If you’re planning a visit to Uganda, cover the essentials with our top travel tips that cover everything from vaccinations to voltage, food to tipping
- The East African Community’s EAC Tourist Visa allows travellers multiple entries to Kenya, Rwanda and Uganda for 90 days. You can also apply for a visa from the Government of Uganda. Entry and exit conditions can change at short notice. Contact the nearest high commission or consulate of Uganda for the latest details.
- When entering or departing Uganda, you must present proof of full COVID-19 vaccination, except for children aged 5 years and below. If you’re not fully vaccinated, you must present a negative COVID-19 (PCR) test taken within 72 hours of travel. Travellers under 5 years aren’t required to show a negative COVID-19 (PCR) test on arrival or departure. On arrival at Entebbe International airport, you may be subject to temperature checks and screened for infectious diseases by the Port Health authorities.
- Authorities have introduced additional health screening measures on the border with Tanzania’s Kagera region, where an outbreak of the Marburg virus disease was confirmed on 21 March.
- You also need a valid yellow fever vaccination certificate to enter Uganda. Some airlines may want to see a certificate when you leave.
- It may be difficult to access money. Traveller’s cheques, credit cards and debit cards aren’t widely accepted
- On 11 January, the Ugandan Government and the World Health Organization declared the end of the Ebola outbreak, which was announced in Uganda on 20 September 2022. You should continue to monitor guidance issued by the Government of Uganda and local media to ensure you have the latest information.
- 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.
- 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.