Air Travel Update Sep 08 2020


8th September 2020

COVID-19 Travel Update: Key Air Travel Protocols and Countries Exempt from Quarantine.

Passengers arriving on international flights with a COVID-19 Negative certificate carried out in the past 96 hours and whose body temperature is NOT above 37.5° C (99.5°F), do NOT have a persistent cough, difficulty in breathing or other flu-like symptoms, from 129 countries will not have to undergo mandatory quarantine. Those required to quarantine will do so at Government designated facility or at their home subject to prevailing guidelines. Click here to view the full list.

Source: Kenya Civil Aviation Authority

  • Passengers arriving or departing on flights after the curfew, with a valid Air Ticket and Boarding Pass shall be allowed to proceed to their hotels and/or residences.
  • Express Travel Group Drivers have authorisation from the relevant authorities to conduct airport transfers after the curfew hours.
  • Passengers travelling out of Kenya will be required to abide by the particular travel, health and COVID-19 related requirements of the destination country.

Kenya Airways

COVID - 19 Test at KQ Pride Center

Charter flight passengers can have their COVID-19 tests done at KQ Pride Center for Ksh 8,000. Payment through MPESA is encouraged via the details below:

Business number:777770
Account no:Guest name(covid test)
Amount: Ksh 8,000

  • Pre-booking is required in order to plan accordingly, usually this should be done within 24 hours, opened from 0800-1500 hours. Bookings can be done through: 0724765900/0110935544
  • The lab has an average capacity of 350 samples to be analysed in 24 hours, that caters for all passengers both on charter and commercial flights.
  • The test results should be ready in 24-36 hours.
  • If the results are positive, the KQ medical team will walk the journey to recovery with the guest and in case of any additional charges, they will be advised.

Repatriation Flights

To minimise risk of COVID-19 spread, Kenya Airways will not offer blankets, headsets, newspapers in the Business Cabin; and blankets, headsets in the Economy Cabin. All guest are required to wear a mask at all times and maintain social distance at the airport for all formalities (Check-in / Boarding etc).
Nairobi to Mumbai on 16th September 2020
Business: USD 1,000 | Economy: USD 725
Mumbai to Nairobi on 17th September 2020
Business: USD 1200 | Economy: USD 850

Requirements for Mumbai to Nairobi flight

  • COVID-19 free certificate is mandatory for boarding. Test certificate should be done latest 72 Hours to the flight departure date
  • Guests are required to arrange for their own COVID-19 tests.
  • Flight to Nairobi is open to all provided you have all the necessary documents to enter Kenya. Connecting Passengers MUST hold onward ticket and MUST be eligible to enter their destinations.
  • A copy of COVID-19 medical results is required at the check in counter and the results must be negative.
  • Please ensure you travel with the COVID-19 Test Certificate and Declaration documents, you will require them on arrival in Kenya.
  • All passengers must complete the Kenya Travelers Health Surveillance form online on/before arrival.
  • Passengers may be subjected to the 14-28 days mandatory quarantine period imposed by the Government at their own cost in line with the Ministry of Health guidelines.

Ethiopian Airlines
Ethiopian Airlines is pleased to announce the recent additional frequency increment to Dubai with 13 weekly flights by introducing an additional evening departure from Addis Ababa on ET612 on Monday, Tuesday and Saturday.
Flights to Chengdu(CTU), China will resume from Wednesday 9th September 2020.

Additional Reminders

Travellers Health Surveillance Form
All passengers arriving in Kenya are required to fill in the Travellers Health Surveillance Form by the Ministry of Health in Kenya. Forms must be filled online via this link prior to disembarkation. Passengers will receive a QR code after completing the form and will be required to display it to the Port Health Official for them to be allowed to proceed to arrival immigration.

Kenyan Visa on Arrival
All passengers requiring a Visa to enter Kenya, will need to apply online. Visa application on arrival into Kenya will also be done online. Cash payments for Visas on arrival will NOT be allowed. Visa Cards will however be accepted.
Immigration is discouraging holding any passengers in the PI room. Any passenger denied entry into Kenya will be sent back on the first available flight.


Thank you for your continued support. We will share further updates as they arise. Do reach out to us in case of any inquiries or clarifications.

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