Resumption of International Air Travel

This AIC A49/20 is promulgated for information, guidance and necessary action.
Following the suspension of all scheduled and non-scheduled passenger flights in and out of Entebbe due to COVID-19 pandemic, the Government of the Republic of Uganda has given the following directives regarding resumption of international flights, effective 8 December 2020.
1. All arriving passengers on international flights 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 PCR based COVID – 19 test carried out within 120 hours before travel shall be exempt from quarantine.
i. For passengers presenting with symptoms at the Airport without a test result, a sample will be collected upon arrival and the individual is required to quarantine at his/her cost until the result is returned. The sample will be tested at the individual’s cost.
ii. Testing of any of the recent travellers will be symptom based, in the event that they develop symptoms consistent with COVID-19.
iii. Contacts to recent travellers that develop symptoms consistent with COVID-19 will be advised to self-quarantine for 14 days and tested if symptomatic. The contacts that are in the high risk category will be prioritised for testing to ensure early diagnosis and management.
iv. The most vulnerable individuals will be prioritised for tracking, testing and care if infected.
v. Self-isolation and self-management, under well-defined Standard Operating Procedures and clear referral pathways will be instituted for the asymptomatic non-high risk individuals.
vi. Health facility-based isolation and care will be preserved for the moderately, severely and critically ill case-patients.
vii. Consideration will be made for auxiliary non-health facility based isolation and management of mild cases especially among the high risk categories.

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