The British High Commission in Uganda has secured three flights for the British citizens leaving the country over the increasing cases of Coronavirus worldwide.
The first flight; a KLM one-way flight to London, left Entebbe International Airport on Monday at 11pm.
Two more flights from Entebbe to London are expected today by KLM and Qatar Airways according to a briefing from the British High Commission to its citizens in Uganda on Tuesday.
“KLM has just informed us that there are some seats now available on tomorrow’s (Wednesday) flight from Entebbe 25 March at 23:30,” said the briefing.
The flight booked through the embassy is strictly for those who sent their names to the High Commission by Tuesday morning.
“We have forwarded the details of everyone who contacted us by Tuesday 10am,” added the statement.
British citizens who missed the opportunity to send details to the High Commission have been advised to directly contact the airlines including KLM and Qatar Airways.
“Anyone who has not yet contacted us now needs to contact the airlines directly to make a booking.”
United States citizens leaving Uganda are also expected to depart from Entebbe to Washington on Wednesday through Qatar Airways. The flight was however fully booked few hours after the announcement due to high demand.
“The U.S. Embassy in Kampala has confirmed that the Qatar Airways flight for March 25 was closed for booking due to heavy demand,” said a statement on US Embassy website.
The Department of State has issued a Global Level 4 Health Advisory for COVID-19 and advised all citizens abroad to avoid international travels or return home.
“The Department of State advises U.S. citizens to avoid all international travel due to the global impact of COVID-19. In countries where commercial departure options remain available, U.S. citizens who live in the United States should arrange for immediate return to the United States, unless they are prepared to remain abroad for an indefinite period,” said State Department.
U.K and U.S are however more hit by Coronavirus than Uganda. Uganda has only registered 9 cases and zero death while the U.S has astronomically registered 54,913 cases and 784 deaths with New York, Washington and California hit hardest. U.K has registered 8,077 by today morning and 422 deaths.