As international flights warm up their engines to beginning landing in Kenya, Tanzania remains locked out.
According to a communication by Transport Cabinet Secretary James Macharia, countries flying into the country have low chances of community infection. They include Switzerland, Zimbabwe, Rwanda, Ethiopia, Namibia, France, Uganda, Canada, Japan, South Korea, China, and Morocco.
The CS, however, added that they’d continue revising the list regularly and depending on the world’s mapping of covid-19 intensity.
The memo further states that all passengers arriving in the country must have a PCR covid-19 certificate provided 96 hours before their tie of travel.
Upon arrival, only passengers whose temperature doesn’t exceed 37.5 degrees will enter the country.
Kenya uses PCR tests that detect the presence of an antigen directly, instead of the body’s antibodies or available immune response.
Most countries use an antibody test that detects a prior infection that may lead to contracting the covid-19 virus. They additionally check the antibodies pattern in the blood.
Stringent covid-19 measures
On the other hand, passengers leaving the country must abide by all the covid-19 measures and requirements of the countries they visit. Additionally, aircraft operators have strict instructions to confirm compliance.
“Passengers arriving after the curfew hours can proceed to their hotels, but they must possess a valid boarding pass and passport,” said CS Macharia.
Also, drivers picking the passengers must confirm they’ve pulled them from the airport.
Macharia advised airline operators to provide covid-19 guidance materials to passengers so that they can have a seamless flight.
The CS additionally said although the aviation industry plays a critical role in economic growth, covid-19 transmissions may also arise from these travels.
Since Kenya has decided on the resumption of international flights, they need to implement stringent measures. The protocol will also help to secure the safety of all travelers.
Macharia also said that with the resumption of local flights, they managed to learn of the protocols required for safety.