Uganda has finally reopened its borders for tourism as of October 1, 2020. This landlocked country in East Africa has a diverse landscape with abundant wildlife that includes chimpanzees as well as rare birds. To ensure the safety of everyone, the government of Uganda has imposed some very specific rules for entry that are unique to the continent of Africa.
Who Can Enter Uganda?
Citizens of all nations can enter Uganda. So regardless of which country you came from, you are allowed to enter Uganda for tourism purposes.
Are There Testing and/or Quarantine Required?
All passengers entering Uganda must have a negative PCR test, performed no longer than 72 hours prior to boarding the aircraft. In terms of PCR testing protocols, authorities require PCR testing for both incoming and outgoing passengers. Some other nations worldwide do not have this type of requirement.
For outbound passengers leaving Uganda, they should present a negative PCR test, taken no longer than 120 hours prior to departure.
In addition, Uganda has dropped all quarantine requirements for incoming passengers, as long as they have fulfilled the PCR testing requirements and are not showing any symptoms of Covid-19.
Other Entry Requirements
- All nations that normally require a visa to visit Uganda will still need one.
- Fingerprints will be taken of all arriving passengers
- All passengers should expect health screening for high temperatures upon arrival and departure
- Any symptomatic passenger will be taken to Entebbe Referral Hospital, tested, and quarantined for 24-48 hours pending results.
Health Protocols and Safety Measures
- Face masks are required on the inbound flight and at all times in the airport terminal
- Social distancing of 1.5 metres from other passengers is mandatory in the arrival hall and baggage claim
- The curfew runs daily from 9:00 pm to 6:00 am, restricting free movement of all persons during those hours.
What’s Open in Uganda?
- Hotels and restaurants may operate in accordance with Ministry of Health guidelines.
- Public transportation in Uganda are operating.
- Restaurants in Uganda are open but under social distancing restrictions.
- Shopping malls and arcades, supermarkets, pharmacies, hairdressers, and salons are open.
- Non-essential businesses and attractions in Uganda are open but under social distancing requirements.
- Places of worship are operating but at a maximum of 70 people and must adhere to health guidelines.
- Open-air sports activities can operate without spectators. Indoor sports activities, including gyms, remain closed.