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Kenya suspends flights from United Arab Emirates

The ban took effect Monday midnight

People wait for their flights Dubai Airport’s Terminal 3

Kenya has suspended all inbound and transit passenger flights from the United Arabs Emirates (UAE) for seven days.

This comes after a move by Dubai to ban all passenger flights from Kenya over alleged fake Covid tests.

The ban took effect Monday midnight, according to Kenya Civil Aviation Authority (KCAA) Director-General Gilbert Kibe.

The restriction, however, does not apply to cargo flights from the UAE to Kenya, which are generally operated by Kenya Airways and Emirates Airlines.

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"Inbound and transit passenger flights from UAE are suspended for a period of seven days. We are doing this to reciprocate a ban on Kenyan passenger flights to UAE," said Kibe.

The embargo comes only a few days after the UAE extended a flying ban to Kenya after discovering that passengers from Nairobi were testing positive for Covid-19 after arriving in the Middle Eastern country, despite having negative test results.

The conspiracy, according to KCAA Director-General Gilbert Kibe, comprised a racket of private medical testing centres that conspired with travellers to produce fraudulent Covid-19 PCR results to help their flight to Dubai.

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