Kenya, U.K. to form joint committee to address recent travel restrictions

Kenya flag with Great Britain flag on a grunge cracked wall

Kenya and the United Kingdom will set up a Joint Emergency Committee to address the recent travel restrictions each side imposed on the other, Nairobi said on Wednesday.

“Cabinet Secretary Amb Raychelle Omamo today held positive deliberations with the U.K. Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab. They agreed on the establishment of a Joint Emergency Committee to address COVID-19 Emergency travel restrictions,” said Kenya’s Foreign Ministry.

“CS Amb Omamo and Dominic Raab underlined the need to work on strengthening trade and deepening regional security.”

London on Friday announced a ban on passengers arriving from Kenya starting April 9.

The U.K. cited spread of the South African coronavirus variant in the East African country as its reason for the new restrictions.

Kenya responded with its own restrictions, banning passenger flights originating or transiting through U.K. airports for a month. In addition, passengers from the U.K. will be required to produce a negative COVID-19 test certificate and a valid COVID-19 vaccination certificate.

Kenya’s Foreign Ministry did not announce any dates for the establishment of the Joint Emergency Committee, or any change in its earlier travel advisory.

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