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IS UGANDA SAFE? SAFETY ADVICE FOR VISITORS TO UGANDA

Uganda has always been a Safe destination for all travelers like any other country with less crimes, but due to the current Covid-19  global pandemic caused by Coronavirus, one may wonder if it is still Safe to travel for Vacation holidays to Uganda. But the answer is yes it is Safe though you must get involved in making your travel safe and enjoyable.

Following the different precautions and Safety guidelines put in place by the Ministry of health and Uganda Wildlife Authority, you can confidently Visit Uganda for the amazing holiday travel experiences with Wildlife viewing and enjoying nature.

All East African countries except Uganda, opened their boarders for International travels on August 1st 2020.  Uganda re-opened its boarders and flights on October 1st 2020 lifting all the travel restrictions for inbound and outbound traffic at International airport and boarders across the country, but upon restrictions to watch the coronavirus infections.

Domestically the travel ban was lifted in August for all travels within the country. Generally, if you were wondering whether is it safe to travel to Uganda for your holiday trip, you are answered. Uganda is still a safe country for all your travels despite the Covid-19 that has changed the life of people.

Uganda has performed so well in dealing with Covid-19 pandemic with less than 2% Covid death and over 97% recoveries. The ministry of health has put in place Standard Operating Procedures (SOP’s) and restrictions with the help of the President of Uganda to help curb the spread of Coronavirus and this has registered great success.

Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) has re-opened all its national parks and reserves to be visited again. This has seen the local tourism growing with the local people enjoying their countries beauty and visiting the wildlife parks. All activities including mountain gorilla trekking, Chimpanzee tracking and Savanna park game drives can now be done following UWA precautions together with the ministry of health safety guidelines – SOP’s in addition to the president’s directives.

Uganda Primates such as endangered mountain gorillas and chimpanzees are prune to getting human diseases so to protect them from being affected by  Covid-19 and other human diseases, Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) has put strict SOP’s that you should follow in order to keep these endangered species from getting infected by corona virus.

Again Uganda has put in place travel requirements but these can change with the Covid-19 status at a time which includes the following:-

  • Tourists and business visitors arriving need to provide a negative PCR Covid-19 test conducted not more than 72 hours before arrival and those outbound travelers will also need to take a PCR Covid-19 test 72 hours before departure. These tests can be done at some of hospitals in Kampala and Entebbe for example Mulago national referral hospital, Nakasero hospital, Test and fly laboratories, Lancet laboratories and many more
  • There is health screening procedures at the airport and other ports of entry with mandatory wearing of a mask, sanitizing, temperature screening and Physical distancing. Once found with Covid-19 symptoms you will be isolated and taken to hospital for treatment.
  • No self-isolation for 14 days required but your tour driver will drive you to your place of stay without mixing with Ugandans in congregations.
  • Physical distancing, sanitization and compulsory wearing of a mask will keep you safe on your trip to Uganda.
  • Uganda Wildlife authority (UWA) has tried to put up standard operating services SOP’s to guide the phased re-opening of tourism and research activities ensuring safety and effective delivery of these services in UWA protected areas.

These include:-

  • Mandatory wearing of face masks for all visitors in the wildlife protected areas and parks.
  • There will be mandatory temperature screening using non-contact infra-red thermometers at all key tourism entry points of protected areas.
  • All tourists undertaking primate tracking such as gorillas and chimpanzee activities should carry at least two N95 masks or surgical mask or double layered cloth mask with filters.
  • Mandatory hand washing or sanitizing at all UWA premises and protected areas.
  • UWA staff have been trained to keep social distance and wear a mask at all times, use of infrared thermometers and the general measures to handle tourists.
  • Enough sensitization by the staff on duty on the general operational guidelines given by the government and UWA
  • All tourist Vehicles and boats in the parks will carry half capacity following the government guidelines and must be well spaced.
  • Saloon cars will not be allowed in the park.
  • Proper disposal of face masks according to the ministry of health guidelines.

Currently Uganda is safe though still under local restrictions following the partial lifting of the lockdown for example, night curfew is from 9pm to 6am, compulsory wearing of a mask in public, restricted church gatherings to 70 people per gathering, public transport like buses, minibuses and ferries carry half capacity, social distancing is a must and night clubs, public bars, weddings and large gatherings are still banned.

Start preparing now for your trip to Uganda with the help of guidelines provide by Uganda wildlife authority, ministry of health and the government of Uganda. Most of the national parks are far away from the coronavirus isolation centers making it safe for you to visit them. The lodges and hotels have also put in place all the needed requirements to make your stay safe and enjoyable. So you can confidently travel to Uganda now.

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