Coronavirus: Kenya Updates Travel Policy, Exempting Tanzanians From Mandatory Quarantine
Kenyan Health Ministry has reviewed its Covid-19 policy, exempting Tanzanian nationals from the 14 days mandatory quarantine when they arrive into the country.
The Kenya Civil Aviation Authority (KCAA) in its latest policy included Tanzania among states and territories whose travelers into the country will be exempt from quarantine.
Mandatory quarantine caused diplomatic rift between the East African nations, in which Tanzania on July 30 barred Kenya Airways to resume flights into its territory.
KCAA updated the list of countries exempted from the mandatory quarantine requirement to 147. Other countries whose travelers Kenya has exempted from mandatory quarantine include South Africa, the US, India, Mexico and Spain – who are among countries with the highest Covid-19 cases in the world.
The Kenyan authorities will still require all arriving travelers to have a Covid-19-free certificate. Passengers with body temperatures above 37.5 degrees will be quarantined.
Tanzania is yet to respond to it’s neighbor’s latest action.
The Kenyan government had long feared that its neighbour was not transparent on how it dealt with the pandemic. In June, President Magufuli declared Tanzania was “coronavirus free” thanks to prayers by citizens.