How New Covid-19 App for International Flights Works

  • The Jomo Kenyatta International Airpirt Departure Terminal.
    The Jomo Kenyatta International Airpirt Departure Terminal.
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  • The Ministry of Health in Conjunction with Kenya Airways on Friday, July 31, announced the launch of a mobile application to be used once international flights commence on August 1.

    Making the announcement during the Covid-19 press briefing, Director in the Ministry of Health Dr. Koki Mutua explained how the application would work.

    Once the international flights commence, travellers are to be provided with a link by the various airlines and booking agents.

    The link will direct the passenger to a surveillance form which he/she is required to fill.

    A photo of an immigration official serves travellers at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) in Nairobi.
    An immigration official serves travellers at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) in Nairobi.
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    All details in the form have to be filled before proceeding to the next step.

    Upon completion of the previous step, the traveller will then click on submit and, if successful, they will then get a QR code in return.

    The QR code can then be saved on the phone in PDF format or as an image.

    Once this is done, the passenger can then move on to the health desk stationed at the airport where a Ministry of Health worker will scan the code, effectively recording all the data filled in, on the surveillance form.

    The passenger will then be released to proceed with the pre-flight protocols.

    Notably, passengers will then be reminded that they are mandated to log in daily temperature readings for a period of 14 days using the app.

    Failure to log in the daily temperature readings will raise alarms and passengers will be tracked down by contact tracing teams using the app.

    Forms need to be filled before travelling to enable passengers to be cleared at their various destinations or ports of entry.

    A photo of Jomo Kenyatta International Airport's international arrivals terminus.
    Jomo Kenyatta International Airport's international arrivals terminus.
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