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FACED WITH TRAFFIC SURGE, UCAA ISSUES NEW MEASURES

By Otim Nape

The Uganda Civil Aviation Authority (UCAA) has issued new travel directives to passengers intending to fly from and to Entebbe International Airport following increasing number of people accessing the airport.

In a public notice dated December 18, 2020, UCAA directed that effective from Saturday December 19, 2020, departing and arriving passengers will only be dropped or picked from the airport by at most, two people, including the driver of the car in order to avoid unnecessary crowding at the airport.

“Departing passengers are also reminded to have an authentic and valid negative COVID-19 Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test certificate issued within 120 hours from the time of sample collection to the time of boarding the aircraft even if the country the passenger is going to does not require it. In case the destination country requires a COVID-19 PCR test certificate issued within less than 120 hours, the number of hours indicated by the destination country take priority,” said UCAA.

The notice further demands that the PCR test certificate should be accompanied with a receipt from the test centre or laboratory. UCAA also requires passengers to obtain the authentic and valid negative COVID-19 PCR test certificate from an accredited laboratory in the country of origin issued within 120 hours from the time of sample collection to the time of boarding the aircraft leaving the country of origin.

Fred Bamwesigye is the Acting Director General for Uganda Civil Aviation Authority 

 

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