KAMPALA– The Minister of Health Dr Jane Ruth Aceng has announced new measures aimed at protecting Ugandans from contraction of new COVID-19 variant that is now claiming lives in India.
In the new measures according to Aceng, all passengers/ passenger flights originating from India have been suspended effective May 1st 2021 until further notice.
Minister Aceng who was addressing the media on measures being undertaken by the country to prevent a resurgence of the COVID-19 pandemic noted that no travelers from India shall be allowed into Uganda regardless of the route of travel.
“All travelers who may have been in India or travelled through India in the last 14 days regardless of route taken shall not be allowed into Uganda” said Aceng.
She added that all travelers arriving from India before suspension date regardless of the route of travel are expected to be in possession of a negative PCR COVID 19 test certificate that is digitally verifiable conducted within 120 hours from the time of sample removal.
They must also be ready to Undergo a mandatory PCR test upon arrival and all those who test positive shall undergo isolation at a government approved isolation center at their own cost.
The Minister also noted that those who test negative shall undergo self-quarantine under the supervision of MOH with mandatory re-testing between 5 to 10 days.
Minister Aceng however noted that Cargo flights where crew do not disembark, Technical stops where travelers do not disembark, Aircraft in a state of emergency, Operations related to humanitarian aid, medical evacuation and diplomatic flights approved by the Appropriate Authority and Nationals returning home after medical treatment in India are exempted from the suspension.
She added that travelers from USA, United Kingdom, United Arab Emirates, Turkey, South Africa, Ethiopia, South Sudan and Tanzania should consider postponing non-essential travel to Uganda.
“Any traveler from the above countries including Ugandan nationals will be subjected to a PCR COVID-19 test at the Points of Entry including Entebbe International Airport” she added.
Minister Aceng noted that individuals in Category 2 and 3 who have received their full COVID-19 vaccination and are asymptomatic will be allowed into the country without the need for testing on arrival.
Todate, the Government has vaccinated a cumulative number of 330,077 people with the AstraZeneca Vaccine.
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