Uganda has been placed on the United Kingdom’s travel ban red list.
This is due to a significant rise in COVID-19 cases in the country that led to the announcement of more restriction measures by President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni.
The ban goes into effect on Wednesday but Britain announced that residents and returning nationals would be allowed into the country from when the ban becomes effective.
“Only British nationals, Irish nationals and third-country nationals with residence rights in the UK who have departed from or transited Uganda within 10 days prior to their arrival in the UK will be required to quarantine for 10 days in a government-approved facility,” the statement reads in part.
“All measures announced are designed to give travelers and the travel sector more certainty, will be kept under review, and further action may be taken to protect public health.”
Eritrea, Haiti, Dominican Republic, Mongolia and Tunisia are the other countries newly added to the UK’s red list.
Uganda is now battling its second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. The country has seen positive cases and deaths rise since late May.
However, Uganda’s international borders, including the main airport, remain open to travelers who prove they have taken a PCR test with a negative result. This does not include travelers arriving from India.