Rwanda Protests UK COVID-19 Travel Ban

Rwanda has expressed displeasure with the United Kingdom after travelers from the East African Country were banned.  The UK cited the need to curtail the spread of the coronavirus.

UK’s transport Minister announced that his country added Rwanda, Burundi and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to it’s COVID-19 travel ban list with effect from January 29, 2021.

The transport secretary Grant Shapps said on twitter “This means the people who have been in these countries will be denied entry, except British, Irish and third country nationals with residence rights who have self-isolated for ten days at home”.

Kigali however pushed back against the ban arguing that it pandemic control efforts had been consistent.  Kigali’s national carrier “RwandAir” has been operating flights to London Heathrow thrice a week since October, 2020.

Australian think tank Lowy Institute, last week ranked Rwanda first in Africa and sixth globally in the management of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Rwanda has recorded 15,304 cases and 198 deaths in total since it confirmed it’s index in March 2020.

“Rwanda’s response to covid-19 inviting testing, contact tracing, containment, treatment and reporting has been consistent, transparent and attested to by third party entities”,  Kigali said in a statement released.


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