Ugandans stranded in Sudan and the Netherlands due to covid-19 travel restrictions are set to return home today, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has revealed.
Ugandans from Sudan’s capital Khartoum will arrive at Entebbe Airport at 3:30pm while those from Netherlands will arrive at 11:30pm, reads the Ministry’s notoce dated 23 June 2020.
“The Minister of Foreign Affairs will receive them at the Airport and thereafter have a press briefing on the commencement of repatriation process of Ugandans who have been stranded abroad,” the ministry said.
Cabinet recently approved the return of over 2400 Ugandans stranded in 66 countries abroad in the wake of the novel coronavirus, at their cost and according to the Health Minister, Dr. Jane Ruth Aceng, this will be done in a phased manner – in groups of not more than 300 at a time.
Last week, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued standard operating procedures for repatriation of Ugandans. The Ugandan nationals are required, among others, to deposit their passports with Immigration department and be subjected to mandatory 14-day isolation in quarantine centres designated by the Ministry of Health.
In a circular sent out to all heads of missions abroad, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Permanent Secretary, Patrick Mugoya, indicated that those interested in returning must first register with any nearby embassy/mission, and provide passport details, national identification, residence or work permit details, and also indicate circumstances under which they got stranded abroad.
At registration, the returnees must also sign and deposit authorisation to undergo two Covid-19 tests, first in the countries where they are currently and upon arrival at Entebbe International Airport. They are also required to indicate their choice of quarantine, whether at private or public establishments for a period of 14 days.
The ministry further listed 20 quarantine centres designated by the Ministry of Health for self-pay.