S21/21 COVID-19 HEALTH MEASURES FOR ENTEBBE INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
GENERAL (GEN) September 16, 2021

The Government of the Republic of Uganda has issued the following directives effective 16th September, 2021 until
further notice, on COVID-19 health measures at Entebbe International Airport:

  1. All travelers whose body temperature is NOT above 37.5°C (99.5°F), do not have a persistent cough, difficulty in
    breathing or other flu-like symptoms; have negative COVID-19 Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test certificate carried
    out within 72 hours from the time of sample collection shall be allowed to enter or depart Uganda in compliance with
    categorization in 3 below:
    i. Entebbe International Airport Port Health shall approve for arrival or departure a negative PCR COVID-19 test
    certificate undertaken within 72 hours from the time of sample collection. This excludes transit time at the terminal
    building.
    ii. For travelers presenting with COVID-19 signs and symptoms or other infectious disease will be subjected to secondary
    screening and will be taken for further management. If found to have an infectious disease, they will be taken for further
    management at the infectious disease hospital.
    iii.Travelers without a negative COVID-19 PCR test certificate undertaken within 72 hours from the time of sample
    collection will not be allowed into Uganda.
    iv.Travelers departing EIA are required to know, understand, and interpret COVID-19 requirements of the country they
    are travelling to.
    v.Travelers who have had COVID-19 vaccination and hold a certificate must still present a negative COVID-19 PCR test
    certificate taken within 72 hours from the time of sample collection to boarding aircraft. This is because the vaccine is not
    100% protective and it also takes several days/weeks to begin protection.
    vi.Individuals who test positive to COVID-19 test shall be treated according to the Ministry of Health protocol for
    COVID-
  2. All crew who want to enter Uganda shall have a valid negative COVID-19 PCR test after every 14 days.
    3.
    i. All arriving passengers from category 2 will be subjected to a COVID-19 PCR test on arrival in Uganda in addition
    to the negative COVID-19 PCR test certificate taken within 72 hours from the time of sample collection to first
    embarkation.
    ii. Affected countries include;
    a. Category 1- None
    c. Category 3 – All countries not in Category 2. These will not be subject to COVID-19 PCR test.
    b. Category 2- India, United States of America, United Kingdom, United Arab Emirates (UAE), Turkey, South
    Africa, Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania and South Sudan.
    iii. Individuals from Category 2 countries (except India) who have received full COVID-19 vaccination and have no signs
    of COVID-19 will be exempted from the PCR tests. Travelers from India shall be subjected to mandatory PCR testing
    upon arrival irrespective of vaccination status.
  3. A travelling child 3 years and below, accompanied by parents holding a negative COVID-19 PCR test is exempted from
    a negative COVID-19 PCR test certificate.
  4. Passengers travelling out of the country will be required to have a negative COVID-19 PCR test Certificate taken within
    72 hours from the time of sample collection. They will abide by the travel and health (including COVID-19) related
    requirements of the destination country.
  5. Passengers arriving in the curfew time, and/or from districts beyond Kampala with a valid air ticket and boarding Pass
    shall be allowed to proceed to their hotels and/or residences.
  6. Passengers departing in the curfew time, and or from districts beyond Kampala with a valid air ticket shall be allowed
    to proceed to their destination airport by presentation of the passenger ticket to the authorities as evidence of going to the
    airport.
  7. Drivers should have evidence that they have come from the airport (such as airport parking ticket or passenger ticket) to
    drop or pick up passengers.
  8. Air transportation of human remains into the country is allowed if the following conditions are fulfilled:
    i. Medical Certificate of Cause of Death;
    ii. Post-mortem report or Comprehensive Medical Report from the attending doctor/health facility;
    iii. Embalming certificate (including embalming certificate for death due to COVID-19);
    iv. Copy of passport/identification document of the deceased (The original passport/ travel document/ identification
    document to be presented to immigration authorities);
    v. Import license/ import authorization from the Director General of Health Services;
    vi. Appropriate packaging- wrapped in a waterproof body bag then placed in a zinc lined coffin and an outer metal or
    wooden box;
    vii. The document will be verified by port health and the casket on arrival shall be decontaminated by port health;
    viii.The burial of bodies of COVID-19 victims will be conducted following the existing procedures for scientific burials.
  9. To bring human remains in the country clearance MUST be received from Ministries of Health and Foreign Affairs.
  10. Violation of human remain transportation procedure herein will attract a penalty as equivalent to that stated in Uganda
    AIP and COVID-19 Standard Operating Procedures (Revised Edition)
    AIP SUP 18/21 is hereby superseded
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30 YEARS OF SUCCESS: Uganda Civil Aviation Authority milestones listed

