AirlinesRwandAir to resume its flights to London

RwandAir to resume its flights to London

RwandAir has announced that it will resume its flight operations to London after five months suspension over Covid-19 infections.

“We’re thrilled to announce the resumption of our services to London with one weekly flight from Kigali to Heathrow from 10th July 2021,” the airline said on Tuesday.

The Rwandan national airline will offer a weekly rotation on the Kigali-Brussels-London route.

The route will be operated without competition with its A330-200/300 fleet, it added.

For one to travel, a certificate of a negative Covid-19 test is required for all travelers arriving, transiting or departing from Rwanda.

“The only accepted test is a SARS-Cov 2 Real Time Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) performed within 72 hours of departure time. Other tests such as Rapid Diagnostics Test (RDTs) are not accepted,” the airline said.

However, it noted that the information is dynamic and may change anytime on short notice.

“Therefore, we recommend that you check this page regularly while planning your trip,” it said.

The United Kingdom suspended all flights from Rwanda on January 28 due  to increased risk of importing Covid-19 variants, particularly from South Africa.

The East African nation remains on the red list of countries whose nationals are banned from entering the United Kingdom.

RwandAir will only be able to fly British and Irish citizens, or those  with residency rights (including long-term visa holders), returning from these countries.

However, they will have to undergo a 10-day quarantine in a government-approved hotel and undergo two Covid-19 tests on the second

and eighth day.

Nationals of countries on the green list are also allowed to enter the UK: Australia, Singapore, New Zealand, Israel, Jerusalem, Brunei. Malta,

Madeira, the Balearic Islands, as well as several British overseas territories and the Caribbean islands including Barbados.

This list includes nearly 170 countries. Nationals from these territories must also undergo a 10-day quarantine, but this time at home

and undergo two Covid-19 tests on the 2nd and 8th day.

However, the United Kingdom offers the possibility to break the quarantine after the 5th day under specific conditions.

Teresa Awuor
Teresa is a vibrant ready to go journalist with a bias in human interest stories.

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