Rwanda questions UK travel ban

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FILE PHOTO: An airplane of RwandAir bound for China’s Guangzhou taxis at Kigali International Airport in Kigali, Rwanda. (Xinhua/Cyril Ndegeya)

Rwanda has questioned the UK’s decision to ban travelers from the country, saying that the sparse information communicated in regard to the travel ban does not stand up to scientific scrutiny.

In a statement posted on its official website, the government of Rwanda pointed to the country’s response towards the virus, which has been characterized by transparency and consistency.

“Rwanda’s overall response to Covid-19 including testing, surveillance, contact tracing, containment, treatment and reporting has been consistent, transparent and corroborated by third party entities,” it read in part.

“Rwanda is one of the few countries that require a PCR Covid-19 test for all departing passengers and all those in transit,” it added.

In addition, the government argued that “Rwanda did not join in the widespread bans on travelers from the UK in December 2020 over the variant discovered in parts of the UK.”

The statement concluded with a request to the UK to give clarifications on the motivations behind the “arbitrary decision” by their government to impose the travel ban on Rwanda.

The move, according to the UK was in response to new evidence showing “the likely spread of a coronavirus variant first identified in South Africa.”

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