The Government of the Republic of Uganda has issued the following directives effective 3rd July 2021 till 31st July 2021, on COVID-19 health measures at Entebbe International Airport:
- 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. All COVID-19 PCR certificates for departing travelers MUST indicate TRAVEL as the intended purpose of test;
ii. 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;
iii. Travelers enroute to EIA must have had a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken 72 hours from the time of sample collection and hold a certificate without which he/she will not be allowed to enter Uganda;
iv. 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;
v. 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;
vi. Travelers departing EIA are required to know, understand, and interpret COVID-19 requirements of the country they are travelling to;
vii. Travelers who have had COVID-19 vaccination and hold a certificate must still present a negative COVID-19 PCR test certificate 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;
viii. Individuals who test positive to COVID-19 test shall be treated according to the Ministry of Health protocol for COVID- 19;
- i. All crew that are fully vaccinated for COVID-19 will have a free entry and exit through Entebbe International Airport (unless if they have any signs and symptoms of COVID-19 or other infectious disease)
ii. Crew who are not fully vaccinated for COVID-19 will have to present a negative PCR test undertaken within 30 days.
- All arriving passengers from category 1 & 2 will be subjected to a PCR COVID-19 test on arrival in Uganda in addition to the negative PCR test undertaken from their country of origin.
i. Affected countries include.
a. Category 1- India (only returning Ugandans holding Ugandan passports). 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 PCR test at their own cost.
b. Category 2- United States of America, United Kingdom, United Arab Emirates (UAE), Turkey, South Africa, Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, and South Sudan.
c. Category 3 – All countries not in Categories 1 & 2. These will not be subject to PCR test.
ii. 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.
- A travelling child 3 years and below, accompanied by parents holding a negative COVID-19 PCR test is exempted from negative PCR test certificate
- Passengers travelling out of the country will be required to have an Authentic Valid Negative PCR test Certificate and abide by the travel, health and COVID-19 related requirements of the Destination Country.
- 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.
- Passengers departing in 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.
- 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.
- Air transportation of human remains into the country is allowed if the following conditions are fulfilled:
a) Medical Certificate of Cause of Death;
b) Post-mortem report or Comprehensive Medical Report from the attending doctor/health facility;
c) Embalming certificate (including embalming certificate for death due to COVID-19);
d) Copy of passport/identification document of the deceased (The original passport/ travel document/ identification document to be presented to immigration authorities);
e) Import license/ import authorization from the Director General of Health Services;
f) Appropriate packaging- wrapped in a waterproof body bag then placed in a zinc lined coffin and outer metal or wooden box;
g) The document will be verified by port health and the casket on arrival shall be decontaminated by port health;
h) The burial of bodies of COVID-19 victims will be conducted following the existing procedures for scientific burials.
(AIP SUP 11/21 is hereby replaced)
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