Uganda issues tough guidelines to avoid congestion at main international airport

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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

Uganda’s civil aviation authority (UCAA) has released guidelines to reduce crowding at the main international airport in Entebbe amid concerns over rising coronavirus cases in the East African nation.

FILE PHOTO: 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. (Photo: Sumy Sadurni/AFP via Getty Images)

While noting that the airport had witnessed an increase in human traffic, the UCAA said all arriving and departing passengers will be picked or dropped by a maximum of two people, including the driver of the car, to avoid unnecessary crowding.

“Please note that vehicles with more than the authorized number of people will not be allowed to access the airport,” the UCAA said in a public notice.

The order took effect from December 19.

Travelers wishing to fly out of the country were reminded to carry with them an authentic and valid negative COVID-19 PCR test certificate issued within five days from the time the sample was collected to the time of departure.

The UCAA stressed that this requirement was mandatory even if the country to which the passenger was traveling to did not require one to have that certificate.

The same rule applies to persons wishing to travel into Uganda.

Uganda has reported a steady increase in COVID-19 cases in recent months, a phenomenon the government blames on complacency by citizens and blatant violation of COVID-19 standard operating procedures (SOPs).

As of December 18, Uganda has reported 30,071 confirmed coronavirus cases and 230 deaths.

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