ Kilimanjaro/ Zanzibar effective 1 August, 2020 until further notice.”