Foreign Affairs Ministry to repatriate stranded Kenyans in India

Kenya's Ambassador to India Willy Bett. [Photo Trendsmap]

Following an extension of COVID-19 restrictions in India, Kenya’s Foreign Affairs Ministry has asked Kenyans who wish to return home before September 1 to forward their details.

Through the Kenyan High Commission in New Delhi, the ministry on Monday said there is still a window for Kenyans stuck in India to fly back home.

“Submit a list containing your names, passport numbers and telephone contacts to Kenya High Commission in New Delhi through email: [email protected] by end of business on August 12, 2020,” Kenya’s High Commissioner to India Willy Bett said in a statement.

Among the things these Kenyans must comply with is providing a negative COVID-19 certificate within seven days of departure and sign off to undergo a mandatory 14-day quarantine upon arrival in Kenya.

Bett said with the details, they will make an informed decision on the next course of action. He urged Kenyans in India to inform coordinators via virtual links adding that this will make the whole process easier.

An official from the ministry told the Star that they are yet to find out how many Kenyans are still stuck in India.

“It is yet to be established how many Kenyans are here but we have requested them to send details. Once we have the data we shall be in a position to tell,” the source stated.

The Kenyan government has repatriated over 1000 Kenyans who had been stuck in India at a time when international travel had been suspended between May and July.

The three repatriations were courtesy of Kenya Airways (KQ) and three Vande Bharat Mission (Air India) flights.