As many as 382 Ugandans were safely flown back home on Tuesday 28 July from Saudi Arabia, where they had been stranded for months due to the COVID-19 pandemic restrictions that entailed a countrywide lockdown and cut-off of all activities at the airport.
The repatriated group comprised mostly of migrant workers and students, according to the foreign affairs ministry.
They arrived at Entebbe airport aboard a Saudi Arabian Airlines flight, which had departed from King Khalid International Airport on Tuesday afternoon.
Uganda and Saudi Arabia enjoy excellent bilateral relations. This repatriation was initiated by the Saudi government, facilitated by Uganda’s Embassy in Riyadh and other authorities in Uganda but specifically the ministries of foreign affairs, health, and transport.Foreign Ministry Statement
The repatriation exercise of Ugandans stranded abroad due to the Covid-19 pandemic was resumed on 18 July 2020. This exercise had been put on halt by the Ministry of Health for a period of two weeks to enable proper quarantining of returnees who had so far arrived in the county.
Another batch of 107 Ugandan nationals arrived aboard KLM Royal Dutch airlines from BENELUX (Belgium, The Netherlands, Luxembourg) at 11 pm, the same day.