Jomo Kenyatta International Airport.PHOTO/GETTYImages
Jomo Kenyatta International Airport. PHOTO / GETTYImages
The United Arab Emirates (UAE) have indefinitely extended the travel ban on Kenyans to their territory and restricted entry from Nairobi and a variety of other African countries.
Emirates Airlines announced in a press release that the ban, which was supposed to end on the eve of Christmas, would be extended until further notice.
The Dubai Civil Aviation Authority (DCAA) announced on December 20 a 48-hour suspension of all flights from Kenya to the Middle East, but on Wednesday the Dubai-based airline announced that it would in turn suspend its flights from Kenya to comply with the Policy that should end on December 24th.
“For the time being, flights to and from Ethiopia, Kenya, Nigeria, Tanzania and Uganda are suspended. Passengers who have been to or have traveled through these countries in the past 14 days are not allowed to enter or travel through Dubai, ”said the airline’s announcement.
The move is the latest restriction on global travel by the UAE aimed at limiting the spread of COVID-19 in the wake of the new Omicron variant.
The policy is a blow to national airline Kenya Airways, which saw an increase in bookings on this route due to the ongoing Dubai Expo 2020 exhibition.