Travel Update Jul 14 2020


14th July 2020
Resumption of Flights

Following last week's Presidential address, Kenyans have a reason to smile as the lock down was lifted in the counties of Nairobi, Mombasa and Mandera from 7th July 2020. Whilst the curfew was extended, there is hope as travel within Kenya is allowed by road, rail, air and waterways. Local air travel is scheduled to resume on 15th July 2020, whereas International travel to and from Kenya will resume on 1st August 2020. Here are travel updates from some of our partners:


Kenya Airports Authority assures all passengers, staff and crew that the necessary measures have been taken to mitigate the risk of COVID-19 transmission and is ready to resume flight operations at all its airports.

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The airline announced that they resume flights from 15th July 2020. Starting with a limited route structure, flying daily to: Mombasa, Lamu, Malindi, Eldoret, Lodwar and Kisumu.

They have been conducting COVID-19 sensitization training for all staff at JKIA and Wilson Airports. Passengers are encouraged to wear masks in order to be checked in and boarded.


Jambojet, is set to resume flights to five local destinations on 15th July 2020, after the Government of Kenya lifted the ban of movement in and out of Nairobi, Mombasa, and Mandera counties.

This comes after the Ministry of Transport developed protocols with best practices on conducting commercial air transport that will see aviation players observe the highest levels of safety and well-being of the customers and staff.

The airline will operate 3 daily flights to Mombasa, 2 to Kisumu, 2 to Eldoret, 1 to Malindi and 4 weekly flights to Diani. The frequencies will be reviewed regularly to respond to the changes in demand across the markets.

The airline has been working with the Government of Kenya and the authorities to ensure that they a create a safe environment for customers when they get back to the skies. Customers are assured that they will follow the safety guidelines put in place to offer a safe and pleasant flying experience. The measures Jambojet has taken, are in-line with the Protocols for Air Travel that were developed by the Ministry of Transport, The Kenya Airports Authority and other Aviation players.

The measures include thorough sanitization of aircraft with industry approved disinfectants before and after each flight. Additionally, the aircraft have been fitted with High-Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filtration system that refreshes the air every 3 minutes.

All passengers and crew will be required to wear a face mask throughout the journey. Additionally, temperature checks will be done on arrival at the airport and hand sanitizers will be provided at all customer touch-points.


Kenya Airways

Charter Flights

Book flights from Nairobi to London on 16th July and London to Nairobi on 17th July 2020.
To minimize 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 guests are required to wear a mask at all times and maintain social distance at the airport for all formalities (Check-in / Boarding etc).

Due to unavoidable circumstances Kenya Airways is not able to process Visa and Mastercard on the website and mobile application. However, you can book these flights through Express Travel Group. Please contact us via +254 709 195 000 or via [email protected]

Nairobi to London flight on 16th July 2020
  • Economy: USD 1,383
  • Business: USD 2,453
  • All Guests are required to arrange for COVID-19 Test.
  • Guests can be tested at any lancet lab at a fee of Kes 8000.
  • COVID-19 test needs to be done within 72hrs of the flight.
  • Guests need to present medical test results at check in and must be negative.
  • Mandatory quarantine for guests arriving into the UK. 
  • Guests to the UK are required to provide location details
Tests can be done at any of the GoK Facilities where the test is conducted: Aga Khan Hospital, Nairobi Hospital or Lancet Labs. The results of the test should be sent prior to KQ Doctors for verification.  Documents need to be emailed to [email protected] by 15th July for Travel Clearance. 

NB: All passengers need to complete the UK Border Passenger location form before departure.

Transit in the UK

Passengers transiting in the UK for less than 24 hours (overnight) have to complete the UK self-quarantine form online. Whilst completing the UK Quarantine Form, passengers will need to explain they are in transit and provide the details of the hotel.
  • On page 4, Passengers will be asked a question if they should be in quarantine and they should tick NO and then another question will pop up asking WHY? In this section the passenger has to state they are in transit. 
  • On pages 5, Passengers should advise which hotel they will be staying in and what date is their flight departing UK (within 24 hours of arriving in the UK)
  • The form will confirm if they are exempted from 14 day Self Quarantine.

