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The Ugandan government ordered a Rwandair aircraft carrying passengers from different countries including South Korea to take them away.
Rwanda has so far registered 17 cases of Coronavirus while South Korea is among the countries flagged as high risk by Ugandan authorities.
Uganda Civil Aviation Authority (UCCA) issued a total ban on travel from nealy 31 countries which have been affected most by the Corona virus (COVID-19).
In a circular released on Thursday, UCCA said travel for all passengers coming into Uganda from any of these countries, which have been placed in Category one (1) by the Health Ministry, has been suspended.
ChimpReports has learned that on arrival at Entebbe International Airport yesterday, Rwandair staff met with Ugandan authorities to discuss the fate of the South Korean passengers.
“Yes, it is true that some people were advised to go back to where they came from, but they were only 10 Koreans not 40,” said CAA publicist, Vianney Luggya.
“They were subsequently flown back aboard Rwanda Air, which had brought them in last night,” he further told ChimpReports this Friday evening.
Luggya said this followed a “comprehensive interface with health officials at the airport during which they had been advised of the procedures in place, including quarantine requirements.”
Initially government advised travelers from these countries (16 at the time) to come to Ugandan only when they must, provided they are ready to undergo a 14-day quarantine.
Under the new rules, only Ugandan citizens and any other nationals with valid residence permits will be allowed to enter Uganda, and these must proceed on a 14 day institutional quarantine at their own cost.