Kenya bans flights from UK in retaliation against UK’s Covid-19 travel ban
London, April 4, 2021 (AltAfrica)-Kenya has banned all flights from the United Kingdom (UK) in retaliation against similar ban by the British government. Both bans take effect same day, April 9th, 2021
A statement on Saturday evening accused the UK of engaging in “vaccine apartheid” with officials in Nairobi arguing they were punishing Kenya for matters beyond its control.
On Saturday, Kenyan Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued a statement saying, in light of the decisions taken by the United Kingdom, Kenya has decided to undertake the following measures:
1. As a direct and reciprocal response to the measures indicated in the NV 405/21 all passenger flights, whether commercial or charter, between Kenya and the United Kingdom, are suspended as of midnight April 9, 2021.
2. The suspension will be reviewed within 4 weeks.
3. All cargo flights may continue without restriction, on the condition that all crew present a valid certificate of vaccination against Covid-19 and carry a valid Covid-19 negative PCR test certificate.
4. Moving forward, all passengers coming to Kenya from the UK must have a valid Covid-19 vaccination certificate and a Covid-19 negative PCR test and must self-isolate on arrival for a period of seven days.
5. All UK citizens and residents travelling to Kenya from the UK, irrespective of their route of travel to Kenya and who do not have a valid Covid-19 vaccination certificate, but who must nonetheless have a valid Covid-19 negative PCR test certificate, shall be subject to 14 days mandatory quarantine on arrival at a government facility at their own cost.
6. All travellers below the age of 18 will require a certificate of Covid-19 negative PCR tests to enter Kenya.
7. Kenyan citizens only require a certificate of Covid-19 negative PCR tests to travel.
8. All United Kingdom government officials and diplomats carrying official government travel documentation must have a valid Covid-19 vaccination certificate and a valid Covid-19 negative PCR test certificate to enter Kenya.
Meanwhile, Kenyan national carrier, Kenya Airways on Saturday announced the addition of two repatriation flights on April 4 and 8 to meet increased demand for travel to the UK before the European Country’s travel advisory takes effect on April 9.
“Due to the increased demand for travel to the UK before the advisory takes effect on April 9, we have added 2 new flights on April 4 and 8,” read a statement from KQ.
The UK will not accept foreign nationals travelling from or via Kenya to the UK, including transit passengers who might only pass through JKIA, Nairobi.
“Customers impacted by this directive may change their bookings for later travel or request a refund with all penalties waived,” said KQ.