London to Nairobi flight on 17th July 2020
  • Economy: GBP 1129
  • Business: GBP 2009
  • Flight to Kenya are only open to Kenyan citizens only flying back home.
  • Guests are required to arrange for their own COVID-19 tests.
  • A copy of COVID-19 medical results is required at the check-in counter and the results must be negative.
  • Government guidelines are that all guests will be quarantined at their own cost for 14 to 28 days.
  • Click here to see a list of Government quarantine facilities available.
  • Guests are required to sign Quarantine Declaration form and email to  [email protected] by 17th June 2020.
COVID-19 Test (within 7 days of departure) and Quarantine on arrival in Kenya is Mandatory.

COVID-19 Testing Facilities in UK:

Kenya Airways do not have a vetted test center in the UK, however here is a list of centers to consider:
COVID-19 Testing Facilities in Other Countries:  As per the facilities available for testing.

Please send a copy of the following information/documents to[email protected] by 15th July 2020:
  • Your booking details
  • COVID-19 free certificate from the Testing Center
  • Signed Quarantine Declaration form
Please ensure you travel with the Test Certificate and Declaration documents, you will require them on arrival in Kenya.


Repatriation Flight

Emirates is operating a repatriation flight on Tuesday, 14th July 2020, and in addition purchase can be made for onwards destinations as long as passengers are compliant with the respective country's regulations.

Nairobi to Dubai and onwards, 14th July 2020 click here to see the destinations


  • Departure: 1815hrs
  • Fares: One Way

Terms and conditions

Passengers will be subjected to local entry requirements of the individual countries. To see the new guidelines for returning Dubai residents and citizens click here.

  • To see the COVID-19 Travel Regulations Map* (powered by Timatic) click here
  • Check-in at JKIA at Terminal 1B, 4hrs before departure as per government travel protocols. Check-in will close 90 minutes before departure.
  • It is recommended to have a COVID-19 free certificate. It is mandatory to wear a mask and observe social distancing.


SWISS International Airlines Repatriation Flights

Swiss International Airlines is working very closely with the Embassy of Switzerland in Kenya to arrange repatriation flights from Nairobi to Zurich with onward connections on Wednesday, 15th, 22nd and 29th July 2020. Departure time from Nairobi JKIA at 11.40hrs, arrival in Zurich at 18.35hrs.

Nairobi to Zurich on 15th, 22nd and 29th July 2020
  • Economy Class: 1,050;  Baggage allowance: 1pc 23KG
  • Business Class: 2,286;  Baggage allowance: 2pc 23KG

Further information:

  • Please note that these flights are special repatriation flights and not regular commercial flights.
  • The flight will only take place provided that there is the necessary approval granted by the government.
  • Connecting flights from Zürich to various destinations in Europe will be available from the next morning
  • Onwards to  Amsterdam,  Athens, Barcelona, Basel (same day), Berlin, Brussels, Budapest, Copenhagen, Düsseldorf, Florence, Geneva, Hamburg, London-Heathrow, Madrid, Munich, Naples, Nice, Paris, Rome, Stockholm, Valencia, Vienna (same day). 
  • Please bear in mind the entry restrictions in Europe.
  • Passengers are expected to check-in at the JKIA Terminal 1C4hrs before departure as stipulated in the government travel protocols.
  • Check-in will open as from 07:40am and will close 2hrs before departure i.e. at 09:40am to allow preparation for the slow boarding of the aircraft
  • It is important that all passengers feel well protected on their travels, during these times therefore it is mandatory for all passengers to face wear masks and to observe social distancing.
  • Temperature checks will be conducted by Port Health Authorities.


Update from our Transport Department

Check out our current transport and travel deals below. Your health and safety is our top priority. Our processes are in line with the COVID-19 preventive measures for your peace of mind.

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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