The Uganda High Commission in Pretoria, South Africa has successfully repatriated 75 Ugandan Nationals and legal residents who have been stranded in the Southern Africa region and Zambia following closure of Entebbe International Airport to passenger flights on March 22, 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
This is the second repatriation exercise the High Commission has successfully undertaken with the first having taken place on July 2, 2020, that saw a total of 62
Ugandans and legal residents safely return home.
“The High Commission undertook the registration process of Ugandan Nationals who were stranded in the Southern Africa region and coordinated their return aboard Uganda Airlines which landed at Entebbe International Airport on Monday at 8:15 pm,” reads the Commission’s statement in part.
The categories of people aboard this flight included students, government officials, business people, medical doctors, and others who had travelled to the Southern Africa and Zambia for various reasons.
“After fulfilling the standard procedures issued by the Ministries of Foreign Affairs and Health of Uganda, guidelines by the South African Government and other Governments in the Southern Africa region, Ugandans were seen off at OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg,” the statement further indicates.
The Acting High Commissioner to South Africa Amb. Kintu Nyago, Mr. Julius Kivuna (Minister Counselor), Ms. Sarah Nakamya(Counselor), Ms. Joy Jogole (Immigration Attache) and other Mission Staff saw off this second batch.
The Acting High Commissioner Ambassador Kintu Nyago thanked the Ugandans and other legal residents for their patience during the difficult times they have endured as a result of the Covid -19 pandemic and wished them a safe journey.