Uganda Civil Aviation Authority boosts the 2021 Seniors Golf Tourney

  • At Uganda Golf Club, Kampala

The Uganda Seniors Golfing Society (USGS) and Uganda Civil Aviation Authority (UCCA) have a special unique bond.

It is a bond that was mended on earth and blessed in heaven.

For the 6th time in a row, UCCA has financially boosted the seniors golfing tournament with Shs. 8,000,000 package as announced at a press briefing on Tuesday, 14th December 2021 in Kampala.

Sam Onek, Uganda Seniors Golf Society chairman graced the launch, flanked by other executive members and UCAA manager of public relations, Vianney Luggya.

The 2021 edition will be held at the par 72 Uganda Golf Club (UGC), Kitante in Kampala on Saturday, 18th December.

Golf is one of the activities that will mark the 30th anniversary of the Uganda Civil Aviation Authority (UCAA) with the celebrations climaxing in January next year.

“This is one of the events that will highlight our 30th anniversary celebrations. We are glad to be partnering with the senior golfers for a sixth time in a row. We associate with this event because golfers, especially seniors are frequent flyers and users of our facilities in Entebbe. It was therefore deemed prudent to give back in form of Corporate Social Responsibility to these key stakeholders as we celebrate Aviation Week and 30 years of existence” Vianney Luggya, UCCA Public Relations manager.

Over the years, the seniors golfing tournament has been always held during the Aviation Week (1st to 7th December) in memory of a series of meetings that culminated into the signing of the famous Chicago Convention that led to the establishment of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), which oversees air transport across the globe. Uganda is one of the Contracting Member States of ICAO.

Incidentally, this year (during that time), the period was pre-occupied by the annual Uganda Golf Open series in Entebbe and as well the Kenya Day (Jamhuri Day) championship in Kampala.

Golfers above 55 years will compete in the main event with those below 55 years in the subsidiary event.

In 2020, amidst the Coronavirus pandemic lockdown, this championship was won by Fred “Oga” Kasumba.

Kasumba won on countback with a 72 nett score to claim the main prize from Caleb Kakuyo.

A new champion awaits to be crowned since Kasumba is committed elsewhere.

Adopted from: Kawowo Sports December 15, 2021

Supply of Two (2) Major Foam Tenders & Deployment of Self Check in Kiosks & Related Servicesa EIA

  1. Uganda Civil Aviation Authority (UCAA) is a Government statutory entity responsible for the promotion of the safe, secure and efficient development of Civil Aviation inside and outside Uganda.
  2. UCAA has published the following bids on the Electronic Government Procurement (EGP) and invites sealed bids for the works, supplies &services from eligible bidders as detailed below;
No.Reference noSubjectPre-bid meeting datesBid security  (UGX)Deadline for submission
1UCAA/SPLS/20-21/00152SUPPLY OF TWO (2) MAJOR FOAM TENDERS. Detailed Instructions to Bidders are also available on e-GP at https://www.egpuganda.go.ug  15/12/2021 Virtual. Bidders will be sent a link45,000,00014/12/2022
2UCAA/SPLS/20-21/00189DEPLOYMENT OF SELF CHECK IN KIOSKS & RELATED SERVICES AT EIA Detailed Instructions to Bidders are also available on e-GP at https://www.egpuganda.go.ug  8/12/2021 Entebbe International Airport15,000,00017/12/2021
  1. The bidding documents are available on EGP. Bidders who may wish to be assisted on EGP should visit; e-GP Support Office at Crested Towers, Level 5 Tall Tower, Ministry of Finance, Planning and Econimic Development

Tel: 0414707483 or email

  • The deadline for submission of bids shall be as indicated in the table above.

The Uganda Civil Aviation Authority is not bound to accept any bid.

