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UAE Lifts Ban On Passenger Flights from Kenya, Eleven Other Countries

The United Arab Emirates has lifted the ban on Kenyan flights effective January 29, 2022. The National Emergency Crisis and Disasters Emergency Management Authority (NCEMA) announced on Wednesday that passengers from Tanzania, Ethiopia, Nigeria, Kongo, South Africa, Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, and Zimbabwe will also be able to travel to the UAE.

The administration also issued a set of guidelines for passengers arriving from Uganda, Rwanda, and Ghana. Upon arrival, passengers are required to present a negative Covid-19 rapid test certificate for a test performed within 6 hours of departure from the departure airport. The certificate must also have a QR code.

Read: Kenya Bans All Dubai Passenger Flights

The new development comes just two days after Kenya lifted the ban on all passenger flights from the UAE.

The UAE banned all Kenyan flights on January 10 following a revelation that some travelers were using fake Covid-19 tests. According to the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority, travelers from Kenya were testing positive for Covid-19 upon arrival into the country, contrary to their Covid-19 certificates.

Kenya retaliated by issuing a ban on UAE flights.

“Inbound and transit passenger flights from UAE are suspended for a period of seven days. We are doing this to reciprocate a ban on Kenyan passenger flights to UAE,” KCAA Director-General Gilbert Kibe said at the time.

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Written by Vanessa Murrey

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