Click to join an upcoming live event

Turn off Ads (click)

Click on your language to translate this article:

Afrikaans Afrikaans Albanian Albanian Amharic Amharic Arabic Arabic Armenian Armenian Azerbaijani Azerbaijani Basque Basque Belarusian Belarusian Bengali Bengali Bosnian Bosnian Bulgarian Bulgarian Catalan Catalan Cebuano Cebuano Chichewa Chichewa Chinese (Simplified) Chinese (Simplified) Chinese (Traditional) Chinese (Traditional) Corsican Corsican Croatian Croatian Czech Czech Danish Danish Dutch Dutch English English Esperanto Esperanto Estonian Estonian Filipino Filipino Finnish Finnish French French Frisian Frisian Galician Galician Georgian Georgian German German Greek Greek Gujarati Gujarati Haitian Creole Haitian Creole Hausa Hausa Hawaiian Hawaiian Hebrew Hebrew Hindi Hindi Hmong Hmong Hungarian Hungarian Icelandic Icelandic Igbo Igbo Indonesian Indonesian Irish Irish Italian Italian Japanese Japanese Javanese Javanese Kannada Kannada Kazakh Kazakh Khmer Khmer Korean Korean Kurdish (Kurmanji) Kurdish (Kurmanji) Kyrgyz Kyrgyz Lao Lao Latin Latin Latvian Latvian Lithuanian Lithuanian Luxembourgish Luxembourgish Macedonian Macedonian Malagasy Malagasy Malay Malay Malayalam Malayalam Maltese Maltese Maori Maori Marathi Marathi Mongolian Mongolian Myanmar (Burmese) Myanmar (Burmese) Nepali Nepali Norwegian Norwegian Pashto Pashto Persian Persian Polish Polish Portuguese Portuguese Punjabi Punjabi Romanian Romanian Russian Russian Samoan Samoan Scottish Gaelic Scottish Gaelic Serbian Serbian Sesotho Sesotho Shona Shona Sindhi Sindhi Sinhala Sinhala Slovak Slovak Slovenian Slovenian Somali Somali Spanish Spanish Sudanese Sudanese Swahili Swahili Swedish Swedish Tajik Tajik Tamil Tamil Telugu Telugu Thai Thai Turkish Turkish Ukrainian Ukrainian Urdu Urdu Uzbek Uzbek Vietnamese Vietnamese Welsh Welsh Xhosa Xhosa Yiddish Yiddish Yoruba Yoruba Zulu Zulu
Airline News Airport news Breaking Travel News Business Travel News etn Feature Article Government and Public Sector Tourism News Health News International Visitor News People in Travel & Tourism rebuilding Responsible Tourism News Tourism News Travel Destination Travel News Travel Safety & Emergencies Travel Wire News Uganda travel news

Uganda Civil Aviation Authority issues COVID-19 passenger guidelines

Uganda Civil Aviation Authority issues COVID-19 passenger guidelines

Uganda Civil Aviation Authority has tightened measures at Kampala’s Entebbe International Airport to combat the spread of COVID-19.

Departing passengers will now be expected to arrive at the airport at least four hours before boarding to go through the health port screening procedures. They will also be required to present a valid health certificate from the Ministry of Health or undergo a rapid test at the airport before departure.

All arriving and departing passengers will also be expected to wear face masks and exercise social distancing when airlines resume business according to Eng. Ayub Sooma, UCAA’s Director Airports and Aviation Security.

Sooma says that the changes are in line with new guidelines issued by the International Civil Aviation Organisation-ICAO, Airports Council International and the World Health Organization-WHO, as countries prepare to open airports some of which have been closed to passenger traffic for more than two months.

Sooma says that they are working with officials from Ministry of health, Internal Affairs and Foreign Affairs to ensure Entebbe Airport complies with the set guidelines.

Sooma further explains that some of the changes at the airport facilities will include providing more space for boarding lounges, installation of automatic sensor non-touchable doors and non-touchable taps, e- boarding pass readers and automated document readers to limit excessive scanning of passports. Three big marquess  have already been erected to ensure passengers observe physical distancing.

Dr James Eyul, UCAA’s aviation medical specialist explains that health and immigration officers will be able to handle 100 passengers in the two tents for screening and processing of documents while samples will be collected from a maximum of ten passengers at the same time.

However, Dr Benson Tumwesigye, who led a delegation from the Ministry of Health to inspect the airport and assess the progress of the COVID-19 measures, says UCAA must improve on aeration inside the tents to avoid infection. He says the airport can only resume passenger flights when the health ministry is satisfied that the precautionary measures are adhered to.

President Yoweri Museveni suspended passenger flights on March 22nd to combat the spread of COVID-19. He however allowed cargo and emergency flights to continue operations. Before the lockdown, Entebbe airport could handle between 90 to 120 flights daily.

#rebuildingtravel