Uganda reinstates mandatory COVID-19 testing for inbound travelers

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Chris Baryomunsi, Minister of Information, Communication, Technology and National Guidance Uganda, says the country had reinstated mandatory COVID-19 testing for inbound travelers.

The minister said, in a statement on Wednesday, that incoming air passengers would be required to pay 30 U.S. dollars each at a bank at the country’s Entebbe International Airport before proceeding for the test.

According to him, the mandatory testing was previously supposed to start on Sept. 3 but was suspended.

Uganda has only one international airport, at Entebbe, about 40 kilometres south of the capital, Kampala.

Baryomunsi said the test facility at Entebbe airport would be manned by government medical workers, unlike before when the facility was outside the airport and was private.

“Passengers with tourist visas will have their samples taken but will be permitted to proceed to their respective hotels as they await the processing of their results,’’ he said.

The minister added that similar arrangement was also being organized at land border entry points.

On Aug. 20, the Health Ministry announced that starting Sept. 3, all inbound travelers would be subjected to mandatory COVID-19 tests regardless of their vaccination status.

He added that all travelers, including children are required to arrive with a negative PCR test result done within 72 hours prior to travel.