It is 30 years this year since Uganda Civil Aviation Authority was established in 1991. At UCAA’s establishment in 1991, Entebbe International Airport handled 118,000 passengers and the figure rose to 1,980,000 in 2019, but reduced to 565, 541 in 2020 owing to the effected occasioned by the COVID -19 pandemic.

 In August 2021, Entebbe International Airport recorded 81,968 international passengers (33,941 arrivals, 37,419 departures and 10,608 transit) compared to 61,328 in July 2021, 75,472 passengers in June, 77,063 in May and 85,054 in April.

In relation to cargo, while the airport recorded 6,600 metric tonnes of cargo in 1991, 64,731 metric tonnes of cargo were recorded in 2019 prior to the outbreak of the COVID – 19 pandemic and 59,720 metric tonnes of cargo in 2020.

The newly done associated taxiways at Entebbe International Airport

In August 2021, Entebbe recorded 5,154 metric tonnes of cargo compared to 5,871 in July, 5148 in June, 5,329 in May, 5,725 in April, 5,977 in March, 4,766 in February and 4,911 metric tonnes in January 2021.

Over the years, UCAA has registered a number of milestones which include;

  • A VVIP facility was constructed in 2007 facility to facilitate Heads of State.
  • Rehabilitation of the VVIP Aircraft Parking Apron 2 and Aircraft Parking Apron 4 –Completed.
  • Construction of a new 100,000 tonnes Cargo center as part of the overall upgrade and expansion of Entebbe International Airport – Ongoing.
  • Ongoing construction of a Fuel Hydrant Line & Fuel Firm. The facility is fitted with the most advanced aviation fuel operation equipment and technology. On completion, the storage capacity will be 23 million liters. Initially, capacity will be enhanced from the current 7.5 million litres to 16.5 million litres.
  • Strengthening of Runway 17/35 and its associated Taxiways -Completed.
  • Strengthening and rehabilitation of Runway 12/30 – 98% complete.
  • Landside expansion of the Passenger Terminal building. Departure area already in use and soon people will have access to the departure road and drop-off passengers by the terminal access.
  • In terms of automation there was implementation of the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) project funded by the Republic of Korea with a grant of USD 9.5 million, and counterpart funded by UCAA. This, among others, ensured; Improvement of Air Traffic Management (ATM) Flight Procedures, Supply and Installation of Training Equipment and the Terminal Operations Control Centre.
  • The International Civil Aviation Organization Council President’s Certificate in aviation security following an outstanding performance in the Universal Security Audit Program with a score of 81.8% which was well above the global average of 73%.
  • UCAA is a pilot entity in the implementation of the new Electronic Government Procurement system (eGP). The Authority went live in November 2020.
  • Development of a 20-year National Civil Aviation Master Plan in 2014 covering the period up to 2033.
  • Acquired a new Air Traffic Control Radar in 2007 and upgraded it in 2017 to extend its life span by another 10 years.
  • Revival of a national airline following advise to Government from UCAA on its importance to air transport.
  • UCAA retained the ISO 9001:2008 Quality Management Systems Certification in 2021 from the United Kingdom Accreditation Service.
  • Uganda has to date concluded a total of 47 Bilateral Air Service Agreements with various countries, 25 of which are operational

Adopted from: The Local.ug on September 15, 2021

Entebbe records increased passenger numbers

Entebbe records increased passenger numbers. Uganda Civil Aviation Authority– UCAA says passenger numbers at Entebbe International Airport increased by 34 percent from 61,328 travelers in July to 81,986 passengers in August.

