Kenyans stranded in India due to the Covid-19 crisis arrived back home on Thursday.

They were required to produce a Covid-19 negative test conducted four days prior to their travel, and thereafter underwent a rapid test in compliance with Ministry of Health directives.

The flight landed at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport at 11am and after screening, most were allowed to self-quarantine for the next 14 days.

Dr Willis Akhwale, the chairman of the Covid-19 Vaccine Taskforce, said those still in India are expected on June 15.

“We ensured that they underwent vigorous rapid tests when they arrived and samples taken for genome sequencing. The results will be ready in the next few days when they will still be quarantining,” he explained.

The travellers, according to the Kenya Airways (KQ) chief executive Allan Kilavuka, had left Mumbai for Nairobi at 9.30am.

Earlier, Dr Akhwale had said that only those with the negative PCR test taken within 96 hours would be allowed to go home.

“When they arrive, we will check on their documents and conduct a rapid test on arrival to ensure that those who contracted the virus while on transit are detected and isolated,” he said.

“If the test turns negative, they will have to self-quarantine for 14 days at their homes, but should it turn positive, they will have to undergo mandatory quarantine in 10 selected isolation centres in the country at their cost.