KAMPALA – Hardly had Uganda confirmed five more coronavirus cases, increasing the total to 23 when the United States issued a health alert to its nationals to evacuate the country.
The Ministry of Health has on Friday night confirmed five new cases of coronavirus in Uganda bringing the total number to 23.
Now, the US Embassy in Uganda has issued guidelines to its nationals on how to book Commercial Flight for Next Week, adding that the Embassy is liaising with the Ugandan government to allow a plane to land at and depart from Entebbe International Airport, sometime within the next week.
“This will not be a U.S. government-operated or funded flight. Availability and cancellations will be controlled by the airline. The flight will be via an international routing to either JFK or IAD, with the option for onward domestic flights according to availability. The airline estimates the cost will be approximately $2500 per ticket for an itinerary terminating at IAD. The price may vary, depending on final destination,” reads the alert in part.
“However, if you want to book prior to publication of the flight, please send the below information via email and indicate that we can release your information to the airline. Please title your email: Booking Consent. You will then receive instructions via email on how to pay for your booking to finalize the reservation,” they added.
Americans interested in leaving Uganda have up to 8:00 am Monday, March 30, 2020, to express their interest.
The Nationals also have the alternatively to wait until the flight is made available publicly, but they were warned that the last-minute decision would be risky as there would be no guarantee that they would secure a seat.
“Again, the flight will be subject to airline cancellations. If the airline does not register sufficient interest from the general public, there is a chance that the flight will be cancelled,” read in part the statement.
Uganda suspended all incoming and outbound commercial passenger flights effective Sunday, March 22 at midnight for at least 30 days.
Addressing the country, President Museveni said starting 12:00 am on Sunday, March 22, 2020, no passenger planes or human movement would be allowed into or out of the country.
He said only Cargo planes and their crew will be allowed in Uganda as the country gets into total shutdown to prevent the Coronavirus.