Our brief on Uganda and COVID 19
Currently, government advisory boards are generally advising against all, but essential travel to destinations where coronavirus has spread widely.Uganda has as of today Sunday, 29th of March 2020 confirmed 30 cases of the fast spreading COVID-19.
KAMPALA — Uganda has suspended all incoming and outbound commercial passenger flights effective Sunday, March 22 at midnight for at least 30 day.
Addressing the country, His Excellence, President Yoweri Museveni said starting 12:00 am on Sunday 22 March 2020, no passenger planes or human movement will be allowed into or out of the country.
Uganda has increased travel restrictions to at least nine other countries currently being affected by the coronavirus outbreak. The latest travel restriction includes travelers from San Marino, Belgium, USA, United Kingdom, Netherlands, Sweden, Norway, Austria and Malaysia.
Travelers from the restricted countries who insist on travelling to Uganda will have to undergo a mandatory 14-day health self-quarantine that will be met at their own expense. Travelers who refuse to carry out self-quarantine will be asked to immediately leave the country.
Uganda in her latest effort to curb then spread of COVID-19 suspended the use of public transport that is minibuses/taxis, buses, boda bodas and trains. Only passengers moving in private vehicles with the number limited to 3 are allowed to operate.
Uganda Wildlife Authority UWA has suspended the tracking of primates as a way of protecting wildlife from possible covid 19 infections. Due to the genetic similarity between humans and gorillas, both are susceptible to infections carried by the other party. UWA says the move was taken as a measure to protect Uganda’s wildlife heritage, staff and visitors despite the impact of the suspension on the economy as a result issuing of permits has been suspended until April.
The World Health Organization office are not advising against travel to other countries as a result of COVID-19 risks. With uncertainty looming, it may be difficult to decide whether to book your next holiday now or to wait. If you’re still planning on booking future travel, Our best advice considering all the inconveniences you may face is to stay home as you monitor WHO or your local government guidance regularly to keep informed on your travel decisions/plans in the coming weeks.
Ultimately, the decision to travel is yours –but it’s wise to seek advice if you have an underlying health condition. And remember to keep the WHO guidelines to protect yourself and your loved ones from any potential covid 19 infections;
Follow us on our blog and we shall keep you updated on any developments and remember to stay safe;