DIRECTOR GENERAL

UGANDA CIVIL AVIATION AUTHORITY

A bridged Bid Notice Under Open Bidding on the Electronic Government Procurement System (E-GP)

Uganda Civil Aviation Authority (UCAA) invites sealed bids from eligible and competent bidders for the following procurements:  

NoREFERENCE NUMBERDESCRIPTION OF TENDERBID SECURITY (UGSHS)COST OF BIDMANDATORY PRE-BID MEETING PLACE AND DATEDATE FOR SUBMISSION CAN BE REVISED BY USE OF AN ADDENDUM
1UCAA/NCONS/2020-2021/00333Upgrade of Power Supply in the Main Substation To 8-10MVA Phase 2 (3.3/11KV Power Cable)  10,000,000  Ug.shs 100,000Thursday, 2nd December 2021 at 10:00 am Local Time  Friday, 17th December 2021 at 11:00am
2UCAA/WRKS/2020-2021/00013Design, Supply, Installation, Testing and Commissioning of A Crash And Fire Alarm System For EIA7,000,000Ug.shs 100,000Wednesday, 24th November 2021 at  10:00am Local TimeFriday, 17th December 2021 10:55am Local Time
3UCAA/NCONS/2020-2021/00324Provision of High-Speed Internet, Leased Lines and Mobile Data Under 2 Year Framework Contract Lot 1 – Provision high speed internet service Lot 2 – Provision Leased Line Data Services Lot 3 – Provision of Mobile Data Services1,600,000Ug.shs 100,000Not applicableFriday, 10.12.2021 at 11:00 am  
4UCAA/SPLS/2020-2021/00286Upgrade of On-Premises Microsoft Exchange Server 2019  4,000,000Ug.shs 100,000Not applicableFriday, 22nd December 2021 at 11:00am

2.Bidding documents shall be inspected and issued on www.egpuganda.go.ug

3. The detailed bid notices are also available on the above-mentioned website.

4. For further inquiries on how to access the e-GP system contact or +256414707483

MANAGEMENT

Expansion works at Entebbe International Airport at 75 per cent

What you need to know:

  • Most of the completed works, such as runways, taxiways, and parking aprons are already operational. The project also includes strengthening and expansion of Aircraft Parking Apron 1, which is at an 84.7 per cent completion level plus ongoing additional works and changes on the cargo building.

The China Communications Construction Company (CCCC), which is contracted to upgrade and expand the Entebbe International Airport, has revealed that the works will be completed by the end of 2022.

This was confirmed by the CCCC Human Resource Manager, Mr Sun Yongjie, during a media tour of the project works on Thursday.

“The project includes strengthening of Runway 17/30 and its associated taxiways which is complete. Strengthening of Runway 12/30 and its associated taxiways is complete as well. Rehabilitation of Aircraft parking Aprons 2 and 4 is complete, and the new cargo center complex is nearing completion among others,” he said.

Also completed are the new Cargo Centre’s Aircraft Parking Apron, the cargo centre’s landside, and airside access roads.

Most of the completed works, such as runways, taxiways, and parking aprons are already operational. The project also includes strengthening and expansion of Aircraft Parking Apron 1, which is at an 84.7 per cent completion level plus ongoing additional works and changes on the cargo building.

Mr Yongjie added that the overall level of completion is currently at 75 per cent mainly because work on the new passenger terminal is yet to commence and that the project had been partly affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.

“On completion of the new Cargo Centre with the capacity to handle 100,000 metric tonnes annually, cargo operations will be relocated from the current area to the new Cargo Centre so that the current cargo building is demolished to pave way for the construction of the new Passenger Terminal Building,” he said.

Modest renovations of Entebbe International Airport over the years have helped to keep it running, but the infrastructure has been overstretched as passenger traffic rose from 118,000 international passengers in 1991 to 1.98 million passengers in 2019, prior to Covid-19. In 2020, passenger traffic reduced to 565,541. The aviation industry is starting to pick up with October 2021 having registered the highest number of international passengers (100,455) since the resumption of commercial passenger operations.

