Kenya Lifts Ban on Flights to and From Somalia

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Somalia's President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo and Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta

The government on Thursday, May 10, lifted the ban on flights to and from Somalia after a month of closure as a goodwill gesture to boost bilateral ties, Foreign Affairs ministry has said.

According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the change of heart was necessitated by mutual interests of the two countries, in the hope that full normalization of bilateral relations will occur.

“The Government of Kenya has taken due consideration of intercessions made and has decided to re-open Kenya’s airspace to all flights originating from Somalia and emanating from Kenya to Somalia,” the statement said.

The statement further said that existing Covid-19 protocols will apply to all passengers from Somalia to Kenya, as directed by Kenya Civil Aviation Authority.

For instance, all passengers/crew coming to Kenya must have a valid Covid-19 negative PCR test certificate conducted within 96 hours before travel.

However, children below the age of 5 years will be exempted from Covid-19 negative PCR test to enter Kenya.

The Kenya Civil Aviation Authority (KCAA) suspended flights to and from Somalia on May 11, 2011, following a tensed diplomatic ties between the two nations.

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Somalia’s President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo and Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta

 

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