The increase is linked to the rising number of migrant workers traveling to the Middle East, the easing of travel restrictions led by the United Arab Emirates-UAE. Last month, Uganda lifted the ban on flights from India while UAE lifted the ban on flights from Uganda in mid-August for resident permit holders.

Vianney Luggya, the UCAA spokesman says that of the 81,968 passengers who passed through Entebbe Airport in August, the majority were departing or in transit. He says 37,415 people departed, 10,608 were in transit and the remaining 33,941 were arrivals.

Entebbe Airport resumed commercial flight operations last October. Since then, the passenger numbers have been fluctuating from month to month due to easing or imposition of global travel restrictions.

UCAA figures show that passenger numbers grew from 42,633 in October 2020 to over 50,000  in the first four months of 2021.  In October, 23,867 of the passengers were arrivals, 15,461 were departing and 3,305 were in transit.

However, the passenger numbers spiked from  53,494 in January, 5,988 in February, 76,233 in March, and  85,054  in April.

The April figures excited the sector players since they surpassed those for February. However, the excitement dropped in May until July because Uganda detected the Delta variant and instituted extra measures such as banning flights from India and re-testing travelers from nine other countries including Kenya, South Africa, Tanzania, and South Sudan.  

Uganda also instituted a nationwide lockdown in June. However, the airport remained open. But passenger numbers dropped because UAE, UK, and Canada banned flights from Uganda in June while airlines such as Rwanda Air suspended flights due to the surging number of COVID-19 cases in Uganda.

The passenger numbers as a result of the measures dropped in May from 77,063 travelers to 75,472 passengers in June. The airport however recorded the lowest number of travelers in July, with 61,328 passengers.

The daily average of passengers thereby reduced to 1,978 compared to 5,412 passengers before the COVID-19 pandemic outbreak in Uganda.

Though Uganda is still on the UK red list, with the easing of travel restrictions elsewhere, the passenger numbers have increased over the last four weeks.

Richard Mujjuzi, a travel agent and former chairman of Ugandan Association of Travel Agents-TUGATA, says that most people are traveling for work, business, and medical care.

He adds that few tourists are traveling because of restrictions. “For instance, many people are struggling to get fully vaccinated to travel to Canada that lifted Uganda’s travel ban on September 7 and also the inconvenience of taking two COVID-19 tests for those going to UAE.”

Mujjuzi is however optimistic that the aviation industry could record a 40 percent recovery rate by end of the year if more countries open up and also if more people travel for say the Dubai Expo that will run from October 2020 to January 2021.

“Otherwise, the increase in passenger numbers is currently driven by recruitment of migrant workers,” says Mujjuzi.

Mujjuzi however says levying each departing passenger 10 US Dollars, as approved by parliament to boost aviation revenue,  and mandatory testing for all arriving passengers could discourage non-essential travel. The government is expected to pronounce itself on both proposed measures and whether or not they will be implemented at the airport. 

Ronald Mukundane, the spokesperson of Uganda Association of External Recruitment Agencies (UAERA) says  13,000 migrant workers left the country in August, up from a monthly average of 9,000. The workers were destined for mainly Saudi Arabia, Jordan, and Oman.

Mukundane however says labor companies are still struggling to get UAE visas for migrant workers. “So we expect workers to start traveling to Dubai next month.”

He says the companies are now negotiating with Uganda Airlines, operating Dubai flights starting October, to secure air tickets.

Dubai is one of the top four routes from Entebbe International Airport, with an average of 16 flights a week.

Irene Nalujja is among the several passengers who are delighted about UAE lifting the travel ban and hopes to fly back to Dubai in November. She however wants the government to reduce the turnaround time to less than two hours and the cost of re-testing arriving passengers from 65 US Dollars to 50 US Dollars.

