Uganda Bans Passenger Flights from India over Deadly COVID-19 Variant

"No travelers from India shall be allowed into Uganda regardless of the route of travel," said Aceng.

Government of Uganda has on Friday announced that all passenger flights between Uganda and India have been suspended as a control measure against a deadly new COVID-19 variant.

Ruth Aceng, The Minister of Health told reporters in Friday’s press briefing that all passengers and passenger flights originating from India, as of May 1, midnight are suspended until further notice.

“No travelers from India shall be allowed into Uganda regardless of the route of travel after 23.59 hours on May 1, the Ministry of Health announced today,” part of the statement released by Aceng reads.

“All travelers who may have been in India or traveled through India in the last 14 days regardless of the route taken shall not be allowed into Uganda,” she added.

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The minister said all travelers arriving from India before the suspension date regardless of the route of travel will be expected to be in possession of a negative PCR COVID-19 test certificate, which is digitally verifiable and conducted within 120 hours from the time of sample removal.

She said travelers from category two countries which are United States of America, United Kingdom, United Arab Emirates, Turkey, South Africa, Ethiopia, South Sudan and Tanzania will be subjected to a PCR COVID-19 test at the points of entry.

Aceng said individuals from those countries who have received their full COVID-19 vaccination and are asymptomatic will be allowed into the east African country without the need for testing on arrival. Enditem

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