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Government solving Denmark Visa impasse

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Simon Mundeyi the spokesperson of the Ministry of Internal Affairs has called upon Ugandans that ought to travel to Denmark to remain calm as they are solving issues with the authorities at the Denmark Embassy.

Last week, social media was washed with news of a Ugandan national who was denied a Denmark visa after handing his new Polycarbonate Ugandan passport to authorities at the embassy sighting irregularities in it.

“When this issue came to our notice, we contacted the authorities at the embassy who later acknowledged this and revealed that there is some data they need to first scrutinize in our system” Mundeyi highlighted.

“They also gave us assurance that in two weeks time, this issue will be resolved and with authorization from their headquarters in Nairobi, Ugandans who want to travel will do so smoothly” he added.

Mundeyi made these remarks while addressing Journalists at the weekly security briefing in Kampala on Monday.

In a statement released in late March 2023, the Internal Affairs Ministry introduced polycarbonate e-passports to Ugandans in an effort to ease traveler experience, improve document verification, and enhance travel security for Ugandan travelers.

The upgrade not only enhances security features but also conforms to the standard requirements recommended by East African Community (EAC) and International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) the statement added.

Mundeyi reechoed that these passports were fully authorized by ICAO and the samples were delivered to the foreign affairs Ministry for distribution worldwide for ICAO member states.

The Ministry mouthpiece cautioned Ugandans about fraudsters and perpetrators who might use the advantage of this situation to extort money from them and he urged all applicants to follow detailed processes and only seek services at their offices.

The Ministry also hinted at the increasing numbers of migrants at the Katuna border which came about after scraping off of the Covid-19 tests requirement by Rwandan authorities.

On her way to attend the funeral of Canon Constance Kabonero in Uganda, Jeannette Kagame the first lady of Rwanda who used the Katuna border was amused by the Covid test directive there that hindered movement. Days later, this was scrapped.

The Internal Affairs Ministry however noted that they have doubled their staff at the border to cater for these migrants and they assured Ugandans that the overwhelming numbers are handled smoothly.

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