Uganda to Accept Travellers from Countries with High Vaccine Uptake

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Only travellers with vaccination cards from countries that have vaccinated over half their population with the first or second dose will be exempted from carrying out COVID-19 PCR tests at points of entry.

Previously, all travellers entering the country from countries reporting high COVID-19 cases like; the United States, United Kingdom, United Arab Emirates, Turkey, South Africa, Ethiopia, Kenya, South Sudan and Tanzania undergo a compulsory COVID-19 PCR test at their own cost at the airport.

Those who were exempted were travellers who had been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 using any of the World Health Organisation-WHO authorized vaccines for emergency use.

Now the health ministry says that people coming from countries such as the U.S and U.K that have vaccinated over 50 percent of their population will no longer be required to take a PCR test even if they have not been fully vaccinated.

Dr Henry Mwebesa, the Director-General of health services at the ministry of health says they have decided to allow this group of travellers because research shows that vaccination can prevent and control the pandemic.

The move to get travellers tested is aimed at reducing the number of imported COVID-19 variants into the country. 

Dr Yonas Woldermariam, the WHO country representative says the government’s move is aimed at avoiding the forgery of vaccine certificates.

According to the health ministry, since testing of travellers at the airport begun this month, 4,327 have entered the country and have undergone testing. 50 cases of COVID-19 have been detected among these travellers.

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