Adopted from: Graha Details.com September 13, 2021

Gov’t suspends mandatory Covid-19 testing for all arriving passengers at the airport

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | The government has postponed mandatory testing for all incoming passengers at Entebbe International Airport.

Last month, the Ministry of Health directed that effective September 3, all incoming passengers regardless of whether or not they are vaccinated against Covid-19 will undertake mandatory testing at Entebbe Airport.

Ministry of health officials led by Minister Dr Ruth Aceng were expected to inspect the airport and testing centre on Thursday to assess the readiness of port health service providers in conducting the mandatory tests.

However, Emmanuel Ainebyoona, the Ministry of Health spokesperson says the inter-ministerial committee resolved that the directive is postponed for two weeks. He says that the committee will visit the airport to assess the preparedness.

Laboratories have also been given extra time to prepare and set up machines at Peniel Beach, where the testing will be conducted

Since May, only passengers from ten countries that include India, Kenya, Tanzania, South Africa, the United Arab Emirates among others were subjected to mandatory testing if they are not fully vaccinated.

The health ministry had approved Test and Fly and Safari Lab to test arriving passengers at  Peniel Beach gardens, almost two kilometres away from the airport.

Each passenger who is eligible for the test must pay 65 US Dollars (about shillings 250,000) from the arrivals section.

They also exit through a sealed path to ensure they do not mix up with the general public. They are thereafter asked to board buses from the parking lot, under the strict surveillance of both health workers and security officers. The buses then take the passengers to the testing centre.

With a daily average of 1,100 incoming passengers at the airport, sources say the ministry of health wants laboratories to release results in less than two hours to avoid congestion at the testing centre.

Ainebyoona says some of the over 20 laboratories that have been accredited have asked to set up laboratories at the testing centre.

Some of the laboratories include MAIA Group Labs, City Medicals, Same Day Lab, MBN Laboratory and Case Hospital.

Adopted from: The Independent September 3, 2021

Update on the COVID-19 response and vaccination in the Country -September 2, 2021

Highlights of the Health sector weekly press briefing held at Uganda Media Centre
TIME: 11:00Am Date 2nd September, 2021
Update on the COVID-19 response and vaccination in the Country

Today, the Ministry of Health spokesperson was accompanied by his counterparts from the Ministry of Education and Sports, Kampala Capital Authority (KCCA) and National Drug Authority (NDA) to communicate on arising issues on the COVID-19 response and the ongoing vaccination.

The Ministry of Health updated the general public on both the COVID-19 Response and Vaccination exercise in the Country as highlighted below;
As of 31st of August, the Ministry of Health had registered 120, 208 COVID-19 cases cumulatively since March 2020, out of which 95,590 recoveries have been registered and 3031 people have succumbed due to COVID-19.

The Ministry is currently monitoring an increase in COVID-19 transmission in some parts of the country like Teso Sub-region in the districts of Soroti, Serere, Ngora, Serere, Kumi and Bukedea. Other parts of the country registering an increase in COVID-19 are the districts of Rubanda, Kabale, Koboko, Obongi, Rukiga, among others. The Ministry of Health working with partners has already deployed a surge team to support the districts in containing the building clusters.

Similarly, there is a WhatsApp message making rounds claiming that the country has already entered the third wave, a claim that is not true. We continue to observe a decline in the number of cases. The circulating WhatApp message claims that Mulago National Referral Hospital is full to capacity, which is not true. Mulago Hospital has in the past week been having an average of 24 patients admitted and receiving COVID-19 treatment. As of 31st August, active admissions in both public and private health facilities stood at 449 patients, out of which 26 cases were admitted with private facilities.


Genomic Surveillance and Variant Strains
The Uganda Virus Research Institute has been undertaking genomic surveillance to understand the variant strains behind the COVID-19 cases in Uganda. The Ministry has also been screening travelers arriving through Entebbe International Airport. Between 12th May and 8th August, 318 travelers were found positive.

