Zimbabwe reopens airports as it further eases COVID-19 restrictions

APA-Harare (Zimbabwe)

Zimbabwe has reopened airports for international travellers in a move aimed at igniting life into a tourism sector that had been crippled by more than six months of a COVID-19 lockdown, APA learnt here on Friday.

Civil Aviation Authority of Zimbabwe (CAAZ) acting director-general Bertha Muzangaza said international airlines resumed plying the Harare route on Thursday, with flights from Ethiopian Airlines, Emirates and Fastjet.

Kenya Airways and RwandAir resumed flights into the country on Friday, the official said.

“More airlines are scheduled to resume in the coming weeks,” Muzangaza said in a statement.

She said passengers would be subjected to stringent health measures such as mandatory temperature screening and sanitization before entering the terminal building.

Inbound passengers are also required to produce certificates from their source countries that should show that they do not have COVID-19. The tests should have been conducted within 48 hours prior to travel.

Like most of her neighbours, Zimbabwe stopped receiving most commercial scheduled flights in March when President Emmerson Mnangagwa imposed a lockdown to contain the spread of coronavirus.


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