Uganda revises timeline for COVID-19 testing for travelers

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./Sumy Sadurni/AFP/Getty Images

Uganda’s health ministry has revised the timeline for testing for COVID-19 prior to travel, from 120 hours to 72 hours.

“All travelers arriving or departing from Uganda are required to have a COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of travel with effect from July 3. Please note that the 72 hours begin on the day the sample is collected for testing,” said Director-General Health Services Dr. Henry Mwebesa in a statement.

“This is against the background that Uganda is experiencing a resurgence of COVID-19 in the country and in particular, a number of variants are circulating both in the country and across the world.”

The ministry reiterated that all COVID-19 protocols for travelers must indicate travel as the intended purpose of the test.


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