For instance, 96 samples were sequenced through UVRI, out of which 13 samples yielded sufficient PCR products for sequencing. All yielded the Delta variant which mirrors the picture across the globe.

Testing at Entebbe International Airport and points of entry
An inter-ministerial committee convened by the Prime Minister has today postponed for two weeks an earlier recommendation by the Ministry of Health of testing all arriving travelers at Entebbe International Airport and others points of entry, pending a visit to the airport and testing site by the inter-ministerial committee led by the Prime Minister. This means that the Ministry will not implement this new measure aimed at testing all in-coming travelers on 3rd September as earlier communicated. The status quo remains.

Update on Vaccination
As of 31st August, a total of 1,376,986 people had received their COVID-19 vaccines. Out of this, 977,889 received their 1st dose, and 399,097 people received the second dose. More details on the vaccination of priority groups will be provided following the data capture process.
Adherence to Standard Operation Procedures (SOPs) and COVID-19 preventive measures

The Ministry of Health has noted that some members of the public are flouting the various measures instituted to control the spread of COVID-19. For example, some hangouts (bars and nightclubs) which are still closed under the statutory instrument by the Minister of Health are operating illegally and thus putting lives of people at a risk of contracting the virus.
We appeal to the general population to take individual responsibility by observing the various COVID-19 preventive measures.
Prepared by

Mr. Emmanuel Ainebyoona
Senior Public Relations Officer
For further Information, contact Emmanuel Ainebyoona– Senior Public Relations Officer on +256779220588 or or toll free line 0800100066
www.health.go.ug

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS IN RELATION TO COVID-19 STANDARD OPERATING PROCEDURES AT ENTEBBE INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

All travelers whose body temperature is NOT above 37.5°C (99.5°F), do not have persistent cough, difficulty in breathing, or other flu – like symptoms, and have a negative COVID -19 Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test certificate issued within 72 hours from the time of sample collection to boarding aircraft shall be allowed to enter or depart Uganda in compliance with the following:

1. When should passengers to Uganda undertake the COVID-19 PCR test?

  • Arriving passengers should have a negative COVID-19 PCR test certificate issued within 72 hours from the time of sample collection to boarding aircraft leaving country of origin. This excludes transit time within the terminal building. Travelers who have had COVID-19 vaccination and hold a vaccination certificate must still present a negative COVID-19 PCR test certificate.

2. What are the other requirements for arriving passengers?

  • Passengers without a negative COVID-19 PCR test Certificate undertaken within 72 hours from the time of sample collection to boarding aircraft leaving country of origin will not be allowed into Uganda.
  • Travelers from India, which has been now been removed from Category 1 and placed in Category 2 will be required to come with results of a negative PCR test done 72 hours prior to travel and will be subjected to a mandatory PCR test at their own cost upon arrival in the country irrespective of the vaccination status.
  • All other arriving passengers from Category 2 countries will be subjected to a COVID -19 PCR test on arrival in Uganda in addition to the negative test undertaken from their country of origin. However, individuals from Category 2 countries (except India) who have received full COVID-19 vaccination and have no signs of COVID-19 will be exempted from the arrival PCR tests.
  • Soon, all arriving passengers (including children) irrespective of vaccination status or country of origin will be required to undertake a mandatory PCR test on arrival at their own cost at all points of entry, including Entebbe International Airport. The commencement date for this arrangement will be announced.
  • Individuals who test positive to COVID-19 shall be treated according to the Ministry of Health protocol for COVID-19.

3. Which countries fall in Category 2?

  • Category 2 countries include India, United States of America (USA), United Kingdom (UK), United Arab Emirates (UAE), Turkey, South Africa, Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania and South Sudan.
  • Category 3 – All countries not in Category 2. These will not be subject to a PCR test on arrival.

