Uganda denies the ban on the entry of travelers from Kenya, Tanzania

Travelers queue to buy bus tickets while adhering to social distancing measures to stop the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus in the Namirembe bus parking lot in Kampala on June 4, 2020, the first day of public transport reopening , To contain Uganda. – The President of Uganda, Yoweri Museveni, announced that it would lift the suspension of public transport, which has been closed since March 22, 2020. Except for limited goods and approved emergency flights, however, all borders remain closed. (Photo by Badru KATUMBA / AFP) (Photo by BADRU KATUMBA / AFP via Getty Images)

Uganda rejected speculation that the entry of travelers from certain countries, including its neighbors Kenya and Tanzania, has been banned as authorities step up measures to prevent a new wave of infections.

Travelers queue to buy bus tickets while adhering to social distancing measures to curb the spread of the coronavirus in the Namirembe bus parking lot in Kampala, Uganda. (Photo by BADRU KATUMBA / AFP via Getty Images)

The Ministry of Health issued a notice not prohibiting travelers from Category 2 countries from entering the country.

Travelers arriving in Uganda were divided into three groups – category one, two and three – depending on the presence and trend of the variant affected, the high transmission rate and the number of deaths recorded in the past three months.

Category 2 countries include: Kenya, Tanzania, Ethiopia, South Sudan, South Africa, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

Travelers and passenger flights from Category 1 countries that only consist of India were no longer allowed to enter the country from May 1.

The third category includes all travelers who do not belong to the countries listed.

“The Ministry of Health wants to make it clear that Uganda has not suspended / banned travelers from category two countries,” the statement said in part.

“However, all incoming travelers in this category will be subject to a mandatory PCR-COVID-19 test at their own expense of $ 65 at (entry point) including Entebbe International Airport,” he added.

This exam also applies to children who have to wait with their parents for the results to be published. If the child is found positive, they will be taken to an isolation center accompanied by their parents or guardians.

“Travelers have to wait in the source area for their results before they can continue their journey. The results are published in the same source area every four hours. “

The ministry indicated that travelers who have received their full COVID-19 vaccination and are asymptomatic will be allowed to enter the country without testing.

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