Like every other country, the COVID-19 pandemic has stamped on virtually every industry in Uganda and altered countless aspects of our daily lives. However, the country is recovering impressively with all land borders open, and commercial flights operating to and from Uganda. Uganda has been removed from most international travel bans including the UK; so you can travel to Uganda, observe caution and return home coronavirus-free.
COVID-19 measures remain in place including a nighttime curfew and some travel restrictions. There’s mandatory COVID-19 testing for all inbound and outbound travelers above six irrespective of vaccine or test certificate. It is mandatory for everyone aged 6 or above to wear a face mask when outside your house.
A curfew remains in place from 19:00 to 05:00. Passengers traveling on flights departing during curfew hours (19:00 to 05:00) will be allowed to travel to the airport upon presentation of a valid ticket. Public transport is operating at 50% capacity only and must adhere to COVID guidance, including no air conditioning. Boda Bodas (motorbike taxis) are allowed to move up to19:00 and are permitted to carry cargo and a maximum of one passenger at any time. Masks must be worn by the rider and passenger.
Yes, Uganda is open to international travel and tourism. Except for the Uganda-Rwanda border, all international borders and Entebbe International Airport (the only one in the country) are open for inbound/outbound traffic, with restrictions.
Take a COVID PCR Test 72 hours before you travel, even though you’re vaccinated, and carry the negative test certificate with you. Authorities at entry points will require that you present the certificate on arrival. Wear a face mask when outside your house. Avoid unnecessary movement during curfew time of19:00 to 05:00. If you have a flight or transferring between parks during curfew time, carry your travel documents like trip itinerary and flight ticket. Adhere to COVID guidance when using public transport. Don’t use a Boda Boda (motorbike taxi) with another passenger. Wear a mask if you have to use a Boda Boda and they’re not allowed to operate after19:00. Follow the hotel’s SOPs when you check-in and avoid crowded places.
All arriving passengers (above 6 years) at Entebbe International Airport will be subjected to a COVID-19 test, regardless of country of origin or vaccination status for a cost of $30 (pre-book your PCR test at arrivals.healthdesk.go.ug). All travelers shall present a negative COVID19 PCR test certificate undertaken within 72 hours from the time of sample collection, regardless of country of origin or vaccination status. If arriving tourists are asymptomatic or with mild disease, they will be managed in the designated tourists’ hotels. Passengers traveling out of the country will be required to have a negative COVID-19 PCR test Certificate taken within 72 hours from the time of sample collection. They will abide by the health travel requirements of the destination country.
All travelers should process their visas online at visas.immigration.go.ug. There will be no visas at entry points. Present valid travel documents to be allowed through curfew roadblocks if you arrive beyond 9:00 pm and before the 6:00 am curfew period.
For more information, visit the official CAA Uganda SOP Guidelines page
Effect on 5th November 2027, aII arriving passengers at Entebbe International’Airport will have their samples for COVID-19 taken and thereafter they will be allowed to proceed home or to their hotels for self-isolation until they receive their results. The test results will be sent to their phones/emails. Covid test results at Entebbe International Aiport are given within two (2) hours. However, tourists traveling with a local tour outfitter will be directed to the tourist swabbing booth where their samples will be taken for testing. They will then proceed for verification to the Tourism Lounge where AUTO and UTB representatives will attend to them and allow them to proceed to hotels of their choice, within Entebbe. Their results will be sent by mail or WhatsApp depending on what is convenient, in two and a half hours.
Yes, all travelers (irrespective of age, country of origin, or vaccinations status) shall present an authentic and valid COVID-19 PCR test certificate issued within72 hours from the time of sample collection.
Yes, you may have to take another COVID-19 PCR test on arrival at entry points in Uganda. In retrospect, all travelers, irrespective of vaccination or country of origin, will be required to present a negative covid-19 test certificate on arrival, taken not more than 72 hours. In addition, they’ll be subjected to mandatory COVID-19 screening on arrival.. (Results given within 2 hours). If any traveler tests positive, the MoH will evacuate them to a designated COVID-19 isolation facility or tourist hotel. Children under 18 who test positive for COVID-19 will be allowed to undergo home quarantine with their parent or guardian.
Yes, all travelers, even those with full vaccination, will have to take a test not more than 72 hours before they arrive in Uganda
While the data is clear that vaccines protect people from the effects of COVID-19, research is ongoing to determine whether a vaccinated person could still transmit the virus to someone else – so to be safe, we must assume there is still a risk of transmission.
The COVID-19 test required for entry into Uganda is known as the Real Time-Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) COVID-19 test. Travelers shall present a negative RT-PCR COVID-19 Test Certificate upon arrival and before departure.
Yes! After processing with immigration and Covid procedures, travelers will proceed to the designated area for transfers and taxis on arrival at Entebbe Airport. Your Uganda safari trip operator will transport you straight to your hotel, or your hotel concierge picks you up.
Yes, national parks in Uganda are open for tourism since September 2020. Under the management of UWA, national parks allow residents and foreign non-residents to enter and see the animals with strict operating procedures. Some of the most important procedures include mandatory wearing of facemasks, regular hand sanitization, keeping ten meters away from the animals, not feeding the animals, no sedans, and overcrowded vehicles in the park, among other SOPs
Yes, it is safe to see the primates in Uganda. Gorilla trekking permits and chimpanzee tracking permits are issued by UWA, allowing anyone to be escorted into the gorilla jungles by rangers and trackers. Mountain gorillas and chimpanzees are a jewel of Uganda and guarded jealously by the conservation office, which has strict guidelines for seeing them. You must have your facemask on, keep a reasonable distance of 10 meters from the primates and observe other regular operating procedures to protect you and the animals.
No, you can not get a Uganda entry visa on arrival anymore since June 2021. Uganda entry visas are now processed online at visas.immigration.go.ug. You’ll be required to have a 6-months valid passport and a fee of $50. If you’re traveling with a local operator, make sure to include their contact numbers and address for faster processing.
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