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Uganda Ministry of Health revises COVID-19 travel certificate validity period

Uganda Ministry of Health revises COVID-19 travel certificate validity period

On 29 June 2021, the Uganda Ministry of Health announced that people planning to travel in and out of the country must take a COVID-19 test 72 hours before arriving or departing. This announcment changes the previous directive that mandated the tests to be at least 120-hours old.

“This is against the background that Uganda is experiencing a resurgence of COVID-19 in the country and in particular a number of variants are circulating both in [the] country and across the world,” the statement signed by the Director-General of Health Services, Dr Henry G. Mwebesa, read.

New 72-hour COVID-19 certificate announcement by Uganda Ministry of Health on 29 June 2021

The directive will go live from 3 July 2021, and all COVID-19 certificates must bear “Travel” as the purpose of the test. In addition, the ministry considers the 72 hours beginning from the day the sample is collected for testing.

On the day that the ministry issued the statement it confirmed 345 new cases, taking the cumulative cases to 79,434. 52,382 people had recovered, while 989 patients had died. The number of vaccinated people continue to rise, albeit at a slow pace, with 854,443 individuals already taking COVID shots.

If you are planning to travel out of Uganda within the next three days, check our testing options for speedy, convenient and affordable procedures that works for you.