Statement On The Status Of Ugandan Nationals Detained In The Republic Of Türkiye

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Uganda wishes to inform the general public of the status of Ugandans detained in the Republic of Türkiye as follows;

1) The Ministry together with the Uganda Embassy in Ankara-Türkiye is seized of the matter and has so far undertaken Consular visits to 6 detention centres namely; Harmandali, Silvre, Tuzla, Erzurum 1, Erzurum 2, and Edirne to offer the necessary Consular and legal assistance required.

2) Following these Consular visits, a total of 87 Ugandans have been identified and confirmed by the Officials of the Ugandan Embassy in Tűrkiye to have been detained by the Turkish Authorities due to overstay of their visas which is in breach of the Immigration regulations of the Republic of Türkiye.

3) The Ministry wishes to assure the general public of it’s commitment to continue engaging with the relevant Turkish authorities to find a mutually acceptable solution to address these concerns and the affected families will be updated in due course.

4) The Ministry continues to urge all Ugandan Nationals to abide by the Immigration regulations of the host countries they reside in.