Uganda to reopen Entebbe airport in October
Uganda to reopen Entebbe airport in October: The reopening of Entebbe international airport has been anticipated and much hoped for events especially among the different in the tourism and hospitality industry as well as for the aviation industry in Uganda.
Uganda is a very gifted country in regards to the tourism sector and is also referred to as the “pearl of Africa”. The reopening of the airport means that the tourism sector of this country will resume its operations which had been affected during the pandemic.
Entebbe international airport is the main airport in Uganda used for flights into and outside the country. Due to the coronavirus pandemic which has affected different countries around the world, however, the aviation industry was greatly affected for a long period of time.
Different airlines such as Uganda Airlines, Kenya Airways, Emirates, Turkish Airlines, Rwandair, Brussels airlines among others operating at Entebbe international airport had also been affected due to restrictions put in place in regards to travel from one place to another. This however is expected to change as Entebbe international airport reopens in October.
Some of the sectors in the country have continued working during the pandemic while following the standard operating procedures like wearing masks and sanitizing but the tourism industry has not been in operation for some time now and this has left many unemployed and other tourism professionals working from home.
The new normal in Uganda as well as in many other countries around the world before the airport reopening became working from home, wearing masks, social distancing among other things which brought unexpected changes to the usual way of life of the people in the country.
The government of Uganda came up with different measures to enable the country to keep afloat and to keep the people safe such as gradually lifting restrictions on some sectors like the agricultural sector which is a major source of income and livelihood to many of the people of Uganda.
Domestic tourism is one of the strategies which have been used in Uganda to try and revive the sector. This form of tourism involves citizens moving to different destinations around the country to engage in various activities.
The Ugandans have followed the initiative of engaging in tourism visiting different destinations around the country with their family and friends. These destinations include Murchison falls national park, Bwindi national park, Kidepo valley national park, Queen Elizabeth national park, Kibale national park, Lake Mburo national park, Semliki national park, Mgahinga national park, Rwenzori mountains national park, Mt Elgon national park.
Some of the activities which tourists can engage in during their visits to Uganda following the reopening of Entebbe international airport include game drives, rafting, hiking, quad biking, bird watching, cultural experiences, city tours, gorilla trekking, chimpanzee trekking, golden monkey trekking, rhino trekking among others.
Gorilla trekking is one of the famous activities which tourists engage in during their visits to Uganda and this activity is carried out in Bwindi impenetrable forest national park. Other primate species as well as different bird species can also be seen in the forest.
This activity of gorilla trekking had been put on hold by Uganda Wildlife Authority during the pandemic due to the risks associated with the interaction between the gorillas and the tourists who may infect the gorillas with the virus.
Murchison falls national park is another popular tourist destination which Ugandans are interested in visiting to engage in various activities such as boat rides, top of the falls hiking, game drives among others as they explore the national park.
The Civil Aviation Authority is in charge of overseeing the country’s aviation industry and also licensing, regulation, air search and rescue and air traffic control as well as monitoring civil aviation matters in Uganda.
Following the presidential address held on 20th September, Entebbe international airport is to be opened on 1st October 2020. Some restrictions are also set to be put in place when the flights resume at the airport.
The president of Uganda HE Yoweri Kaguta Museveni also informed the nation that upon arrival at the airport the tourists are required to be tested and provided that the Covid 19 test results are negative, the tourists were also discouraged from interactions with the Ugandans.
There are also different safety measures which are to be put in place that tourists entering the country are required to follow as they travel to different wildlife viewing destinations around Uganda as Entebbe international airport opens and they include the following;
- Wearing masks
- Social distancing
- Constantly washing hands
- Avoid touching eyes, mouth and nose
- Use of sanitizers
During the presidential address to Uganda, the president also hinted on other sectors in the country such as school reopening as well as lifting of restrictions on border districts which had been closed in the previous months.
The hospitality sector, the tourism sector as well as the aviation industry in Uganda hope to resume their work while following the standard operation procedures put in place to keep both the tourists and Ugandans safe as they travel since the airport is to be opened in the coming month of October.
Restoration of the aviation and hospitality sectors in Uganda and reopening of Entebbe airport has also brought hope to many people who had lost their jobs due to the unexpected pandemic situation which led to laying off of many people in the different sectors in the country.
The reopening of Entebbe international airport (Uganda to reopen Entebbe airport in October) will also open Uganda to many more opportunities from other countries and also promote trade which had been affected by the COVID 19 pandemic.
The reopening of Entebbe airport and lifting of restrictions on border districts also means that the Ugandans who were stuck in other countries can come back to the country and trade can also be carried out with the neighboring countries.
Visit the pearl of Africa and experience its different attractions as you engage in various activities and interact with different cultures beginning your journey from Entebbe international airport.