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Kenya informs Somalia implementation of Somalia-Kenya flights and visa deal

The government of Kenya has confirmed that it has fully implemented its part of issues agreed upon by Somali president, Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo and his Kenyan counterpart, Uhuru Kenyatta mid this month.

In a letter addressing Somali ministry for Foreign Affairs, Kenyan foreign Ministry said the East Africa nation allowed resumption of the direct flights from Mogadishu to Nairobi.

“The flight from Mogadishu (Aden Adde International Airport may fly direct to Nairobi (Jomo Kenyatta International Airport or Wilson Airport), the flights originating from other aerodromes in Somalia to route via Wajir Airport for security checks,” the ministry said in the statement.

Kenya also said that the visas of the diplomatic and service passport holders on official engagements will be issued on arrival but should documentary evidence.

According to the letter, Somali lawmakers will get their visas on arrival.

The ministry says the officials with service and diplomatic passports who plan to travel to Kenya for their personal affairs are required to apply for a visa before commencing their journey.

Mid-November, the leaders of Somalia and Kenya, Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo and Uhuru Kenya respectively agreed to reintroduce direct flight between Mogadishu and Nairobi.

Following a lengthy meetings in Nairobi, the presidents held a press conference in which they said the two countries agreed to lift the Wajir stop over for flights from Mogadishu.

Uhuru told the reporters that the two countries agreed Somali nationals will be obtaining visas at the airport upon arrival.

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