Uganda reopened its international airport and land borders for tourists and Ugandans who have been stranded abroad during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The directive opening borders was made Sunday by President Yoweri Museveni. “The international airport and land borders will now be opened for tourists, coming in and going out, provided they tested negative 72 hours before arrival in Uganda,” said Museveni.
However, tourists and returning Ugandans will not be mixed. Tourists will be driven straight from the airport to their destinations or to designated transit hotels while returning Ugandan citizens who have tested negative for COVID-19 will be allowed to go home directly, instead of being quarantined for 14 days as previously directed.
The restrictions on movements on border districts were also lifted.
Meanwhile the Uganda Civil Aviation Authority has also confirmed international and passenger flights will resume on Oct. 1, about six months after the government closed airports in the wake of the pandemic.