THE Embassy of the Republic of Uganda to Qatar today successfully saw off a total of 238 Ugandan Nationals who have been stranded due to the Covid-19 pandemic
that resulted into the closure of Entebbe International airport to passenger flights in March 22nd 2020.
Thanks to the Government of Uganda through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA).
Earlier in April, the Embassy undertook the registration process of Ugandan Nationals who were stranded in Qatar and coordinated with Qatar Airlines for this repatriation flight which is expected to arrive at Entebbe on today Saturday at 5.00 p.m.
This is one of the many repatriation exercises being undertaken in coordination with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Missions abroad for Ugandan nationals who were stranded abroad due to the COVID-19 Pandemic.
According to the statement released by the Embassy of Uganda, H.E. Dr. Stephen Chemoiko Chebrot, the Ambassador of Uganda to Qatar emphasized that, “Arrangements are in advanced stages to repatriate another 245 Ugandan citizens and residents who are still stranded on 24th July under similar arrangements. Those that departed today tested negative for COVID-19 and were confrimed fit to travel.”
The Ambassador conveyed a message of gratitude to H.E. Yoweri Kaguta Museveni the President of the Republic of Uganda for making it possible for people to return back to Uganda as well as the Ministry leadership of Foreign Affairs of Uganda and Qatar for the support extended to the Embassy to successfully excute this repatriation exercise.
He also thanked the Embassy staff who have worked tirelessly as well the Peninsula Community of Ugandans who did commendable work in coordinating the various groups to register with the Embassy.
UGANDANS STRANDED IN
SOUTH AMERICA REPATRIATED
In a related story, a total of 28 Ugandans stranded in Brazil, have today, 18th July 2020, departed at the Governador André Franco Montoro International Airport in Sao Paulo, Brazil on a repatriation flight bound for Entebbe via Addis Ababa.
The group consists mainly of a 26-member Watoto Choir in addition to a mother and baby.
Whereas Uganda does not have an Embassy in South America, the region is overseen by Uganda’s Embassy in Washington, DC.
The stranded passengers responded to the Embassy’s call for registration in May 2020 and plans for their repatriation and route options were put in place by Satguru Travel Solutions.
The passengers will arrive at Entebbe Airport aboard the Ethiopian Airlines repatriation flight, transiting in Addis Ababa from Ontario, Canada tomorrow, 19th July 2020.