East Africa: Uganda Becomes Second East African Country to Suspend Flights From India

Uganda has become the second East African country to suspends flights from India, after Kenya did so on Wednesday.

Uganda’s health ministry Friday indefinitely suspended all passenger flights from India from Saturday midnight.

This was a day after the East African nation’s Health Ministry detected the Indian variant (called B.1.617) of the novel coronavirus, igniting fears of a resurgence of cases just when its outbreak has waned.

The flight ban exempts cargo deliveries whose crew will not be allowed to disembark. The ministry further announced that, “No travelers from India shall be allowed into Uganda regardless of the route of travel.

All travellers who may have been in India or travelled through India in the last 14 days regardless of route taken shall not be allowed into Uganda.”

Further, the directive demands that all travellers arriving from India before suspension date regardless of the route of travel should be in possession of a negative PCR Covid-19 test certificate that is digitally verifiable conducted within 120 hours from the time of sample removal.

Undergo a mandatory PCR test upon arrival. All those who test positive shall undergo isolation at a government approved isolation center at their own cost…

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