Entebbe International Airport handled 64,731 metric tonnes of cargo in 2019 before Covid-19 and slightly dropped to 59,720 metric tonnes in 2020. The average for 2021 is a minimum of 5,000 metric tonnes per month, an indicator that higher figures are likely to be recorded by the end of 2021.

It is estimated that cargo transport through Entebbe airport will grow at a rate of 6.5% per year and continue to do so for the next 17 years.

According to the 20-year National Civil Aviation Master Plan, travel between Uganda and the rest of the world will grow rapidly over the next five years, requiring better infrastructure to make Entebbe the regional tourism and logistics hub.

The government mooted the idea of expanding the airport into a modern aviation hub as it sought to take advantage of fledgling tourism and export markets in Europe, the Middle East, and Asia.

By virtue of Entebbe’s location in the center of Africa, Entebbe was envisaged to attract carriers for refueling, while also attracting tourism and other satellite services.

Uganda subsequently acquired a concessional loan from EXIM Bank to the tune of US Dollars 200 million to expand, upgrade and modernize Entebbe International Airport.

According to the CCCC’s Assistant Human Resource Manager, Ms Florin Kiwalabye, the company employs about 1,000 people, many of whom are Ugandans.

Implementation of the first phase of the project commenced in May 2016. The project is expected to enable the airport to accommodate current and future air traffic demands. It is also envisaged to enhance the contribution of air transport to the Ugandan Economy through increased job creation, tax revenues, and boost tourism, trade, and other productive sectors.

Adopted from: The Daily Monitor November 19, 2021

Director Finance (CAA/ADV/EXT/07/2021)- Deadline 5:00pm, 19th November, 2021

Uganda Civil Aviation Authority (UCAA) is a corporate body responsible for the regulation of civil aviation in Uganda. It manages Entebbe International Airport (EIA) and Thirteen (13) other upcountry Aerodromes.
UCAA carries out its work in conformity with the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Standards and Recommended Practices (SARPs). The Authority now plans to recruit a suitably qualified Ugandan of impeccable integrity and commitment to fill the following position in its establishment as Director Finance

JOB PURPOSE:

To provide leadership in the financial management of the Authority by effective planning, budgeting,
accurate financial record keeping, optimizing revenues and providing accurate and timely financial
information and reports to Management and the Board.

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S23/21 COVID-19 Health Measures for Entebbe International Airport General (GEN)

The Government of the Republic of Uganda has issued the following directives effective November 5, 2021, until further notice on COVID-19 health measures at Entebbe International Airport.

  1. All arriving passengers at Entebbe International Airport will regardless of country of origin or vaccination status undergo mandatory COVID-19 testing.
  2. For convenience all arriving passengers at Entebbe International Airport will have their samples for COVID-19 taken and allowed to proceed to their homes or to their hotels for self-isolation until they receive their results.
  3. The test results will be sent to their phones/emails.
  4. The only exemptions are;
    i) Children below 6 years.
    ii) Airline crew with evidence of full COVID-19 vaccination.
  5. Passengers who test positive will be followed up by Ministry of Health Surveillance team.
  6. The treatment for passengers in (5) above will follow the Ministry of Health COVID-19 treatment guidelines.
  7. In case of a passenger who is detected on arrival with symptoms suggestive of COVID-19 infection, he/she will be isolated and taken to the Government treatment center.
  8. For smooth facilitation at Entebbe International Airport, all in bound passengers are mandatorily required to;
    i) fill in online Health Surveillance form https://arrivals.healthdesk.go.ug 24 hours before arrival.
    ii) pay USD 30 online https://covidpay.postbank.co.ug 24 hours before arrival.
  9. All arriving passengers are required to present to Airport Port Health COVID-19 negative PCR test certificate for a test taken within 72 hours from the time of sample collection.
  10. All departing passengers are required to present to Airport Port health COVID-19 negative PCR certificate for a test taken within 72 hours from the time of sample collection to boarding. They will abide by the health travel requirements of their destination country.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. To bring human remains in the country clearance MUST be obtained from Ministries of Health and Foreign Affairs.
    (AIP SUP 22/21 is hereby superseded)

Frequently Asked Questions and Procedures In Relation to the Mandatory COVID-19 Pcr Testing For all Incoming Passengers at Entebbe International Airport

In light of the global challenges occasioned by the COVID-19 pandemic and the risk of importing new variants from high-risk countries, the Government of Uganda is undertaking mandatory testing of all incoming passengers at Entebbe International Airport in order to reduce on the risk of further spread of the virus.

