Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Kampala (June 5, 2020)
Event: There are 557 confirmed cases of COVID-19 currently being reported in Uganda according to the Ministry of Health.
Flight June 16:
The U.S. Embassy is working with Satguru Travel to arrange a flight out of Entebbe International Airport on Tuesday, June 16. The government of Uganda is considering the U.S. Embassy’s request to allow this flight to happen while the airport remains closed.
Ethiopian Airlines will operate the flight, which will take passengers to Addis Ababa in time to connect with onward Ethiopian Airlines flights to the United States. Interested travelers can work with Satguru Travel to arrange a final destination in the United States. If you are interested in departing Uganda, consider booking this flight now. To book, contact Sameer at firstname.lastname@example.org (+256-750-550-060)or Susanta at email@example.com (+256-753-119-944).
Please also note that there are no free repatriation flights for U.S. citizens. According to U.S. law, departure assistance to U.S. citizens must be provided on a reimbursable basis. The U.S. Embassy has no plans to charter an evacuation flight out of Uganda but if we were to do so, the U.S. Embassy would require passengers to sign a promissory note for the loan and reimburse the U.S. government for the cost of the flight.
Interested parties should verify that their passports and other documentation are current and valid for at least six months from today’s date. For emergency American Citizen Services, including emergency passports, please visit our website.
On June 1, President Museveni announced changes to the current restrictions. As of June 4, public transportation was allowed to resume operating at half-capacity of the vehicle’s normal passenger load. Private vehicles may be operated with three or fewer passengers in the vehicle, as long as all passengers wear face coverings. The ban on boda bodas carrying passengers has been extended until further notice. Both private and public transport is banned in the border districts, schools remain closed, the curfew (1900h to 0630h) remains in place, public gatherings are still prohibited, and churches and mosques are still closed. Shopping malls will be allowed to open starting June 4. In public, all must wear face coverings. Entebbe International Airport, as well as all land borders, remain closed to passenger traffic.
Waiver of Illegal Stay for Foreign Residents and Visitors in Uganda:
The Ministry of Internal Affairs announced an extension on the waiver of fines accruing from a visa overstay until at least June 9. Foreign residents and visitors with expired immigration statuses can freely access services in the country without threat of being arrested. Monitor the policies and public messaging of Ugandan authorities for updates.
The Ministry of Internal Affairs under the Doctorate of Citizenship and Immigration is the issuing authority for Uganda visas and is the entity that may be able to provide guidance:
- Toll Free Numbers 0800 199 003/4
- Tel: 0414 595 945/ 0752 451 811
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Department of State has issued a Global Level 4 Health Advisory for COVID-19.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 2 Global COVID-19 Outbreak Notice.
Actions to Take:
- Visit the Government of Uganda website on COVID-19
- Consult the CDC website for the most up-to-date information.
- For the most recent information on what you can do to reduce your risk of contracting COVID-19, please see the CDC’s latest recommendations.
- Visit the COVID-19 crisis page on travel.state.gov for the latest information.
- Check with your airlines, cruise lines, or travel operators regarding any updated information about your travel plans and/or restrictions.
- Visit our Embassy webpage on COVID-19for information on conditions in Uganda.
- Visit the Department of Homeland Security’s website on the latest travel restrictions to the United States
- U.S. Embassy Kampala