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KENYA LIFTED ban on flights to/from Dubai starting midnight of yesterday January 24.

Two weeks ago, the government issued a ban on all inbound and transit passenger aircraft from the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The flight was lifted at midnight on Monday, according to Kenya Civil Aviation Authority (KCAA) Director General Gilbert Kibe.

“Kenya shall do a NOTAM lifting the suspension of flights to and from the UAE from midnight tonight (Monday),” he told Capital FM News.
He however pointed out that “the reason for lifting up the suspension is not for public consumption.”He further stated that UAE has not yet lifted the ban it had placed on flights from Kenya, “but we expect them to do so.”
On January 10, the government stopped all inbound and transit passenger flights from the UAE in retaliation for Dubai’s decision to do the same to Kenya over bogus COVID-19 testing.

The embargo, however, did not affect cargo flights from UEA to Kenya, which are generally flown by Kenya Airways (KQ) and Emirates Airlines. The prohibition comes just days after the UAE extended its flight ban on Kenyans after discovering that, despite having negative test results, travellers from Nairobi were testing positive for Covid-19 after arriving in the Middle Eastern country.

The Dubai-based carrier connects the majority of Africa’s travelers to the rest of the world via its Dubai hub, which is fueled by cargo and passengers from key cities such as Nairobi.
Travelers producing fraudulent Covid-19 certifications has been a source of worry.
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