4. What is the cost of a PCR test undertaken on arrival?

65 US Dollars or equivalent.

5. What are the requirements for departing passengers?

  • Passengers departing Uganda through Entebbe International Airport (EIA) must have an authentic negative COVID-19 PCR test certificate issued within 72 hours from the time of sample collection to boarding aircraft.
  • All COVID-19 PCR test certificates for departing passengers MUST indicate TRAVEL as the intended purpose of test.
  • Passengers departing EIA are required to know, understand, and interpret COVID-19 requirements of the country they are travelling to.

6. How do passengers overcome curfew restrictions while in Uganda?

Passengers departing in curfew time with a valid air ticket shall be allowed to proceed to their destination airport by presentation of the passenger ticket to the authorities as evidence of going to the airport. Similarly, arriving passengers can present their passenger ticket or boarding pass as evidence of travel from the airport. Branded Airport taxis are also available from the airport.

7. What are the COVID 19 PCR test requirements in relation to children?

Currently, children of three (3) years and below are exempted from the requirement for a negative PCR test certificate as long as they are accompanied by parents holding a negative COVID -19 PCR test certificate.

8. What are the requirements for air transportation of human remains into the country?

The following conditions should be fulfilled:

  • Medical certificate of cause of death
  • Post-mortem report or Comprehensive Medical Report from the attending doctor/health facility
  • Embalming certificate (including embalming certificate for death due to COVID-19)
  • Copy of passport/identification document of the deceased (The original passport/travel document/identification document to be presented to immigration authorities)
  • Import license/import authorization from the Director General of Health Services
  • Appropriate packaging – wrapped in a water proof body bag then placed in a zinc lined coffin and outer metal or wooden box
  • The documents will be verified by Port Health and the casket shall be decontaminated by Port Health on arrival
  • The burial of bodies of COVID-19 victims will be conducted following the existing procedure for scientific burials.

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CAA approves two Uganda Airlines’ airbuses

The Civil Aviation Authority has approved the two A330-800 Neo Airbuses and included them on Uganda Airlines’ Air Operators Certificate (AOC).

The Airbuses arrived last December and January this year, but they remained grounded pending CAA’s approval. 

Uganda Airlines made the announcement on their Twitte handler, saying: “Hooray! The wait is over! Uganda Airlines’ big cranes, the Airbuses, have been added to our Air Operator’s Certificate (AOC) and will soon be set to fly long haul. Welcome to a new world of greater connectivity.”

The approval process takes five phases including pre-application, application, and document evaluation, demonstration of the approved documents and inclusion of the aircraft on the existing Air Operator’s Certificate.

Early this month, the airline’s Acting Chief Executive Officer Jenifer Bamuturaki noted that they were in the third phase of the approval process. She was however optimistic that the airbuses would be approved by end of August.

As part of the approval process, the airbuses made demonstration flights. On August 12, one of the Airbuses made a demonstration flight to O.R. Tambo International Airport in South Africa.ADVERTISEMENT

The development is a boost to the airline since it plans to start flying long-haul commercial routes to places like Dubai next month.

Uganda Airlines had initially planned to start flying to Dubai on July 16, 2021, but postponed the launch because CAA had not approved the two A330-800 Neo Airbuses.

The flights were also delayed because of the suspension of flights by UAE to Uganda to combat the spread of COVID-19. The country was battling the second wave of the pandemic.  But some media reports also showed that UAE made the decision after over 200 Ugandans who presented negative COVID-19 test results tested positive upon arrival in UAE.

However, on August 5, 2021, UAE started allowing flights from Uganda for people with valid resident entry permits.

The airline is targeting migrant workers who travel to the Middle East and businesspeople among others on the Dubai route. Between 200 and 300 migrant workers leave the country daily for work in Saudi Arabia, Oman, and other gulf countries every day.

 Mr Ronnie Mukundane, the Spokesperson of Uganda Association of External Recruitment Agencies (UERA), said air ticket prices will be more competitive once Uganda Airlines commences Dubai flights.

FlyDubai and Emirates are the only airlines that currently ply the Dubai route because UAE requires passengers from Uganda to present two negative PCR COVID-19 test certificates.  The first negative test result certificate must be issued within 48 hours of departure time. The second one must be taken at the airport and the test result certificate issued four hours before departure.

