Kenya Blocks Tanzania as China, Uganda Citizens Allowed to Fly In

  • Transport CS James Macharia, CAS Wavinya Ndeti and other officials during a press briefing on the transport protocols for public service transport at Transcom House, Nairobi on July 8, 2020.
    Transport CS James Macharia, CAS Wavinya Ndeti and other officials during a press briefing on the transport protocols for public service transport at Transcom House, Nairobi on July 8, 2020.
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  • UPDATE Friday, July 31: Three more countries were cleared to resume direct air travel to Kenya.

    The countries, which include UK, France and Qatar will now join their peers that consist of China, South Korea, Japan, Canada and Ethiopia among others.

    Some state from the US exempting California, Florida and Texas will also be allowed to fly to Kenya.


    Transport CS James Macharia, on Thursday, July 30, unveiled a list of countries that will resume air travel to Kenya with Tanzania being noticeably absent.

    Speaking during the daily Covid-19 briefing at Afya House, the CS noted that the ministry had laid out protocols to be followed by both travellers flying in and out of the country when international air travel resumes on August 1, 2020.

    Country's whose citizens were cleared to travel into Kenya include China, South Korea, Japan, Canada, Ethiopia, Switzerland, Rwanda, Uganda, Morroco and Namibia.

    He explained that the countries had been cleared because they recorded declining Covid-19 cases but noted that the opening of the sky would be done gradually after travel resumed.

    President Uhuru Kenyatta boarding a plane
    President Uhuru Kenyatta boarding a plane
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    "All arriving passengers with a PCR-based Covid-19 negative result, whose temperature is not above 37 degrees Celcius and do not have difficulty in breathing, repeated cough and proved they were tested 96 hours before travel shall be exempted from quarantine," he stated.

    He further announced that passengers who will arrive after curfew with a valid passport and boarding pass shall be allowed to proceed to their hotels or residential places but their drivers will have to prove they were from the airport.

    He noted that the protocols were drafted in line with President Uhuru Kenyatta's directive and were completed by multi-agency team and approved by Health CS Mutahi Kagwe on July 14.

    The flights resumption was necessitated by the dwindling economy with Tourism sector being the worst hit.

    CS Macharia made the announcement even as the country recorded 788 more Covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours bringing the total number of cases in the country to 19,913.

    cknowledging that more men than female had contracted the disease, Aman indicated that men needed to adopt a healthy lifestyle.

    "I urge all men to avoid smoking and alcohol and engage in physical activities," he stated.

    Watch the press briefing below: