Kenya Extends Suspension of Flights From UAE for Further 7 Days

18 January 2022

Nairobi — Kenya has extended the suspension of all inbound and transit passenger flights from the United Arab Emirate (UAE) for a further seven days.

According to the Kenya Civil Aviation Authority (KCAA) Director General Gilbert Kibe, this because of the impasse between the two countries which he says is still persisting.

He stated that the suspension will be in effect until January 24.

"Yes, it is true, we have extended the suspension of flights to the UAE because we have made no progress in the talks," he said.

Kibe had earlier stated that the ban was in response to a similar directive by the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority (DCAA) on December 20 last year.

"The talks have been happening and are still ongoing, but we are doing this in reciprocation of the similar ban. This is what the government has decided to do," he said.

The Dubai Aviator regulator had pointed out that the middle eastern country had banned all inbound and transit passenger flights from Kenya because travelers were testing positive for Covid-19 after arrival despite carrying negative test results.

It is believed that the scheme involved a racket of corrupt officials from Ministry of Health who colluded with travelers to issue fake Covid-19 PCR results to aid travel to Dubai.

Dubai had announced a 48-hour suspension on all flights from Kenya on December 20, 2021.

On December 29, 2021, Emirates Airline said it had, in turn, extended its suspension of flights from Kenya to comply with the directive that was to end on December 24 until further notice.

Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe had afterward stated that the government was in talks with Dubai to reinstate flights from Kenya following the ban after all the officials at the airport conducting COVID-19 tests had been replaced

In the notice by KCAA, all travelers to countries requiring antigen testing hours before travel will be required to undertake pre-travel rapid antigen test at the Ministry of Health Port Health facility at the airport and the results uploaded to the Trusted Travel platform.

The authority also indicated that all passengers coming to Kenya must be in possession of a valid COVID-19 negative PCR test certificate conducted within 72 hours before departure regardless of the route of entry.

It explained that there will be no paper verification of COVID-19 test results and vaccination certificates upon arrival into the country.

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