Government halts compulsory Covid 19 testing for all passengers coming into the country


NATIONAL NEWS- Government has halted the compulsory Covid testing for all incoming passengers into the country that was set to begin yesterday, September, 3.
Starting from Friday 3rd September 2021, travellers regardless of their vaccination status or Covid test status were to undergo a mandatory test for the virus upon arrival into the country, a move that has sparked outrage, especially among frequent travellers and tour operators.
However, on Thursday, an inter-ministerial committee engaged with several stakeholders and it was agreed that the move be halted for two weeks.
As part of the directive, despite showing negative Coronavirus test results done 72 hours prior to departure or upon arrival at Uganda’s entry points, travellers were required to do a mandatory Covid test at their own cost.
However, after the Thursday inter-ministerial meeting, it was agreed that all travellers arriving from India will still be subjected to mandatory PCR testing at their own cost regardless of their vaccination status.
A number of tourism players and frequent travellers welcomed the news that they said was a sigh of relief from the earlier directive.