UAE Suspends Passengers from Uganda (1)
The United Arab Emirates bans entrants from Uganda and 16 other countries following a surge in new cases. FILE PHOTO

The UAE, however, has banned entry into the country for passengers travelling from Uganda and 16 other countries due to fears of increasing Coronavirus infections.

Following the surge in new cases of entrants, the United Arab Emirates has banned entry into the country, this includes passengers travelling from Uganda and 16 other countries.

In recent years, UAE has been a destination for many Ugandans seeking foreign employment. Statistics from the Labour and Gender ministry estimates at least 12,000 Ugandans travel to the Middle East every year in search of employment.

However, due to fears of rising infections of the coronavirus, the Middle East nation has banned entry into the country, passengers travelling from Uganda and 16 other countries.

According to the latest statement released, besides Uganda, other countries banned including Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Democratic Republic of Congo, India, Indonesia, Liberia, Namibia, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, Uganda, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Vietnam, and Zambia.

The UAE management, in addition, said that they are speeding up plans to see the situation return to normal in a bid to lift restrictions from the above countries.

It, however, revealed that flights from the restricted countries will still be allowed access provided they are transporting diplomats and other people seeking medical assistance.

“The current development on the Covid-19 pandemic leads the UAE to impose new flight and passengers’ restrictions. The UAE government is closely monitoring the situation and will provide further updates and instructions as necessary,” a circular by the General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) said.

“All other previously stated travel protocols — including allowing entry only to UAE citizens, diplomats, golden and silver residency visa holders — will remain in place. Private charter jet regulations still hold, with no more than eight passengers allowed to travel per flight,” GCAA added.

The management further said that all coronavirus contacts whether they are UAE citizens should self-quarantine based on the rules of the country they are residing in at the time of infection.

“Confirmed Covid-19 patients or those who have come in close contact with Covid-19 patients should generally remain in place and not travel until they meet the criteria for discontinuing isolation or quarantine period based on national protocol of the country they are in.”

“This includes UAE national passengers who wish to return home or those planning to travel to other countries,” the statement read further.

This, however, comes at a time when the health ministry last week directed that all emigrants will be stressed to a Covid-19 test at Entebbe Airport a few hours before their departure

UAE Suspends Passengers from Uganda (1)
The United Arab Emirates bans entrants from Uganda and 16 other countries following a surge in new cases. FILE PHOTO

Dr Diana Atwine the health ministry permanent secretary said this was done following reports that some people were faking test results.

“Some of the samples being submitted to government-accredited that testing public and private laboratories were on several occasions tampered with whereas there have also been numerous attempts to hack into the government central Covid-19 results dispatch system so that the names of travellers and their results are simply entered into the system without undergoing testing,” Dr Atwine said.

“This exercise is being undertaken to protect the credibility of our health system at meeting international obligations and to deter further blacklisting of our country from travel arrangements.”