Uganda has announced that travellers entering the country will not be required to test for COVID-19 as long as they are fully vaccinated.
The government also ordered private laboratories conducting the tests at various points of entry to vacate the premises.
The directives were given by the director-general of Health Services at the Ministry of Health, Dr Henry Mwebesa who addressed district health officers in border districts like Busia, Tororo, Kasese, Kabale, and Ntungamo.
“Covid-19 results are currently not required for fully vaccinated travellers, including truck drivers, to cross the land border of entry. This is, therefore, to request all private labs to exit border points of entry premises immediately as it is no longer necessary to conduct any Covid-19 tests at the border points,” Dr Henry Mwebesa wrote in a letter.
The move, he said, is to ensure that Kampala complies with the East African Community Council of Minister’s directive for the meeting held in January, in which it was agreed to ease inter-country pandemic restrictions to fast-track regional economic recovery.
Uganda has registered a gradual decline in new coronavirus cases from community transmissions and imported ones.