Stranded Kenyans in the United States due to COVID-19 can now catch a flight home, from London

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Kenyan citizens stranded in the United States due to the COVID-19 pandemic can catch a special London-Nairobi flight on June 5. They have to find their own way to London

Kenya Airways which in March suspended its non-stop New York to Nairobi flight following the coronavirus pandemic, has received numerous inquiries from stranded Kenyans on when they might be able to catch a flight home, according to Bob Mwaura the airline’s US country manager.

Mwaura, in a message to Mshale, said Kenya Airways has arranged a special flight from London’s Heathrow airport Terminal 2 on June 5 at 11am local time with an arrival in Nairobi the same day at 9:35pm local time.

Flights to Kenya are only open to Kenyan citizens returning home.

Since the coronavirus pandemic hit in a big way in March getting back to Africa has been particularly hard as African governments closed their international airports to stem the pandemic. At a last count by Mshale, almost 40 of Africa’s 57 international airports were either closed or flights in and out severely curtailed.

US State Department figures show over 60,000 visitors from Africa entered the US in March around the same time that President Trump banned travel from Europe, a popular connection from the US for those traveling to Africa. Many of those visitors are believed to be still around trying to figure out a way to get back home.

Those interested in getting on the Kenya Airways June 5 flight have to make their own travel arrangements to London, Mwaura said, allowing enough to make the connection.

Economy class will cost US$1,333 while business class tickets will be US$2,403. Tickets can be booked at www.kenya-airways.com/en-uk/charter-flights.

“The flight has now been loaded on the Kenya Airways booking system and is available for sale on first come first served basis,” said Mwaura.

COVID-19 Test

An advisory Mwaura sent to Mshale says those booked for the flight will need a certificate showing they are COVID-19 free before they can board. COVID-19 Free certificates need to be sent to Certificate to be sent to ukmedical@kenya-airways.com by May 29.

Those arriving in Kenya will be subjected to the 14-28 days mandatory quarantine period imposed by the Government at their own cost in line with the Kenyan Ministry of Health guidelines.

Details can be found at www.kenya-airways.com/en-uk/charter-flights or by calling the Kenya Airways US toll free number at 1 866 536 9224 which is open 24 hours. They can also be reached via email: usreservations@kenya-airways.com.

About Tom Gitaa

Tom is the President and Publisher of Mshale and chair of the Minnesota Multicultural Media Consortium (MMMC). As Mshale founder, he did a lot of the reporting during the humble beginnings of the newspaper. While he still does the occasional reporting, he now concentrates on the publishing side of the news operation.Tom was also the original host of Talking Drum, the signature current affairs show on the African Broadcasting Network (ABN-America), which was available nationwide in the United States via the DishNetwork satellite service. On the show, he interviewed Nobel laureates such as 2004 Nobel Peace prize winner, Professor Wangari Maathai, the first woman from Africa to win the peace prize and heads of states such as the president of  The Gambia, Yahya Jammeh at State House, Banjul. Tom has previously served in the board of directors of Global Minnesota, the sixth largest World Affairs Council in the United States. He has also previously served as President of the Board of Directors of Books for Africa, the largest shipper of donated books to Africa and. He sits on the board of the United Nations Association.

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