  1. What are the requirements for arriving passengers to Uganda?

Arriving passengers should hold a negative COVID-19 PCR test certificate issued within 72 hours from the time of sample collection to boarding aircraft leaving country of origin.

  1. What are the other requirements/arrival process for arriving passengers?
  • Before departure from the country of origin to Entebbe International Airport, passengers are required to fill in an online health form accessed on the link https://arrivals.healthdesk.go.ug.  Please also fill in the Post Bank online payment form (https://covidpay.postbank.co.ug) which enables you to pay the fee of 30 US dollars for the Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCT) Test to be conducted on arrival.  For those unable to pay online, there are other payment options on arrival detailed in 3 (below).
  • All passengers will be required to go through the recommended Port health procedure of identifying body temperature, symptoms and thereafter directed to a team of laboratory specialists to take a COVID-19 swab for testing. The arrival test only applies to those entering the country (transit passengers are exempted).
  • After taking their swab, passengers will be directed back to the terminal to go through the immigration process. From the arrival immigration counters, passengers will proceed to the conveyor belts to pick their respective baggage and then go through customs clearance processes, in case of any taxable items.
  • From the customs area, passengers will exit the terminal to an arranged passenger holding area to wait for their PCR test results, which shall be availed to them after about two hours and thirty minutes or less (This arrangement will only prevail until 4th November, 2021). Effective 5th November 2021, all arriving passengers at Entebbe International Airport will be allowed to go home after testing so that they self-isolate until their results are out. The positives would subsequently be tracked for further management according to the Ministry of Health Protocol on Covid-19.
  1. What are the various payment options?
  • Passengers that may not have paid for their testing fees online will have the opportunity to pay for their testing fees at the various Post Bank kiosks.
  • Passengers will be able to exchange currency and also have an option of paying for their testing fees using mobile money services, visa, credit cards or make cash payments at the various Post Bank Uganda kiosks.
  1. How will the PCR test results be passed on to passengers?
  • Results will be sent to passengers by SMS, WhatsApp or email.
  • There is a dedicated tourism desk to facilitate tourists.
  1. What is the cost of a PCR test undertaken on arrival?

30 US Dollars or equivalent.

  1. What are the COVID 19 PCR test requirements in relation to children?
  • Children below six (6) years will be exempted from the requirement for a negative PCR test certificate if they are accompanied by parents holding a negative COVID -19 PCR test certificate. They will also be exempted from the arrival test.
  1. How will passengers who test positive on arrival be handled?

Passengers who test positive on arrival will be provided psychosocial support and transferred to the gazetted public and private treatment facilities where they will be managed for 7 days and discharged following a negative PCR test. The treatment will be free in public hospitals. However, passengers who opt for private hospitals will meet their own costs.

In the case of arriving tourists, if they are asymptomatic or with mild disease, they will be managed in the designated tourist hotels. The tourists who may progress to severe disease will be transferred to hospitals of their choice.

  1. 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. In case the destination country’s PCR test time requirements defer, they take priority.
  •  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.
  • 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.
  • 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 waterproof 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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Mandatory COVID-19 test on all travellers

To keep everyone safe, Government of Uganda through the Ministry of Health (MoH) is running a compulsory COVID-19 test on all travellers above the age of 6 years entering Uganda. To hasten the facilitation process, upon arrival, all travellers MUST pre-register and pay a MANDATORY non-refundable fee of $30 (30 US Dollars) for the COVID-19 test.

