Police has in custody a total of 24 travellers arrested Sunday with fake negative Covid 19 Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) tests certificates, a prerequisite for anyone to travel in and out of Entebbe International Airport.
The arrest followed an earlier arrest of a traveller who had presented a negative Covid-19 PCR tests certificate but on testing him he turned out to be positive.
This put the Airport authorities and Aviation police on high alert, which led to the arrest of 11 women and 13 men. The Uganda Civil Aviation Authority (UCCA) spokesperson Vianney Luggya said the 24 in detention are not the first to be arrested with forged PCR tests.
“We have previously got others which is a sign that there is a mechanism in place to detect forgeries in this regard, that is why we keep on sensitizing the public, especially travelers, urging them to ensure that they undertake Covid 19 tests from authorized testing centres,” he told media.
The Kampala metropolitan spokesperson Patrick Onyango said the detainees will be charged with forgery and uttering forged documents.
Uganda resumed phased commercial flight operations at Entebbe International Airport on October 1st, strictly requiring all travelers to present a negative PCR Covid-19 test certificate issued within 120 hours before their departure time while incoming passengers must have a negative PCR Covid-19 test certificate issued within 72 hours before their flight.
However, there has been public outcry in Uganda over the cost of a Covid-19 test which many have decided for being to high. Uganda charges $65 (about Shs240,000) for a single Covid-19 test while the same is free in some East African countries like Kenya.