KAMPALA — All Ugandans stranded in the United Arab Emirates due to COVID-19 have been asked to register with the Uganda Embassy.
“The Uganda Embassy to the United Arab Emirates is in the process of registering and verifying stranded Ugandan nationals who are currently in the UAE [Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah, Ajman, Fujairah, Ras Al Kaimah, and Umma Al Quwainj] who are unable to return home because of COVID-19 Crisis,” a statement from Uganda Embassy in the UAE said.
Ugandan Ambassador to the UAE Zaake Kibede said the exercise is specifically for stranded Ugandans in UAE due to COVID-19 pandemic.
He asked those in specified category to submit; their full names current address in the UAE and Uganda telephone contact.
Other details include copy of the bio-data page of their Ugandan passport, scanned page of the relevant UAE visit visa/tourist visa for those on business and tourist visit.
Others include, a copy of their return ticket where available.
The details are supposed to be sent by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org by April 22.
Besides Ugandans in the UAE, we have also seen letters where those in Japan, UK and Ireland, US and Carribean and South Korea have also been asked to register.
According to communiques from different Ugandan embassies abroad, the exercise is aimed at helping the government to prepare for the possible evacuation of Ugandans from those countries once international travel resumes.
The registration of Ugandans followed a directive from Uganda’s Foreign Affairs Ministry to all embassies abroad to send the details of Ugandans for further management until the Ugandan government communicates a concrete decision.