Kenya Airways has announced the resumption of direct flights from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (NBO) to London Heathrow (LHR), with effect from 26th June 2021. All flights between the two nations ceased on 9th April 2021, after the UK added Kenya to its “red list” of countries.
Following the news that Kenya was being added to the UK red list, the Kenyan government retaliated by banning flights from the UK.
In early June, the Kenya Civil Aviation Authority (KCAA) extended the ban to 24th August 2021. However, with the summer tourism season here, the Kenyan Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced that flights between Kenya and the UK had the go-ahead to resume.
However, Kenya remains on the UK’s red list. Thus, passengers traveling to the UK from Kenya must be either UK national, Irish nationals or have a right of residence in the UK. They will also need to provide a negative COVID-19 certificate three days before travel, book a government-approved quarantine hotel within 14-days before arrival and take two COVID-19 tests if they have been in a red list country or territory ten days before arriving in the UK.
On the other hand, passengers arriving in Kenya from the United Kingdom must have a negative COVID-19 PCR test certificate conducted within 96 hours before arrival. This rule does not apply to children under five years old. Once in Kenya, they must self-isolate for seven days and take a second COVID-19 PCR test four days after arrival.
Kenya Airways (KQ) has just recently increased the frequency of its direct flights to the United States (New York) to three a week, up from once a week. This was occasioned by an uptick in demand for summer bookings.