- September 3, 2021
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Ministry of health halts mandatory Covid testing for travelers coming to Uganda
The ministry of health has halted the mandatory Covid test for travellers coming into Uganda.
According to the ministry of health, the process was supposed to kickstart this mandatory act today, 3rd September 2021bu has been stopped due to backlash forcing the government to postpone the process 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 in a tweet on Thursday evening.
During the 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 travellers from another 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,” he said
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 postponement of the measure. However, the country is anticipating the third wave of roaming. Cases are rising and yet many people haven’t got the vaccine.