Government has further eases restrictions on moving in and out of the country in the wake of the Coronavirus pandemic.
President Museveni last month directed that Entebbe Airport and all the country’s borders reopen after being closed for over six months where one had to present a document from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Health or Ministry of Works and Transport giving them permission to enter or leave the country.
According to a statement released by the Minister of Internal Affairs, Gen.Jeje Odongo, the Directorate of Citizenship and Immigration Control(DCIC) will no longer ask for permission from anyone intending to travel.
“The DCIC will neither retain travelers’ passports nor require clearances from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Works and Ministry of Health for all travellers including Ugandan citizens, those holding Ugandan travel documents, foreign residents/ nationals with valid residence facilities such as certificate of residence, entry permits, special passes, dependent passes and refugees holding conventional travel documents issued by the Republic of Uganda,” Gen.Jeje Odongo said in the statement.
Government recently allowed schools to reopen for candidate classes including P.7, S.4 and S.6 plus finalists in tertiary institutions like colleges and universities.
According to the latest communication by the Ministry of Internal Affairs, foreigners who are final year students in schools/ colleges/ institutions in Uganda shall be allowed entry into the country provided they have valid immigration facilities or where their applications for student pass have been approved by the Directorate of Citizenship and Immigration Control.
Government has also allowed all residents whose immigration facilities expired while out of the country to return home, provided they apply for renewal, approved and paid for.
Government has also noted that all foreigners who require visas to enter Uganda will be required to ensure they have appropriate entry visas while entering the country whereas for those from visa exempt countries are required to have a tour plan, travel itinerary, valid passports, Covid-19 negative PCR test results to be presented at the point of entry and a yellow fever vaccination certificate.
“All visitors who were unable to exit to exit the country because of travel restrictions due to Covid-19 pandemic situation shall now be allowed to exit without penalty whereas those who were illegally in the country will have to first get clearance from immigration before they travel,” the statement says.
“All persons exiting the country will at the point of departure be required to present a certificate of Covid-19 negative PCR results with validity not more than 72 hours.”
The latest statement is an indicator that life is gradually returning to normal as the country learns to live with the virus following the lifting of the six-month lockdown.