Basing on guidelines issued by the Ministry of Works and Transport, domestic tourism has been suspended for the length of the current lockdown.
The Thursday evening released guidelines by the Ministry indicate that only authorized tour operators who are carrying foreign tourists will be awarded stickers to explore the country during the lockdown.
Hence domestic tourism shall be considered illegal during the 42 days lockdown which has so far been on going for six day. In the statement released by the ministry it clearly stated that; “Domestic tourism is suspended for the lockdown period.”
In a press address in relation to the new guidelines, Mr. Winston Katushabe who is the Commissioner Transport Safety and Regulation at the Ministry of Works and Transport informed that registered tour operators shall remain in business but with foreign tourists and under strict rules as he said;
“Only registered and licensed tourist vehicles will be allowed to move and they will move directly to their destinations and designated places. The driver/guide will have a negative PCR test taken within 48 hours.”
Hence in this situation, both the driver and the tourist are expected to have identification, passports and travel documents of the entire journey. Tourists are also required to have their Covid-19 vaccination cards or a 48 hour PCR test result.
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In a situation where a company does not match these standards, their sticker will right away be canceled and the company shall be suspended. Currently, a joint work effort between the Ministry of Works and the Uganda Tourism Board is in place to see to it that licensed companies get stickers for business to commence.