Giant aviation leader captain Hussein Mohamed now says that mandatory COVID-19 vaccine certificate before one travels to Kenya and from other destinations outside the country is inevitable in the next 12 months.
The BlueBird Aviation General Manager, projected that it would take a little longer for African airlines to get travel access moving across borders on the back of low vaccination rates across the African continent.
“If most of the people were vaccinated it makes it easier for airlines because you have sufficient passenger load that is free to travel. The downside is adaptability of the COVID Vaccine passport worldwide,” said Captain Mohammed.
The guru adds that , Kenya cannot issue a mandatory requirement for all passengers to have a COVID passport while Rwanda, UK or Australia doesn’t require it suggesting that passengers would opt for other airlines with such mandatory moves.
Captain Mohammed said introducing COVID Vaccine Passports in such jurisdictions is possible compared to Kenya or Africa because many people are yet to get vaccinated.
“Here is a situation that will take 12 months or more for 70 per cent of adult population to be fully vaccinated. We have to be able to be comparable developed countries. Until we reach such a time we are comparable to these developed countries, honestly COVID Passport is not yet an option for most of Africa,”
For the forseable feature, Captain Mohammed sees a combination requiring passengers to produce COVID certificates showing that they were fully vaccinated and also for those who are not, required to have COVID-ve results prior to boarding the flight.
“I see that for the next 12 months and probably beyond that there might be a consensus among people in the aviation industry worldwide agreeing on a specific COVID passport requirement for all travels,” said Captain Mohammed.