Tanzania has finally joined the list of countries whose citizens will be exempted from the 14 day mandatory quarantine after getting into Kenya.
The East African country joins 146 other countries whose COVID-19 infections have gone down significantly hence its nationals allowed into Kenya.
Other African nations on the list include: Botswana, Burundi, Cameroon, Djibouti, Egypt, Eritrea, Gambia, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Madagascar, Malawi, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, New Guinea, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Africa, South Sudan, Tunisia, Uganda, and Zambia.
The John Magufuli-led government has been feuding with Kenya for months now after President Uhuru Kenyatta closed the Tanzania-Kenya border in May.
When international flights resumed on August 1, Tanzania was missing from the list of countries allowed into Kenya’s airspace.
These were measures to help combat the spread of the novel COVID-19.
In retaliation, Tanzania banned Kenya Airways flights.
In a letter to KQ management from the Tanzania Civil Aviation Authority Director General Hamza, the national carrier’s clearance was revoked.
“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 letter read.
Three weeks ago, the Tanzanian government banned three Kenyan airlines from its airspace.
They were: AirKenya Express, Fly540, and Safarilink Aviation.
President Magufuli declared the country Coronavirus free in June thanks to “citizens prayers.”
“The corona disease has been eliminated thanks to God,” Magufuli said.
The last official Covid-19 data was released on April 29. Then, there were only 509 cases and some 21 fatalities.