• October 28, 2021
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Travellers stranded at entebbe airport over mandatory Covid-19 testing

Travellers stranded at entebbe airport over mandatory Covid-19 testing

Travellers arriving at Entebbe airport are disappointed with the poor standards at the COVID-19 testing facilities saying they could instead turn out as super-spreaders of the virus.

The government last week undertook mandatory testing of all incoming passengers at Entebbe International Airport and all ports of entry to prevent a third wave of COVID-19 in Uganda.

All arriving passengers (including children above 6 years) irrespective of vaccination status or country of origin, are required to undertake a mandatory COVID-19 PCR test on arrival at the Airport.

This is in addition to the negative PCR test certificate required to have been obtained within 72 hours prior to departure from the country of origin.

However, the manner in which the testing process is being conducted has caused an uproar. There are fears the chaos at the airport could scare away potential tourists. Uganda earns close to $2bn in tourism revenues annually. 

On arrival at the airport, travelers go through the usual immigration procedures. 

From the customs area, passengers exit the terminal to an arranged passenger holding area to wait for their PCR test results.

Passengers have to wait in the holding area for their names to be announced on a microphone.
The passengers go towards the source of noise hence gathering and crowding which could result into the spread.

The Civil Aviation Authority says results are supposed to be availed to travelers after about two hours and thirty minutes or less. 

However, some passengers have had to wait for over three hours to get their results. 
These measures are enforced by military police personnel.

Passengers have to wait in the holding area for their names to be announced on a microphone.
The passengers go towards the source of noise hence gathering and crowding. 

The Ministry of Health spokesperson Emmanuel Ainebyoona said they were working around the clock to address the delays in the testing processes at the Entebbe International Airport.

“The mandatory COVID-19 testing for all in-coming travelers started today morning. We welcome all the feedback and challenges are being fixed,” he added.

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