By Uganda Online Media
Kampala: The ministry of health has announced that it has stopped the mandatory COVID-19 testing of travelers coming into the country at Entebbe International Airport with effect from today, 16 February 2022.
According to a statement, issued on 16 of February 2022, the ministry said the move followed a cabinet decision on Feb. 14 following the decline in positive cases identified at the airport.
The ministry of health further noted that the decision also followed the reduction in the global threat of new variants of concern and therefore reduced the risk of importation of variants of concern that will increase community transmission.
However, the ministry noted that the mandatory testing of 72 hours before boarding for both incoming and exiting travelers remains in effect adding that health workers will continue to screen all travelers both at arrival and departure and verify their covid-19 certificates.
Uganda in October last year started mandatory COVID-19 testing for all incoming travelers in an effort to curb a further importation of the deadly Coronavirus variants into the country.