However, Uganda Airlines hopes to attract more clients on the Dubai route and other routes by offering affordable prices and excellent services.

Uganda Airlines hopes to also commence London flights in November this year. The airline had expected to operate its first London flight in September but has postponed the launch because the UK also red-listed Uganda in June over surging COVID-19 cases.

Mr Bamuturaki says the airline plans to launch other regional and international routes such as Mumbai, Guangzhou, Lagos, and Kisangani by 2023.

Meanwhile, Uganda Airlines will mark two years since its services were revived on August 29. The airline re-launched flights 18 years after it had been liquidated in 2001. It was first launched in 1976 by the then President Idi Amin.

During its first year of resumption, the airline carried over 75,000 passengers in its four CRJ 900 Bombadier air crafts that ply regional routes namely Nairobi, Dar es Salaam and Juba.

When the Airbuses were added to its fleet, President Yoweri Museveni said the revived airline will support Uganda’s economic growth by facilitating transport and tourism.

He added that it will be “a major boost if the $400 million Ugandans spend annually on air travel comes to our own airline.”

Before the outbreak of COVID-19, Uganda used to receive approximately 1.6 million tourists every year, with earnings of over $1.5 billion annually.

However, the board of directors and top managers of the airline were suspended three months ago on allegations of corruption and mismanagement.

Adopted from: The Daily Monitor Friday August 20, 2021

S16/21 COVID-19 HEALTH MEASURES FOR ENTEBBE INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT GENERAL (GEN)

The Government of the Republic of Uganda has issued the following directives effective August 13th 2021 until further notice, on COVID-19 health measures at Entebbe International Airport.

