Kigali – Rwanda’s national carrier has suspended its flights to Uganda as part of efforts to contain the spread of the coronavirus, the Airline said in a statement.
“Due to a surge in COVID-19 cases in Uganda, RwandAir announces the suspension of its flights to Entebbe effective 10th June 2021, until further notice,” the airline statement reads in part.
According to RwandAir, affected customers can rebook and fly at a later date, once flights resume, at no additional cost – or alternatively request for a refund.
This comes a few days after Uganda’s president Yoweri Museveni introduced new measures to tackle a wave of Covid-19 cases among young people. On June 8, Uganda recorded 1,438 cases, the highest in a single day, with officials reporting long lines at hospitals.
Relatedly, RwandAir’s decision to suspend flights to Uganda comes hours after the United Arab Emirates (UAE) also barred entry to travellers from Uganda, Zambia, and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
The UAE decision that takes effect starting Friday, 11th June 2021 includes travellers who were in the three countries in the 14 days before coming to the UAE.
UAE citizens and first-degree relatives, diplomatic missions approved between the Emirates and the three countries, including administrators working in the embassies of the UAE and the affected countries, are exempt from the ban.
The exemptions include official delegations and businessmen, provided they obtain prior approval, as well as holders of golden and silver residency visas.
Those working in sectors deemed vital by the Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship and crews of foreign freight and transit planes are also exempt from the ban on condition they present a negative Covid-19 test taken 48 hours prior to their departure.
Those excluded from the travel ban must adhere to precautionary measures, including undergoing 10-day quarantine, take a PCR examination at the airport and on days four and eight of entering the country.