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Mandatory Covid Test For Travellers Coming To Uganda Halted

Mandatory Covid Test For Travellers Coming To Uganda Halted

Government has halted the mandatory Covid test for travellers coming into Uganda. They were supposed to kickstart this mandatory act today, 3rd September 2021.

However due to backlash from so many people, the government pushed this for another two weeks.

“The mandatory testing of all incoming travellers at Entebbe International Airport and other points of entry has been postponed for 2 weeks. This is following an inter-ministerial committee meeting chaired by the Prime Minister.The Ministry of Health spokesperson, Emmanuel Ainebyoona said on Thursday evening.

Meanwhile, after inter-ministerial meeting, they agreed that they will subject all travellers arriving from India to mandatory PCR testing. However they will meet the cost of the covid test.

“All incoming travelers from other category 2 countries which include: Kenya, Tanzania, UAE, Turkey, South Africa, Ethiopia, South Sudan and Tanzania will undergo mandatory PCR testing. However if one is fully vaccinated and asymptomatic, there is no need for testing on arrival.”

Uganda was losing tourists due to this measure and some of them had cancelled their travel plans. This must have been the cause of the postponment of the measure.

However, the country is anticipating the third wave roaming. Cases are raising and yet many people haven’t got the vaccine.

The only bad thing about this move is that if cases increase, it’s the citizens that will be at the worst place. Obviously, the country may have to go in another lockdown.

This is if a large number of people haven’t got the vaccine. The best thing to do as for now is to urge people to vaccinate against Covid.

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