Today, Uganda has received the first batch of its nationals who have for 3 months been stranded abroad, desperate to get home.
This is because President Museveni on March 21, 2020, ordered the closure of Entebbe International Airport and all International Borders in a bid to contain the spread of COVID-19 pandemic.
This prompted Ugandans abroad to begin campaigns calling on Government to allow them get back home.
Recently, the Ugandan Missions Abroad began registering stranded Ugandans desperate to get home and over 2,400 people are expected to return.
Having registered the stranded persons and all taken note of the fact that the country has now built some more considerable capacity to control the spread of COVID-19, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs recommended to Cabinet that all stranded Ugandans begin returning home in a phased manner which was subsequently approved.
The Ministry of Health also advised Cabinet that 300 Ugandans be flown home every after 14 days.
The Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Okello Oryem today told reporters at the Ministry headquarters in Kampala that the first batch arrives today.
“Starting this week, we expect to receive flights from Southern Africa with about 70 Ugandans, from UAE with approximately 200 Ugandans, from Afghanistan with approximately 108 Ugandans and USA with about 134 and about 120 from India,” said Oryem.
He added, “today, in particular, we are receiving 32 Ugandans coming in on a flight from Sudan, 16 Ugandans from Belgium and Netherlands.”
Meanwhile, all returnees will undergo COVID-19 testing upon arrival and mandatory 14-day quarantine at their own cost.