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STANDARD PROCEDURES FOR THE RETURN OF UGANDANS AND RESIDENT PERMIT HOLDERS WHO ARE STRANDED ABROAD

Thursday, 18th June 2020

STANDARD PROCEDURES FOR THE RETURN OF UGANDANS WHO ARE STRANDED ABROAD

- ON ACCOUNT OF CLOSURE OF ENTEBBE INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT AND THE BORDERS FOLLOWING THE OUTBREAK OF THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC - JUNE 2020

Cabinet recently approved in principle to allow Ugandans who are stranded abroad due to the closure of Entebbe Airport and of the borders following the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic to start returning home in a safe and orderly manner.

Accordingly, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs working with the relevant Ministries, Departments, and Agencies (MDAs) have developed the following standard procedures that will guide in arranging for the return of Ugandans stranded abroad:

1. A citizen of Uganda or a legal resident intending to travel back to Uganda under the arrangement of returning stranded nationals (returnee) must register with the nearest Embassy /High Commission of Uganda, hereinafter referred to as the responsible Embassy/High Commission and provide the following information;

a.) Ugandan Passport number, National ID or Residence/Work permit;
b.) Circumstances under which they got stranded abroad;
c.) Contact information of the next of kin in Uganda i.e. Telephone Number & LC 1 location;
d.) Evidence of hospitalization for those who are returning from medical treatment abroad.

2. The returnee must sign and deposit at the responsible Embassy/High Commission an undertaking to undergo a PCR test for COVID-19 done at his/her current area of residence and again on arrival in Uganda. A copy of the undertaking will be available on our official website: CLICK HERE 

3. The returnee should indicate to the responsible Embassy/High Commission their choice of quarantine facility in Uganda. The available choices include both public centers and private hotels. A list of the approved quarantine centers (public and private) is herewith attached. NB: Clients going to hotels are strongly advised to make reservations prior to traveling. Hotel check-in will only be permitted after making payments.

4. The returnee will sign and deposit with the responsible Embassy/High Commission, a commitment to undergo a minimum of 14 days quarantine in the facility which they will have chosen from the list provided and to fully comply with the National Guidelines for Quarantine in the Context of COVID-19 that are issued by the Ministry of Health of Uganda;

5. The returnees who opt to be quarantined in a private hotel will meet the cost of their own quarantine.

6. The returnees will be responsible for making their own reservations with the airlines. The Embassy may only assist with the overall coordination of the exercise and will from time to time provide the necessary guidance on this matter.

7. The returnee will be required to present to the airline, proof of a negative PCR test result for COVID-19 as part of the requirements for confirmation of their flight booking. The test must have been taken at least 10 days prior to the date of the planned flight to Uganda. The PCR test for COVID-19 must have been done by a health facility that is accredited by the host Governments.

8. While in transit, the returnee will be required to adhere to the host country's Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for safe travel and the SOPs provided by the airline while on the plane. This may include wearing a face mask and sanitizing as may be required.

9. Every individual traveler is advised to carry a spare mask(s) in case they need to replace the original one that they have. Used masks will only be disposed of in a facility provided for that purpose;

10. The returnee will pay for the entire cost of their own travel up to arrival at a designated point of entry into Uganda i.e. Entebbe airport or a designated border point of entry;

11. On arrival in Uganda, the returnee will observe the social distancing standards established by the Government of Uganda at the airport or border point of entry and will comply fully with all port of entry safety requirements;

12. No relatives or friends will be allowed to meet or pick a returnee from the airport on arrival in Uganda.

13. The returnee will deposit their passport with the Immigration officers on arrival in Uganda. The passport will only be given back to the returnee after the end of the mandatory quarantine period & upon presentation to the immigration office of a certificate of release from quarantine issued by the Ministry of Health. The said certificate must additionally indicate a negative test result.

14. The Ministry of Health may continue to follow up on the health of the returnee after she/he has been released from quarantine.