Pre-Register Now!

 

S22/21 COVID-19 Health Measures for Entebbe International Airport- General (Gen)

The Government of the Republic of Uganda has issued the following directives effective October
27, 2021 until further notice on COVID-19 health measures at Entebbe International Airport.

  1. All arriving passengers at Entebbe International Airport will be subjected to COVID-19 test,
    regardless of country of origin or vaccination status.
  2. The only exemptions are;
    i. Children below 6 years
    ii. Airline crew with evidence of full COVID-19 vaccination.
  3. Passengers who test positive for COVID-19 on arrival will be provided psychological support
    and transferred to the gazetted public and private treatment facilities where they will be managed for 7 days and discharged on a negative PCR test.
  4. The treatment for passengers in (3) above will be free in the Public Hospitals. However, Passengers who opt for Private Hospitals will meet their costs.
  5. In the case of arriving tourists, if they are asymptomatic or with mild disease, they will be managed in the designated tourists Hotels.
  6. The tourists in (5) above who progress to severe disease will be transferred to the hospitals of
    their choice.
  7. Arriving passengers will pay USD 30 or the equivalent in Uganda Shillings for the COVID-19 PCR test.
  8. The Payments in (7) above may be done online or on arrival using Point Of Sales machines,
    mobile money or cash.
  9. 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 shall be allowed to enter or depart
    Uganda.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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 health travel requirements of the destination country.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. To bring human remains in the country clearance MUST be obtained from Ministries of
    Health and Foreign Affairs.
    (AIP SUP 21/21 is hereby replaced)
    -END-

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Govt to test incoming travellers for Covid-19

The testing fee for the incoming passengers is $30 (about Shs107,000).  

  • Dr Atek Kagirita, the deputy incident commander for Covid-19 and operations’ officer in-charge of Covid-19 testing at the airport, said they have oriented staff to equip them with airport operations, safety and security implications to safeguard them from the pandemic.

More than 200 staff from all agencies at Entebbe International Airport, who will be involved in testing of incoming travellers, have undergone orientation.

This follows the set up of a testing centre at the new departure lounge, which President Museveni is expected to inspect today, according to airport officials.

The testing fee for the incoming passengers is $30 (about Shs107,000).  
Dr Atek Kagirita, the deputy incident commander for Covid-19 and operations’ officer in-charge of Covid-19 testing at the airport, said they have oriented staff to equip them with airport operations, safety and security implications to safeguard them from the pandemic.

Mr Kenneth Otim, the principal public affairs officer, said Uganda Civil Aviation Authority (UCAA) has been working together with other partners such as the Ministry of Health, Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF) engineering brigade, National Planning Authority, Uganda Tourism Board, Ministry of Trade, Security and other agencies to ensure safety measures are observed. 

He said the UPDF engineering brigade set up the testing facility within one month.

Equipment
Mr. Otim added that the facility has testing equipment, data centre and Genprex machines, which can test between 25 and 50 samples.

“We are looking at a bigger number and National Information Technology Authority (NITA-U) has done a great work of giving us Internet connection to ensure that the system at the swabbing areas and the systems at the laboratory communicate, for verification of passenger records and also to know how much money has been paid for testing,” he added.

Passengers will go through the port health processes and later the swabbing area.

“We have got swab samples for tourists, VIPs and for ordinary passengers. When the passenger is swabbed, he is going to be directed through the exit of the terminal to where UCAA has arranged a holding place for all the passengers that would have taken their swabs. We expect the turnaround time for these swabbing until the time you get your PCR test results to be two and half hours,”  Mr Otim said.

He  added that passengers found to be negative will be allowed to go to their final destination while those  found positive, the Ministry of Health will deploy vehicles to transport them to Namboole stadium where they will be quarantined.

“We are using a wet run on the staff who are going to be operating these facilities and we will see whether it can take them two and half hours for results to be released to them.”

Adopted from: The Daily Monitor October 22, 2021