489 Ugandans repatriated from Saudi Arabia, the Benelux region and Europe

As the ongoing repatriation exercise of Ugandans stranded abroad continues after the closure of airports due to the Covid _19 pandemic outbreak, a total of 489 Ugandans and legal residents were received on Tuesday evening from Saudi Arabia, the Benelux region and Europe.

The returnees who came in two flights had 382 Ugandans who have been stranded in Riyadh Saudi Arabia arrived at 8:15 Tuesday evening aboard a Saudi Arabian Airlines special flight no SV 3459.

Ugandans repatriated from Saudi Arabia get disinfected upon arrival at Entebbe International Airport. Photo: Min Foreign Affairs

The returnees that mainly consisted of migrant workers and students were the second batch of Ugandans to be repatriated from Saudi Arabia bringing to a total 557 Ugandans that have so far been repatriated from the oil rich country out of 1800 Ugandan’s who registered with the Embassy.

Two of the returnees pose for a photo with Min. of Foreign Affairs official upon arrival. Photo : Min. Foreign Affairs

 The second flight a KLM Royal Dutch Airlines carrying a total of 107 Ugandan Nationals and legal residents who had been stranded in the BENELUX region (Belgium, The Netherlands, Luxembourg) and Europe arrived at Entebbe International Airport at 23:15 p.m.

Ugandans arrive aboard a KLM flight on Tuesday evening at Entebbe International Airport. Photo: Min. Foreign Affairs

The Embassy undertook the registration process of Ugandan Nationals who were stranded in the BENELUX region (Belgium, The Netherlands, Luxembourg) and Europe and coordinated their return back home.

The returnees included Students, Government Officials, Business People, Medical Doctors, and others who had travelled for various reasons.

Moments before Ugandans and legal residents departed from Amsterdam Airport Schipol for Entebbe. Photo: Min. Foreign Affairs

After fulfilling the standard procedures issued by the Ministries of Foreign Affairs and Health of Uganda, guidelines by the respective Governments, the Ugandans were seen off at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol by the Deputy Head of Mission, Uganda Embassy Brussels, Amb. Franklin R. Katungwe and Embassy Officials. 

The Deputy Head of Mission thanked the Ugandans and other legal residents for their patience during the difficult times they have endured as a result of the pandemic and wished them a safe journey.

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