4 Japanese passengers aboard Kenya Airways flight denied entry to Sierra Leone


4 Japanese passengers aboard Kenya Airways flight denied entry to Sierra Leone
File image of Kenya Airways plane. PHOTO| COURTESY

In Summary

  • Kenya Airways, in a statement released Thursday, stated that the four had been screened at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) and cleared to travel to their final destination, Freetown Internantional Airport.

Four Japanese passengers aboard a Kenya Airways flight to Sierra Leone were denied entry into the country upon arrival at the Freetown International Airport over possible coronavirus symptoms.

Kenya Airways, in a statement released Thursday, stated that the four had been screened at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) and cleared to travel to their final destination, Freetown.

“The immigration authorities in Sierra Leone however directed that they be returned to their port of origin,” read the statement.

“On arrival in Nairobi, further screening was conducted by Port of Health authorities at JKIA where they were cleared to travel. The guests will be put on their onward flight to return to their home country.”

Sierra Leone Civil Authority Director General Moses Tiffa Balo, in an alternate statement, said the passengers were denied disembarkation on public health grounds.

According to Mr. Balo, the four were allegedly visiting the country for touristic purposes but one of them displayed possible Covid-19 infection hence they were all turned away.

“The remaining passengers were all allowed to disembark and quarantined as current health precautionary measures demand,” he stated.

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