The International Airport and Land borders
will now be opened for tourists, coming in and going out, provided they tested negative 72 hours before arrival in Uganda and provided the tour operators ensure that the tourists do not mix with the Ugandans. How will this be done? The tourists will be driven straight from the Airport to their destinations or to designated transit hotels that are set aside for that purpose. Business delegations should also be handled in the same way by the Local Partners. The returning Ugandans, who have negative PCR results, will be allowed to go home. The Ministry of Health will only get their addresses for follow up.
Restrictions on movements on border districts are hereby lifted.
Curfew, from 2100 hours (9 p.m.) to 6 a.m., will be maintained; but for the boda bodas, their movements must always end at 1800 hours (6 p.m).
Further information: https://mediacentre.go.ug/media/updates-matters-regarding-corona-virus-covid-19
Flights to Uganda are suspended.
This does not apply to operations related to humanitarian flights, Medical evacuation flights; Repatriation flights.
The Mombasa Port is operational but with reduced staff capacity.
Land borders are open but there are Customs delay at the eastern border (3 to 6 days). Rwanda: All commercial borders are still open to cargo movements but operating at minimal capacity.
South Sudan: Closure of all borders with exemption granted for cargo and fuel tanks.
Tanzania: Cargo movement is allowed. Measures implemented by Uganda Revenue Authority (URA)to facilitate the cross-border movement of relief and essential supplies.
Importation of medicines and medical equipment related to the COVID-19 pandemic response
The government has declared a list of essential items for the fight against COVID-19 tha tare tax-exempted.
There are no specific expedited processes for the clearance of medical equipment or medicines.
All imports of medical equipment and medicines require the deliverance of a certificate from the National Drug Authority (NDA).
1. Measures aiming to Facilitate the Cross-border Movement of Relief and
Further information: http://www.wcoomd.org...../natural-disaster/covid_19/uganda.....
MEASURES TAKEN BY UGANDA TO COMBAT COVID-19
After most of the neighboring countries had confirmed cases of COVID-19, the government of
As at 30th April, 2020, the following measures are obtaining:
1. Closure of all educational institutions.
2. Suspension of religious gatherings such as prayers in Churches and Mosques.
3. Suspension of all social, cultural and political public gatherings and conferences.
4. Suspension of all local passenger public transport.
5. Suspension of all passenger flights into and out of the country.
6. Suspension of entry into Uganda by anyone other than truck drivers, by land or water.
7. Suspension of non-food sellers from markets.
8. Imposition of a countrywide lockdown save for a few workers in selected sectors deemed
9. Imposition of a countrywide 7pm to 6.30am curfew.
The Customs Administration has in line with the national COVID-19 guidelines conducted the following:
10. Set up a crisis team to respond to COVID-19 emergencies.
11. Ensured that information relating to COVID-19 is relayed to staff, clients and the general
12. Depopulated the offices by facilitating some staff to work from home to provide for social
13. Facilitated staff especially at the borders with personal protection equipment and
14. Joined the national task force by monitoring movement of cargo trucks through electronic
15. Enhanced facilitation and processing of clearance for Cross-border Movement of Relief
16. Provided a list of relief and medical supplies relating to COVID-19 under tax exemption.
17. Encouraged importers and manufacturers to take on tax exemptions as provided for under
18. Provided for general waivers on penalties for delays in transit, late arrival of commercial
19. Provided for the use of electronic services while interfacing with clients and responding to
The Uganda Revenue Authority submitted information on measures implemented by the East
THE RESPONSE TO COVID-19 BY EAST AFRICAN COMMUNITY COUNTRIES
The six countries of Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi and South Sudan have all
The following measures are currently being implemented in regards to Customs
1. All designated border points of entry and exit of goods are operating as usual.
2. Movement of cargo has been restricted to the gazette transit routes.
3. Transporters and Freight forwarders have been required to have not more than 3
4. Screening of truck drivers and crew (For Uganda and Kenya).
5. Quarantining of individuals with COVID-19 symptoms under the supervision of health
6. Giving priority to essential goods and medical supplies during clearance.
7. Promotion of local production of items required in containing COVID-19 such as sanitizers,
8. Designating specific points along the transit routes for recuperation by the drivers.
9. Monitoring truck movements using the Regional Electronic tracking devices.
10. Manufacturers and importers are being encouraged to take advantage of exemptions for
11. The use of established electronic systems to minimize physical contact is being
12. There are relaxed measures on the enforcement of transit time limits.
13. Shipping lines have also been encouraged to waive charges on container delays.
There is disinfecting of trucks carrying cargo albeit in a limited scale.