this group brings the total number of returnees to 1,693, ever since June 22nd, 2020 when the country started receiving stranded Ugandans and legal residents.
Uganda's Ambassador to Germany Marcel R. Tibaleka (Extreme right) seeing off some Ugandans at the Frankfurt International Airport. Courtsey photo
Another batch of Ugandans and legal residents returned to
the country on Tuesday evening from various European and North African countries
aboard Ethiopian Airlines. The airline picked 48 people from Germany and another 48 individuals from various European and North
African countries including Egypt.
The other returnees were from Austria, Poland and the Vatican. The group included 10 children. After
screening at the airport, the returnees were taken to 23 sites in Kampala
and Wakiso for institutional quarantine.
They will spend a minimum of 14 days before they are allowed
to travel to their respective destinations within the country. The returnees got stranded overseas following
the closure of Uganda’s borders on March 23rd as part of the measures
to combat the spread of corona virus disease- COVID-19 in Uganda.
Government officials, students, staff of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für
Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ Uganda) German Corporation for International
Cooperation, Poland, Austria and the Vatican registered with Uganda's embassy
in Germany to return to the country.
The returnees were
seen off at the Frankfurt Main International Airport by Uganda's Ambassador to
Germany, Marcel R. Tibaleka and other Mission Staff. Tibaleka lauded the group
for their patience amidst the difficult times as a result of the
This group brings to 1,693, the number of returnees since the country started receiving
stranded Uganda and legal residents on June 22nd, 2020. Another 490 returnees
from Saudi Arabia, West Africa and Qatar are expected to arrive by end of
In April, government registered 2,400 Ugandans who were stranded in 66
countries across the world due to travel restrictions. Those still overseas
will return in phases to avoid congestion in the 37 gazetted quarantine centers.