The High Commission of the Republic of Uganda in Kigali, Rwanda has announced a phased repatriation of Ugandan Nationals who have been stranded in Rwanda since March after the closure of Entebbe International Airport and other border entries.
The repatriation exercise, according to the statement issued by the Commission, has been cleared by both Governments of the Republic of Uganda and Rwanda and will be managed in three phases of 100 people departing in a duration of three (3) days by road.
“The High Commission of the Republic of Uganda in Kigali wishes to inform the general public of the planned repatriation of more than 350 Ugandan nationals who were stranded in different provinces of Rwanda following closure of Entebbe International Airport and all border points on 22nd March 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic,” the statement reads.
The first group is expected to depart from Kigali today Tuesday, September 15, 2020. The other repatriation trips are scheduled for Saturday, September 19, 2020, Wednesday, September 23, 2020, and Sunday, September 27, 2020.
All subsequent departures aboard Volcano buses will be flagged off from the official premises of the Uganda High Commission in Kacyiru and will be escorted to Gatuna / Katuna border by the High Commission officials.
All the repatriated persons, the statement indicates, will be handed over to Officials of the Ministry of Health and immediately be transferred to quarantine facilities designated for this purpose in accordance with the Standing Operating Procedures (SOP’s) stipulated by the Ministry of Health.