Tanzania bans Kenya Airways from flying into its airspace

A KQ Plane. [Photo courtesy]

The Tanzanian government has banned Kenya Airways from flying into the country.

In a statement on Friday, the Tanzanian Civil Aviation Authority (TCAA) said it has revoked KQ’s approval to fly into Tanzania until further notice.

“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 statement by TCAA director-general Hamza. S. Johari said.

This came days after Kenya left out Tanzania in its list of 11 countries allowed to fly into Kenya upon the resumption of international flights on Saturday, August 1.

Transport Cabinet Secretary James Macharia on Thursday said flights from Uganda, Rwanda, Namibia, Morocco, Ethiopia Canada, Japan, South Korea, UAE, Qatar, Italy, UK France, Switzerland, USA (except California, Florida and Texas) can resume flying to Kenya.

He said that the government will continue reviewing this on a regular basis to ascertain the extent of the virus intensity.

All passengers entering Kenya must have tested negative 96 hours before boarding the flight. They must produce a PCR-based Covid-19 certificate to further ascertain their status.

Only through this, will they be allowed to continue with their plan in Kenya without being subjected to the mandatory 14-day quarantine.

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