Travel is more complicated now. There are more things you need to think about when planning travel to Uganda amidst Covid-19 .
Read through our step-by-step guide to see what you might expect, from the time you start planning your trip to Uganda.
- Violent political protests can occur quickly and there remains a potential for tension or politically motivated incidents across Uganda following elections earlier this year.
- Uganda has increased security arrangements in public places due to the threat of terrorist attacks. Expect body, car and luggage checks when travelling. Take official warnings seriously and follow advice.
- Security is usually required when gorilla trekking due to the risk of armed attack. For your safety, don’t take gorilla trekking tours that cross into the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).
- Petty crime and violent crime can happen. Always be alert. Don’t walk in isolated areas or along dark streets at night.
- The security situation in the neighbouring DRC is very unstable and volatile. You may be kidnapped or caught up in violence. If you’re travelling near the border, seek professional security advice.
- COVID-19 remains a risk in Uganda.
- Many medications are in short supply or not available in Uganda. Take enough legal medicine for your trip.
- The first cases of Ebola were detected in Western Uganda in June 2019. Protect yourself against the disease by practicing good hygiene. There have been recently confirmed Ebola cases in eastern DRC; bordering Uganda.
- Yellow fever and malaria are common. Other insect-borne diseases can occur. Make sure your accommodation is insect proof. Use insect repellent.
- HIV/AIDS is a risk. Take steps to reduce your risk of exposure to the virus.
- Medical facilities are very limited outside Kampala. If you become seriously ill or injured, you’ll be evacuated to Kenya or another destination. Make sure your insurance covers this.
- When entering or departing Uganda, you must present evidence of a negative COVID-19 (PCR) test taken within 72 hours of arrival or departure from an accredited laboratory.
- All travellers, including children, will have a PCR test on arrival at their own expense (USD65 at Entebbe), regardless of vaccination status or country of origin.
- A nationwide, daily curfew from 7pm to 5.30am is in place. Essential services including food markets, banks and private security remain open. If your flight departs during curfew hours you’ll be allowed to travel to the airport if you present a valid ticket.
- It’s mandatory for everyone aged six and over to wear an approved face mask in public. If you display COVID-19 symptoms, you’ll be placed in a government isolation centre until you test negative for COVID-19. Monitor the Ugandan Ministry of Health and the media for latest developments and follow the advice of local officials.
- You may need a valid yellow fever vaccination certificate to enter and leave Uganda.
- It may be difficult to access money. Traveller’s cheques, credit cards and debit cards aren’t widely accepted.