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Resumption of International Air Travel

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Following the suspension of all scheduled and non-scheduled passenger flights in and out of Nairobi FIR due to COVID-19 pandemic, the Government of the Republic of Kenya has given the following directives in resumption of international flights on 1st August, 2020.

  • All arriving passengers on international flights 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; have negative PCR based COVID – 19 test carried out within 96 hours before travel and are from countries considered low to medium risk COVID – 19 transmission areas shall be exempt from quarantine.\
  • Travellers from the following countries will be exempt from quarantine:
  • Canada
    • South Korea
    • Namibia
    • Uganda
    • China
    • Rwanda
    • Morocco
    • Japan
    • Zimbabwe
    • Ethiopia
    • Switzerland
    • The United States of America (except for California, Florida and Texas)
    • United Kingdom
    • France
    • Netherlands
    • Qatar
    • United Arab Emirates
    • Italy
    • Germany
    • All crew shall be exempt from quarantine after operating any flight if their body temperature is not above 37.5° C (99.5°F); do not exhibit symptoms of COVID–19 and there is no suspected case of COVID-19 on their flight. With a suspected case of COVID-19 on the flight, the crew shall be quarantined at home or designated facility. If results are negative they shall be allowed to resume normal duties.
  • The air operators shall be responsible for ensuring proper screening, medical briefing and reporting any cases to the relevant authorities
  • For those passengers traveling out of the country, they will be required to abide by the particular travel, health and COVID-19 related requirements of the destination country;
  • Passengers arriving on flights after the curfew, with a valid Air Ticket and Boarding Pass shall be allowed to proceed to their hotels and/or residences;
  • Drivers should have evidence that they have come from the Airport to drop or pick up passengers;
  • Passengers departing on flights after the curfew, with a valid Air Ticket and Boarding Pass shall be allowed to proceed to their departure airport;
  • Air Operators shall provide guidance material to passengers regarding application of the preventive measures on board;
  • Where physical distancing cannot be guaranteed because of the seat configuration or other operational constraints, the crew members will make constant on-board announcements reminding passengers to adhere at all times to all the other preventive measures including strict hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette and should wear a surgical face mask. In addition, other measures such as cabin high efficiency particulate filters (HEPA) where available will be employed.
  • Kenya Airports Authority, Kenya Civil Aviation Authority and the Ministry of Transport, Infrastructure, Housing, Urban Development and Public Works is reviewing frequency and timing of flights to facilitate physical distancing at the Airports.

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