The Kenya government alongside the UK government have agreed to evacuate Kenyans residing in the UK following the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic.
According to Kenya High Commissioner in London Manoah Esipisu, national airline Kenya Airways will operate a flight from London to Nairobi for stranded Kenyans in the UK on Friday June 19.
Three special Kenya Airways flights were arranged in May and early June 2020 to fly back home stranded Kenyans in the UK with the support of both the UK and Kenyan governments.
“The Kenya High Commission in London is pleased to inform Kenyans living in the United Kingdom (UK) that arising from the travel restrictions imposed due to COVID-19, three special Kenya Airways flights have successfully been arranged in May and early June 2020.” he directed.
Flight number KQ 103 destined for Nairobi from London will depart London Heathrow Airport Terminal 2 on Friday June 19, 2020 at 11.00am local time and will land at Nairobi’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) at 9.35pm the same day.
“The flight has now been loaded onto Kenya Airways’ booking system and is available for sale on a first come, first serve basis.” added Esipisu through the Kenya High Commission in UK website.
However before boarding the flight each passenger is required to have a COVID 19 free certificate, with the test certificate acquired within seven days of departure.
Passengers will also be subject to the 14-28 day mandatory quarantine period imposed by the Kenyan government in line with the Ministry of Health guidelines.
Kenya Airways will also operate flights from Nairobi to Johannesburg or Johannesburg to Nairobi scheduled for June 19 2020 or Nairobi to Lagos and Lagos to Nairobi scheduled for June 19 2020.
Passengers are urged to select ONE WAY journey to book their flight, according to Kenya Airways’ official website.
“Flights to Kenya are only open to Kenyan citizens only flying back home while flights to South Africa are open to South African Citizens, Permanent Residents and those with Valid Work Permits.” began a statement posted on Kenya Airways’ official website.
“Mandatory quarantine is in place for all passengers arriving into the UK while all passengers to the UK are required to provide Location details.”
To minimise risk of covid-19 spread, the airline will not offer blankets, headset, newspapers in Business Cabin and Blanket, headset in Economy Cabin.
Kenya Airways has also arranged for COVID-19 test at any Lancet Kenya testing facility at a cost of KES 8,000, with guests required to proceed to any Lancet Lab for testing within 72 hours of the flight.
“Prior to the test guests are required to provide consent for result to be shared with Kenya Airways medical team and results must be received 12 hours before flight. Please note results takes 24hrs to be processed.” concluded the statement.