IS UGANDA SAFE? TRAVEL ADVICE & SAFETY FOR VISITORS TO UGANDA
Is Uganda Safe? YES. Uganda is has always been Safe and it is still a safe travel destination in Africa for all tourists traveling with reputable tour Company. Like any other country, Uganda is a Safe tourist destination as long as precautions are taken in considerations. There’s less crimes which can be avoided when you take care of yourself and also you properties.
Ugandans has kept the country’s reputation by being the most friendliest people in Africa. If your dreams are to take Vacation holidays and trips in Uganda, feel free to book your trip . Uganda is still the best and most popular travel destination apart from political stories and the ever present threat of terrorism which are created to take away the joy and disorganize the travel industry.
However, don’t let the alarmist stories from different media put your dreams of visiting Uganda off. Uganda is Safe and only what you must think of is getting involved in making your travel safe and enjoyable. For instance don’t go to places in Uganda which are restricted for travels such as Karamoja areas and areas near the border to Sothern Sudan.
Are you interested in Wildlife Safari tours? Uganda Wildlife Authority is also trying to do all it takes to safe guard tourist visiting the beautiful game parks and conservation areas. Travelers all over the world are assured of safety and can confidently Visit Uganda for the amazing holiday travel experiences with Wildlife viewing and enjoying nature with no hussle. Uganda is trying to recover from negative perception spreading all over media for terrorism and crimes. Security is being enforced and nothing to worry about. That is the current status of Safaty in Uganda.
Are Uganda borders open? All Uganda Borders are open for travelers. The travel restrictions that were imposed on inbound and outbound traffic at Entebbe International airport and other borders across the country were cleared.
Domestically the Covid-19 travel ban was lifted in August for all travelers within Uganda. Generally, if you were wondering whether it is safe to travel to Uganda for your safari holidays, you are answered. Uganda is still a safe country for all your vacation tours and other travel programs despite the Covid-19 that has changed lifestyle of people.
Uganda performed so well in dealing with Covid-19 pandemic with less than 2% Covid death and over 97% recoveries. The ministry of health had put in place Standard Operating Procedures (SOP’s) and restrictions with the help of the president of Uganda His Excellency Yoweri Kaguta Museveni to help curb the spread of Coronavirus and this has registered great success for people to enjoy Uganda again.
For everyone who is planning to visit Uganda for safari holidays and tours, Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) re-opened all its national parks and reserves to be visited again. Currently domestic and international tourism is growing with the local people enjoying their countries beauty and visiting the wildlife safari parks again. All activities including Mountain gorilla trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable forest and Mgahinga, Chimpanzee tracking and Savanna park game drives are being done following UWA precautions together with the ministry of health safety guidelines. SOP’s are in place according to the presidential directives.
Why do i have to follow the travel Regulations?
Uganda’s 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, You must follow SOP’S put by Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) at ranger station to keep these endangered species from getting infected by diseases.
Do i need a Covid test to enter Uganda?
- Tourists and business visitors arriving no longer need to provide a negative PCR Covid-19 test conducted not more than 72 hours before arrival as it used to be for those outbound travelers will not need to take a PCR Covid-19 test 72 hours before departure. These tests that were 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 no health screening required at the Entebbe airport and other ports of entry. Wearing of mask is only mandatory to those who wish to see gorillas and chimps in Kibale forest, sanitizing, temperature screening still exist especially in Bwindi buhoma area.
- No self-isolation required and your tour driver will pick you and drive you to your place of stay without any hussle if all documentation is correct.
- Uganda Wildlife authority (UWA) has tried to put up standard guidelines while doing tourism activites and research ensuring safety and effective delivery of these services in UWA protected areas.
These are guidelines that were imposed during covid 19 and some have phased out;-
- Mandatory wearing of face masks for all visitors in the wildlife protected areas and parks especially when undertaking an activity.
- 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 face 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.
Current Updates for all Travelers Arriving to & Departing Uganda
Uganda is Safe with free movement and no threats to worry about while traveling!.
COVID-19 PCR Results are currently not required for all travelers cross the land border of entry in Uganda. Its therefore not necessary to conduct Covid-19 test at land border points of entry.
The COVID-19 testing of all incoming travelers at Entebbe International Airport in Uganda were stopped with effect from 16, February, 2022. However travelers on arrival are still expected to present a covid vaccination card. depending on which point of entry you use.
Despite of a safe Uganda, it is a requirement to have your face mask on while trekking gorillas and chimpanzee, wash hands or sanitize while in congregations.
All the above replaced all covid 19 guidelines such as mandatory testing, night curfew that was 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 were to carry half capacity, social distancing was a must and night clubs, public bars, weddings and large gatherings were banned. Ugandans and all Vistors are back to enjoy normal life.
Start preparing now for your trip to Uganda with the help of guidelines provided by Ugandan Government, Uganda Wildlife Authority and the Ministry of health. Most of the national parks are far away from the congested towns, making it safe for you to visit them with no hussle. The Uganda 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.