Kenyans stranded in the United Kingdom are set to get a second chance to return home after another flight was announced.
In a statement Tuesday, the Kenyan High Commissioner to United Kingdom Manoah Esipisu announced that a second flight from London has been availed to take off on Friday, May 15.
The Kenya Airways flight was arranged through discussions between the governments of Kenya and the United Kingdom.
Kenyans in the UK wishing to travel back home will need to book their flights via the Kenya Airways booking system on a first-come-first-serve basis.
“Following the special commercial flight taking home stranded Kenyans from the UK on 4th May 2020, the High Commission wishes to announce a second flight. The Kenya Airways flight has been arranged through the good offices of the governments of Kenya and the United Kingdom. The flight will depart from London Heathrow Airport to JKIA Nairobi on Friday, 15th May 2020” said Esipisu.
And speaking during Tuesday’s Covid-19 briefing at Afya House, Foreign Affairs Principal Secretary Ambassador Macharia Kamau said the government has and will continue to facilitate stranded Kenyans willing to return home.
“So far we have facilitated 700 Kenyans. We expect more to trickle in over the next weeks as we find means and ways of facilitating their return. Many Kenyans around the world are recognizing that it is important they stay where they are. They are best advised to remain where they are domiciled when it comes to Kenyan diaspora” said Ambassador Kamau.
Passengers are required to undertake COVID-19 tests from any accredited laboratory and certification issued at least seven days before travel.
Upon arrival, they will be quarantined at their own cost.
Ambassador Kamau handed over a donation of an assortment of PPEs from his ministry and other partners to the Ministry of Health towards combating the spread of Coronavirus.