Ugandan president says country now open to the world after ease of COVID-19 restrictions

Passengers arriving on international flights leave the international arrivals lobby after they have been screened and cleared for any symptoms of the novel coronavirus at Entebbe Airport, Uganda, on March 3, 2020. © 2020 Sumy Sadurni/AFP via Getty Images
Entebbe Airport, Uganda. (Sumy Sadurni/AFP via Getty Images)

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni on Tuesday said the country is now open to the world, urging tourists to visit the east African country following the easing of COVID-19 restrictions.

Museveni said in a tweet that tourists are free to visit the country following the reopening of the country’s Entebbe International Airport and national borders after seven months of government closure in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Uganda is now open to the world, provided the SOPs (Standard Operating Procedures) are strictly adhered to,” said Museveni.

“Tourists/travelers should have tested negative 72 hours before arrival in Uganda,” he said.

Uganda on October 1 resumed scheduled commercial passenger flights after the government suspended the operations when the pandemic broke out in the country in March.

Uganda Wildlife Authority, a state-owned conservation agency, last month announced the full reopening of all its national parks as the country continues to ease lockdown restrictions.

The agency said all tourists and visitors to Savannah and primate parks will have to undergo mandatory temperature screening at the various entries, wearing face masks, observing social distancing, and mandatory hand-washing for all visitors.

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