Kenya Airways (KQ) is resuming direct flights to London on 26th June following the lifting of the suspension of flights to and from the United Kingdom by the Kenyan government.
KQ’s acting Chief Commercial and Customer Officer Julius Thairus said, “The resumption of flights to London, United Kingdom is in line with our plans to grow and expand our routes as restrictions lift which will positively impact the flow of trade and tourism across the region by offering our customers convenient travel across the world. This route offers our customers convenient connections to key destinations” as reported by Citizen Digital.
Citizen Digital further reports that new protocols anchoring the return of flights between Kenya and UK governments have been developed. These include;
- Passengers travelling to the UK must be of British or Irish nationality or have official residency in the UK.
- A negative COVID-19 certificate three days before travelling must be availed by the travelers.
- Passengers must book a quarantine hotel package within 14-days before arrival in addition to taking two-COVID-19 tests if they have been in a country or region in UK’s red list in the last 10 days.
- Passengers travelling to Kenya from the UK are required to have a negative COVID-19 PCR test conducted 96 hours before arrival excluding children below the age of five.
- The new arrivals must isolate for seven days upon arrival and take a subsequent PCR test after for days.
- The passengers will be obligated to submit daily health information including the results of the second PCR test on the Ministry of Health Jitenge platform for 14 consecutive days.
The National Carrier will resume direct flights to London Heathrow Airport after a pause of 2 months following the ban by the Kenyan Government.