14-05-2020 by Freddie del Curatolo
After the announced repatriation flight for Italians stationed in Kenya, the Embassy of Italy in Kenya announced yesterday that it is setting up a third opportunity for compatriots who have been left without options for return, to return home or where they have affections and interests, in the case of residents.
This was the reason for the additional accessions in the last week of many compatriots who initially decided to stay in Kenya. In Italy, in one month, the pandemic has gone from its peak at the beginning of phase 2, while in the African country the number of contagions and deaths from Covid-19 is growing "pole by pole" and a long time is expected for the return to normality.
So those who had stayed longer than they should and wanted to, with additional rent costs and needs to return to their homeland (there is not a single tourist inside abandoned resorts or left at the mercy of themselves without a euro in their wallet, this our readers have already guessed) have also been joined by owners of villas or apartments waiting for the reopening of the airports in May and also residents in Kenya who are used to spend one or more months a year in Italy.
For the next repatriation flight, a date has already been decided, Thursday 21 May, which must be confirmed and accompanied by other information (schedules, stopovers, prices).
As reported by the Embassy, we will soon have more detailed information.
It is recommended to all those who really want to return, to be ready and timely on the website of the company chosen by the Farnesina, without getting discouraged if the first attempt is not possible to book. Last Saturday, for example, NEOS opened at 5pm, apologizing for the delay due to technical reasons, and in about 15 minutes all tickets were sold. Due to the contemporaneity of online purchases, there are also those who found the ticket purchased, the transaction was successful but not the seat reservation in Mombasa. The latter, in case of confirmation by NEOS as likely for the third return flight, should have priority. In the meantime, the Embassy has also indicated how to transfer to Mombasa airport, given the rules that close the borders of Kilifi County. The decision was to use only one transfer company with large coaches,
Here's the communiqué:
The Italian Embassy, with reference to the special flight of Neos Air scheduled for Sunday, May 17 at 12.55, referred to in the previous notices, informs that they are preparing the procedures and necessary authorizations to allow compatriots holding tickets for that flight to reach Mombasa Airport.
In particular, the following are the collective movements, coordinated by the Embassy, which provide for the social distancing provided for by the regulations in force in Italy:
1. For compatriots and other people who have booked the flight in the county of Kilifi, bus transfers will be organized early in the morning on Sunday 17th, with some departure points along the coast (Mambrui, Malindi, Watamu and Kilifi). For more details and how to purchase tickets for this transport, interested parties can contact the Southern Ski Safari Ltd agency on 0111 744 618 or mail email@example.com . Information about this will also be sent to those who have booked the flight by email.
2. From Nairobi a ground transfer will be organized with departure on the morning of next Saturday 16 May and destination Mombasa. The details (place and time of departure and place of arrival in Mombasa, hotel for overnight stay the night of May 16) will be communicated individually to those interested.
3. For transfers from Lamu and Diani to Mombasa, charter flights will be organized and the relevant authorizations will be prepared.
4. For those who are located in other counties/cities other than those mentioned above, it is recommended to contact the Embassy in order to obtain the necessary authorizations/declarations to take with you when moving to Mombasa Airport.
Please note that the use of the mask is mandatory during all transfers, which will not be provided by transport services.
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