15. Additional procedures to those listed above may be issued by the Government of Uganda from time to time.

DESIGNATED QUARANTINE FACILITIES BY MINISTRY OF HEALTH - AS AT JUNE 29th/2020
High End Private Hotels Location Capacity Contact/ Accreditation  Single Double  
1 Speake Apartments - Kitante Kampala 80 Anand +256707977774  USD 70   USD 100  Full Board
2 Speake Resort Munyonyo Kampala 150 Ajit +256752711842 USD40  USD 70  Full Board
Moderate room  USD 70   USD 100  Full Board
Luxury rooms  USD 100   USD 130  Full Board
3 Kabira Country Resort Kampala 80 Dhawal +256752711730  USD 80   USD 120  Full Board
4 FairWay Hotel  Kampala 80 Samson-772786888/754755249, info@fairwayhotel.co.ug USD  95  USD 129 Fullboard
5 Sheraton Hotel   236 Jackie -0752780013  USD 150   USD 179  B&B
6 Protea Hotel Entebbe Entebbe 100 Website/ UN accredited  USD 125   USD 140  B&B
7 Hilton Garden Inn. Kampala 80 Website/ UN accredited  USD 137   USD 177  B&B
8 Skyz Hotel Naguru  Kampala 210 +256772202285  USD 110   Usd 170  B&B
9 Protea Hotel Kampala Kampala 70 Phiona +256772728004    USD  170  B&B
10 Mackinon Suites Kampala 120 Website      
11 Ssanga Courts Kampala 60 Website      
12 Lake Victoria Hotel Entebbe 100 Website Only for crew    
13 Mowicribs Apartments Entebbe 30 Recheal -0701657188 180,000UGX    
14 Imperial Botanical Entebbe 80 Website  USD 60   USD 95  B&B
15 Golden Tullip Hotel Kampala 60 Website only for corporate    
16 St Steven Suites Entebbe 18 Alcom +256752459736      
17 17 apartment Hotel  Kololo Kamplala  20 Website/ UN accredited      
18 Hidden Treasure Entebbe 26 Namukose Flavia (0756022021) 200,000UGX   Full Board
19 Silver Springs Hotel Kampala 100 Kisakye Peter- 774835500, 755553506 USD 80 USD 200 fullboard
20 Cental Inn Hotel Entebbe 100 Johnson, +256774280591 / Website UN accredited  UGX 200,000   UGX 260,000   Full Board 
21 Eureka  Place Ntinda/Kampala 60 Website/ UN accredited      
22 Crystal Apartments Entebbe 6 Majorine - 0783648468 UGX 200,000    
23 Golf Course Apartments Kampala   256-414 255 465/257812      
24 African Tribe Hotel Kampala   Director-0752306627 USD60 USD 60 Fullboard
25 Duomo Hotel&Suites Kampala   0776990111/0755990111  USD700 - 1000 per Month     
26 Protea Kololo Kampala 70 Website USD 110(Standard , 170 Excecutive)   B&B
27 KCA Apartments Kampala 30 websiter  300UGX     
28 Athene Hotel Kampala 150 Edrine-0775068493 / 0393208809 USD 130   Full Board
   USD 80    B&B
  Available Room Capacity            1,860 Rooms      
Budget/Medium End Private Hotels          
1 Arch Apartments Kampala 80 Asha, +256755492345  UGX 200,000   UGX 400,000  Full Board
2 Grand Global Hotel Kampala 160 Peter, +256789297777  USD 50   USD 80  Full Board
3 Jarin Hotel Kampala 70 Olivia Kyokusingura ( 0774975534)  160,000UGX    Full Board
4 SS Hotel  kampala 40 Ibrahim - (0752000777, 0772000777)  UGX 150,000    Full Board
5 Satelite Hotel Kampala 23 Harriet -0772448961  150,000UGX    Full Board
6 Evelyn Apartments Kampala 60 Angella, +256772414592  UGX 200,000   UGX 250,000  Full Board
7 Ministers Village Hotel Kampala 82 Kintu Brain - 0772594444  150,000UGX    Full Board
8 Sydney Hotels  Rubaga 54 Kintu Brain - 0772594444  150,000UGX     
9 Shangin - La Hotel Kampala 70 Eric (0772222621, 0700143132)  185,000 UGX    Full Board
10 Nyumbani Hotel Kampala 60 Betty,   +256776210872  UGX 210,000   UGX 240,000   Full Board 
11 Hotel La Grande  Kampala 35 Alphayo-0784774566/ 0772434028/0757345405  Price rance range for all rooms USD 60 - 110 (200,000-400,000)     fullboad 
12 Migingo Suites Entebbe 40 Patrick, +256780502851  USD 50     
13 Douglas Villa Hostels Kampala 220 Angella, +256772414592  UGX 150,000    Full Board
14 K Hotel Entebbe 40 Jeevan +256775966860  USD 60   USD 80  B&B
15 JNS Hotels Kampala 150 Leticia, +256772976628      
16 Durban Motel  Najjanankumbi 40 Geofrey, +256772444686 UGX 120,000   Full Board
17 Pulickal Hotel Entebbe 25 Anothy -+256702969969  USD 50   USD 70  B&B
18 Mowicribs Hotel Entebbe 20 Website      
19 Frontier Hotel Entebbe 30 James +256757227731  USD 40    B&B
20 Santa Maria Hotel Entebbe 20 Website  USD 40   USD 60  B&B
21 Hawai Resort Entebbe 40 Website  USD 40    B&B
22 Askay Hotel Entebbe 20 Caroline +256772411494  USD 40   USD 60  B&B
23 7 Season Hotel Entebbe 35 Jane +256701328543  USD 60   USD 80  B&B
24 Rwiizi Arch Kampala 25 Website      
25 Speake Resort Munyonyo Kampala 120 Website      
26 Royal view - Buziga kampala 42 Hussein-0757410388, 0772441716 UGX 133000  UGX 247000 Full Board
27 sss Kampala   752747529/0700123406  UGX 150,000     
29 Kadz Hotel-Kireka Kampala 20   UGX 150,000 -170,000 (Both Double and Single) All rooms fullboard
30 Hotel Garden-Kawempe Kampala 70 Sharmim 0704194232/0778095095 UGX 80,000 - 130,000                          (Both Double and Single ) UGX fullboard
31 Comfort Hotel Entebbe 24 772156747 UGX 145,000UGX UGX Full Board
32 Peniel Beach Hotel Entebbe 30 Stephen-0752703147/0772485887 USD 30 - 60 USD  
33 Sunset Hotel Entebbe Entebbe 20 Tusiime Cheryl-0703844435, 077632501 UGX 209,000 - 320,000 UGX  
34 Fortune Hotel Kampala 98 Eric-0772222621  UGX 198,000    UGX  Full Board
35 Welo Hotel Kampala 24 Hope - 0701725454/0701292020  UGX 100,000   UGX  Full Board
  Available Room Capacity            1,765        
Public Facilities            
1 Mulago Paramedical Kampala 140 Dr Richard, +256 772563113      
2  Fisheries Institute Entebbe 50 Dr Richard, +256 772563113      
3 Lands and Survey  Entebbe 60 Dr Richard, +256 772563113      
  Available Room Capacity   250        
  NB. Clients going to hotels are strongly advised to make a reservation prior to traveling.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Hotel Check-in will only be permitted after making payment.

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