Kenya Airways (KQ) will suspend passenger flights to the United Kingdom from 9th April until further notice.

In a statement issued on Monday, 5th April, the national carrier said this follows the government’s decision to ban all flights from the United Kingdom from midnight on Friday.

KQ also announced that it had added two more flights on Wednesday, 7th April, and Thursday, 8th April, following high demand for travel to the UK.

“Due to the increased demand for travel to the UK before the advisory takes effect on 9th April, we have added two new flights on 7th and 8th April 2021. We sincerely apologise to all our customers for the inconvenience,” said the management.

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“Customers impacted by this directive may change their booking for later travel or request a refund with all penalties waived. All tickets must be utilised before 31st March, 2022.”

The announcement comes days after the British Government said it would add Kenya to its travel “red list”.

The British High Commission in Nairobi said in a statement that anyone travelling from Kenya or who has transited through the country in the past 10 days, would not be allowed entry into the UK from 9th April.

“There are new restrictions for entering the UK from Kenya. From 0400 UK time on 9th April, visitors who have been in or transited through Kenya in the previous 10 days will be refused entry into England,” the High Commission tweeted on Friday, 2nd April.

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The new restrictions on travel from Kenya and other ‘red-listed’ countries aimed at containing the spread of Covid-19.

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