  1. All travelers whose body temperature is NOT above 37.5° C (99.5°F), do not have a persistent cough, difficulty in breathing or other flu-like symptoms; have negative COVID-19 Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test certificate carried out within 72 hours from the time of sample collection shall be allowed to enter or depart Uganda in compliance with categorization in item number 3 below:
    i. Entebbe International Airport Port Health shall approve for arrival or departure a negative COVID-19 PCR test certificate undertaken within 72 hours from the time of sample collection. This excludes transit time at the terminal building.
    ii. For travelers presenting with COVID-19 signs and symptoms or other infectious disease will be subjected to secondary screening and will be taken for further management. If found to have an infectious disease, they will be taken for further
    management at the infectious disease hospital.
    iii. Travelers without a negative COVID-19 PCR test certificate undertaken within 72 hours from time of sample collection will not be allowed into Uganda.
    iv. Travelers departing EIA are required to know, understand, and interpret COVID-19 requirements of the country they are traveling to.
    v. Travellers who have had COVID-19 vaccination and hold certificate must still present a negative COVID-19 PCR test certificate taken within 72 hours from the time of sample collection to boarding aircraft. This is because the vaccine is not
    100% protective and it also takes several days/weeks to begin protection.
    vi. Individuals who test positive to COVID-19 test shall be treated according to the Ministry of Health protocol for COVID-19.
  2. All crew who want to enter Uganda shall have a valid negative COVID-19 PCR test after every 14 days.
  3. i) All arriving passengers from category 1 & 2 will be subjected to a COVID-19 PCR test on arrival in Uganda in addition to the negative COVID-19 PCR test certificate taken within 72 hours from the time of sample collection to first embarkation.
    ii) Affected countries include.
    a. Category 1 – India (only returning Nationals holding Ugandan passports or Resident Permits). Non- Ugandans from Category 1 will be allowed in if they will have spent 28 days in a quarantine center in a category 3 country. On arrival
    in Uganda, they will be subjected to a COVID-19 PCR test at their own cost.
    b. Category 2 – United States of America, United Kingdom, United Arab Emirates (UAE), Turkey, South Africa, South Sudan, Ethiopia, Kenya, and Tanzania.
    c. Category 3 – All countries not in Categories 1 & 2. These will not be subject to COVID-19 PCR test.
    REPUBLIC OF UGANDA
    UGANDA CIVIL AVIATION AUTHORITY AERONAUTICAL INFORMATION SERVICE
    P.O. BOX 5536 KAMPALA, UGANDA
    Form No.: CAA/DANS/AIM/OF/22
    AIP
    Supplement 16
    13 AUG 2021
    Tel: 256-312-352534/2503 Fax: 256-414-320964 Telex: 61508 CAA UG
    AFS: HUENYAYX
    E-mail:
    Web: https://aim.caa.co.ug
    iii) Individuals from Category 2 countries who have received full COVID-19 vaccination and have no signs of COVID-19 will be exempted from the PCR tests.
  4. A travelling child 3 years and below, accompanied by parents holding a negative COVID-19 PCR test is exempted from a negative COVID-19 PCR test certificate.
  5. Passengers travelling out of the country, will be required to have negative COVID-19 PCR test Certificate taken within 72 hours from the time of sample collection. They will abide by the travel and health (including COVID-19) related requirements of the destination country.
  6. Passengers arriving in the curfew time, and/or from districts beyond Kampala with a valid Air Ticket and Boarding Pass shall be allowed to proceed to their hotels and/or residences.
  7. Passengers departing in the curfew time, and/or from districts beyond Kampala with a valid air ticket shall be allowed to proceed to their destination airport by presentation of the passenger ticket to the authorities as evidence of going to the airport.
  8. Drivers should have evidence that they have come from the Airport (such as Airport parking ticket or passenger ticket) to drop or pick-up passengers.
  9. Air transportation of human remains into the country is allowed if the following conditions are fulfilled:
    i. Medical Certificate of Cause of death.
    ii. Post-mortem report or Comprehensive Medical Report from the attending doctor/health facility.
    iii. Embalming certificate (including embalming certificate for death due to COVID-19);
    iv. Copy of passport/identification document of the deceased (The original passport /travel document/identification document to be presented to immigration authorities);
    v. Import license/import authorization from the Director General of Health Services.
    vi. Appropriate packaging – wrapped in a waterproof body bag then placed in a zinc lined coffin and an outer metal or wooden box.
    vii. The document will be verified by port health and the casket on arrival shall be decontaminated by port health.
    viii. the burial of bodies of COVID-19 victims will be conducted following the existing procedures for scientific burials.
  10. To bring human remains in the country clearance MUST be obtained from Ministries of Health and Foreign Affairs.

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Framework contract for Supply of Office Drinking Water for a period of three years (CAA/SUPLS/20-21/00205)

Uganda Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) is a Government statutory Entity responsible for the promotion of the safe, secure and efficient development of Civil Aviation inside and outside Uganda.

The Uganda Civil Aviation Authority owns and operates Entebbe International Airport and 13 domestic Aerodromes, five of which are designated as entry and exit points to boost tourism and regional trade across the borders.

UCAA invites sealed bids from eligible bidders for the following projects:

N0.Reference NumberDescription of Tender
1CAA/SUPLS/20-21/00205  Framework contract for Supply of Office Drinking Water for a period of three years

1.   Bidding will be conducted in accordance with the open domestic bidding procedures contained in the Public Procurement and Disposal of Public Assets Act, 2014, and is open to all bidders from eligible source countries.

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RETENDER OF SUPPLY, INSTALLATION AND COMMISSIONING OF GPS NTP MASTER CLOCKS FOR AMHS REMOTE STATIONS (CAA/WORKS/20-21/00040)

  Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) is a government statutory entity responsible for the promotion of the      safe, secure and efficient development of Civil Aviation inside and outside Uganda.

  1. The Authority has allocated funds to be used for Retender of Supply, Installation and Commissioning of GPS NTP master clocks for AMHS remote stations.
  2. CAA invites sealed bids from eligible, competent and reputable firms to supply the above system.

            Bidding will be conducted in accordance with the open international bidding procedures contained in the Public Procurement and Disposal of Public Assets Act, 2003, and are open to all bidders from eligible source countries

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