On the 22 March, 2020 Uganda’s only international airport faced closure due to the COVID 19 pandemic that hit the world. The airport would only accept cargo and UN planes to fly in and out with strict measures as was announced by the president of Uganda H.E Yoweri Kaguta Museveni.
The closure which was to last 32 days has lasted several months following increased numbers of infections all over the world. This closure affected businesses of various airlines that were suspended in a bid to curb the spread.
However according to The Independent’s Ronald Musoke, the airport is expected to resume its operations soon with adoption of various Standard Operating Procedures that include wearing of face masks. Other guidelines that have been domesticated into protocols are from International Civil Aviation Authority, World Health Organisation Airports Council International among others.
Vianney Luggya, the Uganda Civil Aviation Authority publicist is reported to have said one will be expected to have a valid COVID 19 certificate issued within 48 hours from one’s place of departure and must again undergo testing upon arrival.