Democratic Republic of Congo opens airspace to safeguard economy

With an intent to renew the country’s economy that has been witnessing a dwindling effect since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, the Democratic Republic of Congo has reopened its airspace from August 15.

The airspace has been reopened after nearly five months of suspension. The DR Congo government imposed various restrictions in a bid to contain the spread of the virus since the reporting of first COVID-19 cases on March 10, one of the restrictions being suspension of non-essential international flights. 

After the months-long suspension, DR Congo Aviation and Health officials received the first commercial passenger flight on August 15. International flights were by far suspended with an intention to prevent the virus transmission from outside its borders.

The arriving passengers were taken through health protocols, including temperature checks and hand washing, before being allowed into the country.

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