By Spy Uganda
The government of the United States of America has announced that it is aware of flights evacuating American citizens and other foreigners in Uganda who may want to return home amidst the Coronavirus (COVID-19) lockdown.
As such, the US embassy in Kampala has published various scheduled flights running through to August 3rd, to 30th, 2020, during which time they hope to have evacuated all American citizens and other foreigners from Uganda.
The announcement about the scheduled flights to evacuate foreigners from Uganda was made on the US Embassy’s official website and it states in part that;
“The U.S. Embassy is aware of the following repatriation flights out of Entebbe International Airport for foreigners wishing to depart Uganda.
Interested passengers must book directly with the airline or travel agency indicated. Travelers will be able to book an itinerary to a final destination in the United States.
These are not U.S. government-controlled flights. Pricing, availability, and cancellations are controlled by the airline.
Note: There are no free repatriation flights for U.S. citizens. According to U.S. law, departure assistance to U.S. citizens must be provided on a reimbursable basis. The U.S. Embassy has no plans to charter an evacuation flight out of Uganda but if we were to do so, the U.S. Embassy would require passengers to sign a promissory note for the loan and reimburse the U.S. government for the cost of the flight.
Interested parties should verify that their passports and other documentation are current and valid for at least six months from today’s date. For American Citizen Services, including passport renewals, please visit our website.”
The move however comes at a time when Entebbe Airport is still closed to passenger flights ever since President Yoweri Museveni announced a lockdown at the airport in March this year, as one of the measures of preventing the spread of Coronavirus among Ugandans by foreigner traveling in and out of the country.
Uganda has to date registered 1,203 cumulative cases of COVID-19, with 5 confirmed deaths and 1,073 recoveries, according to the Ministry of Health.