Kenyan High Commission in India sets out terms to evacuate 160 Kenyans stuck in India

Foreign Affairs PS Amb Macharia Kamau. [Photo Foreign Affairs Ministry]

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has spelt out four tough measures for Kenyans stuck in India and wish to be evacuated.

Through the Kenyan High Commission ambassador in New Delhi Willy Bett, the mission is working on evacuating Kenyans stuck in India.

However, they must register with the Kenyan mission first, have a valid Kenyan passport, pay for their airfare, be COVID-19 free and produce a certificate to ascertain this.

The mission in the statement said that it has taken a proactive approach after the government of India expended its lockdown to May 3, 2020.

“It is appreciated that many Kenyans who may be affected by the restrictions imposed on the movement of persons and the temporary suspension of all non-essential services in India,” the Kenyan High Commission in India noted.

“It has, therefore, become critically important for the High Commission of Kenya in New Delhi to update its register of all Kenyans currently living in India for accountability and decision-making purposes.”

Those who wish to return home are now required to submit their names and all details to the High Commission of Kenya in New Delhi by April 21, 2020.

Bett said that “The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is working on logistics to arrange for a chartered flight for the evacuation of Kenyans who want to return home at their own cost.”

Upon arrival to Nairobi, those who have been evacuated will undergo a mandatory 14-day quarantine.

Last week, it was revealed that about 160 Kenyans were stuck in India. Majority of them had done to the Indian country to seek medical treatment.

Bett said that patients and caregivers will be prioritized during the evacuation.