Kenya lifts ban on UK flights but under strict conditions

A Kenya Airways flight

Kenya has lifted the ban on flights to and from the UK as it did with Somalia.

In a statement dated June 9, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said the decision takes effect immediately.

“All the Covid-19 restrictions earlier communicated by the Kenya Civil Aviation Authority will be varied in the following manner: All passengers and crew irrespective of nationality and residence status coming to Kenya from the United Kingdom, irrespective of their route of travel to Kenya must be in possession of a valid Covid-19 PCR test certificate conducted within 96 hours before travel except for children below 5 years of age,” MFA said in the statement.

Additionally, all the travelers into Kenya must isolate for 7 days upon arrival, and take a PCR test four days upon arrival, MFA said.

Kenya banned flights from the UK, effective April 9 in retaliation to a move by the UK to add the country on its travel ‘red list’.

While the ban was expected to take effect on May 5, the Kenya Civil Aviation Authority said the suspension on passenger flights on the Nairobi-London route would remain in force until June 5.

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Besides the passenger flight ban, Kenya also directed all non-citizens coming from the UK to self-isolate for 14 days before they can be admitted to the country, in what significantly cut the number of tourists and business travel.

But even with the lifting of the ban, Kenyan society in the UK is still pressing for the removal of Kenya from the red list.

In a phone conversation with The Brief, one of the representatives said Kenya only bulged because of the economic loss it was suffering, as the UK remained adamant, while the statistics showed Kenya was no threat to the UK as far as Covid-19 infections were concerned.

“We fell the UK is treating us with a colonial attitude as our people suffer because of loss of jobs particularly in the tourism sector. The solution is removing Kenya from the red list to amber, and consequently issuing a statement on when they plan to totally remove Kenya from the red list,” the representative said.

The official further noted the effect of Kenya’s statement was an increase in tickets, which is detrimental to Kenyans living in the UK.

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