Kenya lifts ban on inbound flights from UAE, outbound flights still suspended

Kenya lifts ban on inbound flights from UAE, outbound flights still suspended

Passengers wait before boarding at Dubai International Airport, as Emirates airline resumed limited outbound passenger flights amid outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Dubai, UAE April 27, 2020. REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah

  • According to the Kenya Civil Aviation Authority (KCAA), the ban was lifted on Monday night even though Dubai is yet to lift its ban on flights from Kenya.
  • “Kenya shall do a NOTAM lifting the suspension of flights to and from the UAE  from midnight tonight,” KCAA Director-General Gilbert Kibe told Capital FM News on Monday.

The government has lifted the ban on all passenger flights from the United Arab Emirates which was imposed two weeks ago.

According to the Kenya Civil Aviation Authority (KCAA), the ban was lifted on Monday night even though Dubai is yet to lift its ban on flights from Kenya.

“Kenya shall do a NOTAM lifting the suspension of flights to and from the UAE  from midnight tonight,” KCAA Director-General Gilbert Kibe said on Monday.

He declined to divulge the circumstances under which it was waived, saying “the reason for lifting up the suspension is not for public consumption.”

Kibe further stated that the Authority is expecting that Dubai also lifts the restriction in response.

Kenya suspended all inbound and transit passenger flights from the United Arab Emirates on January 10 following Dubai’s ban of all passenger flights from Kenya over fake COVID-19 tests.

"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," Kibe said then.

The ban did not, however, affect cargo flights from Dubai into Kenya.

In banning flights from Kenya, the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority stated that travelers from Nairobi were testing positive for COVID-19 upon arrival in the country whereas they carried negative test results.

“They banned flights from Kenya due to many false negative COVID-19 PCR results. The Ministry of Health is investigating and will report findings soon. Several other African countries were red-listed as well,” Kibe said.

He added that authorities had discovered a scheme involving rogue private medical testing centers that issued fake COVID-19 PCR results to aid their travel to the Middle East country.

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