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  • Evans Balikudollar

What it takes to travel out of Uganda.

According to the SOPs (Standard Operating Procedures), all the departing passengers will be required to present authentic and valid Covid-19 PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction) test certificates issued 120 hours before travel.

“Passengers and airport users will be subjected to temperature screening on entry to the airport and departure hall,” the notice reads.

In special circumstances where passengers are not required to present negative Covid-19 PCR test certificate in the country of destination. Such passengers should ensure they get clearance from the destination country so as to be allowed to board.

According to the Standard Operating Procedures, passengers will be expected to wear face masks but also maintain 1.5 meters apart from each other within the terminal.

The Civil Aviation Authority says that only passengers and airport users with official business in the terminal will be allowed access to the airport.

Passengers are advised to arrive at the airport at four hours before the scheduled flight.

For arriving passengers are expected to have authentic negative PCR covid-19 results from an accredited laboratory in the country of origin issued 72 hours before boarding the aircraft to Uganda.

Airlines shall not board any passenger coming to Uganda without a negative Covid-19 PCR test and an arriving passenger without the negative PCR Covid-19 test shall be denied entry and the airline shall be obliged to take back the passenger, CAA says.

Civil Aviation Authority says that in the unlikely event a returning Ugandan arrives without a negative PCR Covid-19 result, they will be allowed into the country but shall have the test done at their cost of $64 approximately shs240000 and quarantined at their own cost until the results are out.

Adapted from Nile Post.

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