Kenya Airways (KQ) is slated to resume flights to and from the UK on June 26th after a two-month hiatus.
The restart of direct flights between London’s Heathrow Airport and Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) follows the lifting of a travel ban imposed by the government of Kenya in April.
“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,” said KQ Acting Chief Commercial and Customer Officer Julius Thairu.
“We remain fully committed to offer our customers an onboard travel experience that has their health and safety in mind.”
The return of flights between Kenya and the UK comes after the two nations jointly developed new travel protocols.
Passengers heading to the UK from Kenya must be of British or Irish nationality or have official residency in the UK.
They are also required to be in possession of a negative COVID-19 certificate conducted three days before traveling, book a quarantine hotel package within 14-days before arrival, and take two-COVID-19 tests after arrival.
On the other hand, passengers traveling to Nairobi from London must have a negative COVID-19 PCR test conducted 96 hours before arrival, must isolate for seven days upon arrival, and take a subsequent PCR test after four days.
They are also required to submit daily health information on the Ministry of Health’s Jitenge platform for 14 consecutive days.