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Dubai drops Uganda from redlist as it retains Tanzania and Kenya

Tanzania and Kenya are still locked in Dubai’s ‘Red List’ even as it removed five African countries whose citizens had been barred from visiting the United Arab Emirates (UAE) have been from the travel restriction.

UAE left Kenya and Tanzania out in its latest review, which saw Ghana, Angola, Uganda, Guinea and Cote d’Ivoire allowed admission to the middle-eastern state.

“With effect from January 13, Emirates will resume passenger services to and from Guinea (CKY), Cote d’Ivoire (ABJ), Ghana (ACC), Uganda (EBB) and Republic of Angola (Luanda),” reads a statement from the carrier’s website.

The aviation regulator told the Business Daily last week that Dubai had asked Kenya to put its house in order first before it could review the flight ban, which was reciprocated by Nairobi in kind last week. The seven-day ban expired Monday at midnight.

At the heart of the conflict is travellers from Nairobi and Dar who were testing positive for Covid-19 after arrival in the Middle East nation, despite carrying negative test results.

Kenya Civil Aviation Authority (KCAA) director-general Gilbert Kibe said the scheme involved a racket of corrupt officials from the Health ministry who colluded with travellers to issue fake Covid-19 PCR results to aid travel to Dubai.

KCAA Monday issued order extending the Dubai fights suspension till January 24, 2022 after the two nations failed to reach a settlement.


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