Air Travel Update Sep 17 2020

AIR TRAVEL UPDATE 4

17th September 2020

Resumption of Flights to Tanzania

From a statement published on 16th September 2020 by Tanzania Civil Aviation Authority, Tanzania has lifted the suspension and restored flight operations for Kenya Airways, Fly 540, Safarilink and AirKenya.

Updated List of 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 147 countries will not have to undergo mandatory quarantine in Kenya.

Additional countries exempted now includes: Tanzania, Senegal, Ivory Coast, South Sudan, Zambia, Madagascar, Comoros, Ghana, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Cameroon, Nigeria, Malawi, Mozambique, Burundi, South Africa, Mexico and Serbia.
For USA, the restrictions on California, Texas and Florida have been lifted.

Click here to view the full list of countries. Those required to quarantine will do so at Government designated facility or at their home subject to prevailing guidelines.

*Updated list as of 16th Sept. 2020 Source: Kenya Civil Aviation Authority

 
VISA ADVISORY

UAE Immigration has implemented a new set of requirements for UAE visas. There are 4 criterias as options for Reason of Travel and based on the option opted, the necessary documents need to be submitted along with the visa application to process the visa.

1. Reason for travel: General Tourism
  • Commitment letter of return
  • 6 months bank statement
  • Hotel reservation/place of stay
  • Return air ticket

2. Reason for travel: Visiting relative/friend
  • Address proof or relative/friend
  • Commitment letter of return
  • Emirates ID of acquaintance
  • Hotel reservation/place of stay
  • 6 months bank statement
  • Return air ticket

3. Reason for travel: Conference
  • Commitment letter of return
  • Invitation letter
  • Hotel reservation/place of stay
  • 6 months bank statement
  • Return air ticket

4. Reason for travel: Exhibition
  • Commitment letter of return
  • Invitation letter
  • Hotel reservation/place of stay
  • 6 months bank statement
  • Return air ticket

Note that without submission of the documents, the visa cannot be processed. 
 

Please find below information from some of our key airline partners. 

Kenya Airways

Repatriation Flights

Nairobi - Johannesburg - Nairobi 20th September 2020

Requirements for Nairobi to Johannesburg flight

  • COVID-19 free certificate in mandatory for boarding. Test certificate should be done within 72 hrs before flight departure date.
  • All guests are required to arrange for COVID-19 Test.
  • Flight to Johannesburg is open to all returning South African residents.
  • Non-South African passport holders must have pre-clearance and/or valid Residency/Work permits.
  • Guests need to present medical test results at check in and must be negative.
  • 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.
  • Please ensure you travel with the COVID-19 Test Certificate and Declaration documents, you will require them on arrival in South Africa.
  • Make sure you book Kenya Airways KQ1760

For South African Citizens:

  • Copy of Passport.

For Permanent Residents:

  • Copy of Passports
  • Copy of Resident ID

For students:

  • Copy of Passport
  • Copy of Student Permit.
  • Copy of Letter from School Confirming Student is Enrolled

Requirements for Johannesburg 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 are 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.


Nairobi - Eswatini - Nairobi 27th September 2020

Requirements for Nairobi to Eswatini flight

  • Flight to Eswatini is open to all returning Eswatini nationals and residents.
  • All guests are required to arrange for their own COVID-19 Test.
  • 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.
  • COVID-19 free certificate is mandatory for boarding. Tests should be done latest 72 Hours to the flight departure date.
  • A copy of COVID-19 medical results is required at the check-in counter and the results must be negative.
  • All arrivals into the country will be subjected to mandatory government quarantine at a facility selected by the Ministry of Health and paid for by Government.
  • The period of quarantine is determined by several factors including the result of blood and swab tests performed on arrival to test for COVID 19. This period however will not exceed 14 days from day of arrival and isolation.
Requirements for Eswatini 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.
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).


British Airways 

British Airways will begin flying from Heathrow to Lahore, Pakistan, four times a week from 12th October 2020.

Flights will be operated by a Boeing 787-8 departing from Heathrow Terminal 5, landing into Lahore’s International Airport.
 

Lufthansa

Mandatory tests on return to or arrival in Germany

Travelers arriving in Germany from regions with an increased risk of infection will have to undergo a Corona Virus test. The test is free of charge and can be carried out at test centres at the airports. The obligatory test must be done within a maximum of 72 hours after entering the country. Tests from abroad are accepted, provided they are not older than 48 hours at the time of arrival and meet the official requirements of the Robert Koch Institute (RKI).


Optional tests on return to or arrival in Germany

Travellers from non-risk countries can be tested on a voluntary basis. The test is free of charge, if it is carried out up to 72 hours after entering the Federal Republic of Germany.

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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