Government of Uganda has postponed mandatory covid-19 testing for incoming passengers for the next two weeks.
Initially, the mandatory covid-19 testing was meant to have kicked off today, 3rd September, however, thanks to the uproar from people that frequent travel, it has been postpone for two weeks.
This was confirmed by the Ministry of Health spokesperson, Emmanuel Ainebyoona as he said, “The mandatory testing of all incoming travellers at Entebbe International Airport and other points of entry has been postponed for 2 weeks, following an inter-ministerial committee meeting chaired by the Prime Minister.”
While the mandatory testing directive was passed, travellers were required to test even if they had results showing negative test results for the last 72 hours prior to the time they arrived in the country.
However, following the last week inter-ministerial meeting, a conclusion was drown that travellers will be subjected to a mandatory PCR testing at their cost especially if they fly in from India even if they have results verifying their status.
“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,” the ministry informed.
This information was welcomed with warm arms as one Amos Wekesa said, “Tourists were cancelling trips to Uganda and heading elsewhere .No one wants to be punished to spend his or her money.”