Passengers who were headed to Dubai were arrested on Thursday night, 26 November at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) for presenting fake COVID-19 and yellow fever certificates.
During the operation conducted by port health officials from the Ministry of Health, the unsuspecting passengers were nabbed after their documents were subjected to special scanning.
During the inspection, some of the passengers were also intercepted for having fake yellow fever certificates. According to reports, 100 passengers on a recent flight from Kenya to Dubai presented Covid-19 negative certificates upon arriving in UAE.
The operation follows the suspension of visa issuance imposed on Kenya and some 12 other countries over an alleged rise in the number of fake documents being presented by their nationals upon arrival in UAE states.
UAE is said to have taken the action after speculations that some of the passengers from Kenya are presenting fake clearance letters upon arrival in Dubai.
According to the UAE Foreign Affairs Ministry, the directive was given to curb the rise of the second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic.
the country stated that applications for new employment and visit visas were suspended until further notice for nationals outside the UAE.
The other countries that its visas were banned include; Pakistan, Iran, Yemen, Syria, Somalia, Iraq, Turkey, Afghanistan, Syria, and Libya.
The country stated that applications for new employment and visit visas were suspended until further notice for nationals outside the UAE
However, only Pakistan appeared to confirm the news through reports in its media quoting government officials. The Pakistan Foreign Affairs Ministry said the suspension will not affect those with already issued Visas
It was not immediately clear what categories of Visa were also affected by this directive from the UAE.