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Tanzania bars KQ from accessing country

Tanzania has banned Kenya Airways (KQ) from flying into their country until further notice effective August 1.

In a letter addressed to KQ, the Tanzania Civil Aviation Authority (TCAA) said it will not allow flights, between Nairobi and Dar Es Salaam, Kilimanjaro and Zanzibar.

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“The Authority regrets to inform you that, on a reciprocal basis, the Tanzanian Government has decided to nullify its approval for Kenya Airways flights between Nairobi and Dar/Kilimanjaro/Zanzibar effective August 1, 2020 until further notice,” the letter read in part.

The move came a day after Transport CS James Macharia excluded Tanzania from list of countries that can fly into Kenya.

The move has been understood as a retaliation in reaction to Kenya’s omission of Tanzania from the list of countries allowed to fly into Kenya.

CS Macharia announced that international flights from Uganda, Rwanda, Namibia, Morocco, Ethiopia Canada, Japan, South Korea, UAE, Qatar, Italy, UK, France, Switzerland, and USA (except California, Florida and Texas) will be allowed to fly into the country.

The passengers are required to arrive with Covid-19 negative certificates and body temperature not exceeding 37.5 degrees.

“Let it be clear that those who will have a certificate of tests done before the stipulated 96 hrs will not be allowed to board in the first place,” said the CS.

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“On arrival the passengers’ temperature should not exceed 37.5 degrees and not display any Covid-19 related signs,” he added.

Presidents Uhuru Kenyatta (Kenya), and John Pombe Magufuli (Tanzania)

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