Kenya Airways resumes international flights, blacklists South Sudan

Kenya Airways aircraft at JKIA, Photo| AFP

August 2, 2020 (Thessherald)–On Saturday, the government of Kenya released a new amended list of countries whose citizens will be exempt and allowed to travel to Kenya, with the exception of South Sudan, Tanzania and other countries at higher risk of COVID-19 transmission.

“His Excellency, the President of the Republic of Kenya directed that International Air Travel would resume on 1st August, 2020 and instructed the Ministry of Transport, Infrastructure, Housing, Urban Development and Public Works to develop a Protocol to ensure the safety of travellers,” the Kenyan government announced on Saturday.

“The Ministry in consultation with relevant stakeholders prepared a Protocol for Air Travel Operations during the Covid-19 Public Health Crisis. The protocol seeks to provide guidelines to ensure that air travel remains safe during the pandemic for domestic and international flights.”

“The Protocol recognizes that the adverse impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic have been experienced in most sectors of the economy and the aviation industry is amongst the worst impacted.”

List of countries identified and announced yesterday from which travelers will be exempt from quarantine include:

Canada
South Korea
Namibia
Uganda
China
Rwanda
Morocco
Japan
Zimbabwe
Ethiopia
Switzerland.

Additional countries identified [on Saturday] following further review and Consultation between the Cabinet Secretaries responsible for Transport, Health and Tourism:
The United States of America (except for California, Florida and Texas;
United Kingdom
France
Netherlands
Quarter
United Arab Emirates
Italy.

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