Ugandan Embassies in US, UAE embark on registration of nationals stranded amid COVID-19

Washington DC/Abu Dhabi – Uganda’s Missions in Washington DC and Dubai have embarked on registering Ugandans stranded in the two countries and are unable to return home due to COVID-19 lockdowns everywhere.

In an April 16 letter, Uganda’s Ambassador to the US, Mull Katende called out to Ugandans in Central and South America as well as the Caribbean that had not returned home to register.

He further clarified on the categories of people targeted in this exercise included Research Fellows and students that have completed their programmes and temporary visitors /non-immigrant visa holders of all categories whose travel plans were disrupted by border closures.

“This exercise does NOT include Ugandans who already have settled status in the United States of America, Central America, South America and the Caribbean or had no plans to return to Uganda,” the notice reads in part.
The Washington DC-based Embassy further sought details of the affected to include their names and Residential & Work Place or institutional addresses in Uganda; Current physical address and telephone contact in their host country; Copy of bio-data page of the Ugandan passport, Scanned page of the relevant host country visa; Copy of return air ticket (where applicable); and Particulars of current sponsoring persons or institutions (in case of groups and students).

“Please send your details to the following email addresses: [email protected] or [email protected] with the subject: ‘Registration of Stranded Ugandan Nationals’” read part of the notice capping the deadline to April 24, 2020.

On the other hand, Uganda’s Abu Dhabi based Embassy in the United Arab Emirates echoed out to stranded Uganda nationals in cities of Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Ajman, Sharjah, Ras Al Khaimah, Umm Al Quwain; who were unable to safely return home in heights of the COVID-19 pandemic.

For verification, the Embassy under the stewardship of Amb. Zaake W. Kibedi, requested the stranded Ugandans to send their contact details to include their names, current address in the United Arab Emirates and Ugandan location; a copy of their bio-data passport page, UAE visit/tourist visas for those on business and tourist visas as well as a copy of the return air ticket.

“Please send the above details to: [email protected] capping the deadline of submission to not later than April 22, 2020,” reads the notice.

There have been unsolicited opinions on social media with some of the stranded Ugandans seeking a severance stipend.

However, early this week, President Museveni hinted that the group could be evacuated and quarantined in Uganda.

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