A total of 51 evacuees, including men, women, and children, arrived at the Entebbe International Airport on a privately chartered flight, before being escorted by local police to a hotel in Entebbe, 40 km south of the capital Kampala, This represents the first batch of evacuees expected to arrive in Uganda from Afghanistan.
Following a U.S. request, Uganda will temporarily host at-risk Afghans and other nationals “who are in transit to the United States and other destinations worldwide,” the ministry said.
The Afghan evacuees underwent necessary security screening, Coronavirus testing, and quarantine procedures, it said.
Some Ugandans in Afghanistan did not travel on the flight due to “the challenges of accessing the airport in Kabul,” the ministry said, adding that “arrangements are being made to bring them in the subsequent flight.”
Uganda last week said it would host 2,000 Afghans and other nationals fleeing Afghanistan after the Taliban seized Kabul.