Entry requirements to Uganda
Entry requirements to Uganda
Mum and Dad Uganda Tours is here to give you some of the necessary information which is considered vital to any traveler wishing to visit this mother land which is sometimes referred to as the Pearl of Africa as named by Winston Churchill. This page manly reflects the UK government’s understanding of current rules for people travelling on a full ‘British Citizen’ passport, for the most common types of travel to Uganda.
The experts in the Pearl of Africa (Uganda) set and enforce entry rules which must be abide by. For further information contact the embassy, high commission or consulate of the country or any other territory you intend to travel to. Check with your transport provider or a Tour and Travel Company to make sure your passport and other travel documents meet their requirements.
Entry rules in response to Covid-19
Uganda is open to any traveler who wish to visit the country and there is no hard restrictions hiding someone from entering the country. Entry requirements to Uganda, All passengers arriving at Entebbe international airport are required to provide a negative COVID-19 test certificate issued no more than 72 hours upon jetting to Uganda or crossing any land borders. Foreign residents without a valid negative test certificate will not be allowed entry. However, Children aged three and under are excused when escorting parents arrive with a negative test certificate.
According to the authorities starting from 27 October 2021, all travellers arriving at Entebbe International Airport will be subjected to a COVID PCR test upon arrival before immigration. The only exceptions are children below 6 years old and also the airline crew with evidence of full COVID-19 vaccinations.
You are also required to register your details for the on arrival PCR test in advance of your travel using the online registration system. The arrival PCR test cost $30 and the payment can be made via credit/debit card, mobile money or online at covidpay.
By the time of writing, passengers are now allowed to continue to their home/hotel and wait for their test results from there. Arriving tourists who test positive, but are asymptomatic or with slight symptoms, will be permitted to isolate in their hotel. Other travellers who test positive will be contacted by the Ministry of Health and taken from their home to one of the designated COVID-19 treatment facilities. Treatment in a public hospital is free of charge no hidden charges, however if travellers opt for a private hospital they will need to pay some money depending the treatment given from that hosipital.
Overcrowding at the airport is not allowed, so those Passengers arriving or departing from Entebbe International Airport can only be picked up or dropped off by a maximum of two people, including the driver, for those vehicles with more than the ratified number of people will not be allowed entrance to the airport.
You should not use the NHS testing service to get a test in order to facilitate your travel to another country. Some airlines have refused to allow passengers who have used NHS tests to travel. You should arrange to take a private test.
Representing your COVID-19 status
From 27 October 2021 only Uganda aircrew are required to provide proof of vaccination status to avoid a PCR test on arrival at Entebbe International Airport.
Uganda has not yet confirmed that it will accept the UK’s proof of COVID-19 recovery and vaccination record. You should follow the entry rules for unvaccinated people. Your NHS appointment card from vaccination centers is not designed to be used as proof of vaccination.
Testing/Screening on arrival
Entry requirements to Uganda, Arriving passengers will be subject to temperature checks and will be screened for infectious diseases by the Port Health authorities. From 27 October 2021, all travellers arriving at Entebbe International Airport will subjected to a COVID PCR test on arrival. The only exemptions are children below 6 years old and airlines crew with evidence of full COVID-19 vaccinations. If a foreign national tests positive for COVID-19 and wishes to be repatriated for treatment outside of Uganda, they will be expected to cover the costs themselves.
Testing / screening on departure
Departing passengers are required to present a negative COVID-19 PCR test certificate, issued no more than 72 hours before travel. The 72 hours begins on the day the sample is collected for testing. Children aged three and under are exempt when accompanying parents have a negative test certificate.
COVID-19 tests taken for the purpose of travel outside of Uganda have to be paid for, even if the test is taken at a government testing center. From 23 November 2020, all COVID-19 test certificates issued in Uganda must indicate the intended purpose of the test. Only test certificates which state travel as the intended purpose will be valid for departure from Uganda. Test certificates which state contact or alert will not be valid for travel.
Uganda has many public and private COVID-19 test centers. If you want to read further for these Covid centers, please see the government COVID-19 Response website.
Departing passengers are advised to wear a face mask inside the terminal and will be subject to temperature checks. Social distancing is also emphasized and only passengers with valid tickets and airport officials will be allowed into the terminal building. Passengers are advised to arrive at the airport at least 4 hours before departure to avoid being inconvenienced.
Passengers travelling on flights departing during curfew hours (7pm to 5:30am) will be allowed to travel to the airport upon presentation of a valid ticket.
Requirements for entrance to Uganda
For any traveler to be allowed entry to Uganda must possess a valid Visa. And according to the information announced by the Ugandan Ministry of Internal Affairs on October 14 2021, one is required to apply for a visa online before he/she sets off as there will now be no visas issued on arrival.
You can as well apply for a visa at the Ugandan High Commission in London or apply online for an ‘e-visa’. Read the full details of how to apply a visa on the website of the Ugandan High Commission in London. You are advised to give yourself sufficient time to apply for a visa and make sure when applying that the start date and validity covers the period you wish to travel. You can as well also apply for an East African Tourist Visa. This Visa lasts for 90 days and allows multiple entry into different countries including Kenya, Rwanda and Uganda. This Visa can be applied on the ‘e-visa’ website.
In case you need more informative information about entry requirements to Uganda, visit the Ugandan Directorate of Citizenship and Immigration Control website you will more of the same kind information
For anyone entering Uganda must possess passport valid for a minimum period of 6 months from the date of entry into Uganda.
UK Emergency Travel Documents
UK Emergency Travel Documents (ETDs) are accepted for entry, airside transit, and exit from Uganda. ETDs must be valid for 6 months for entry into Uganda. A police report for lost/stolen passports is required for departure on an ETD.
Yellow fever certificate requirements
There are some countries that do not require yellow fever, however, you are advised to check whether you need a yellow fever certificate by visiting the National Travel Health Network and Centre’s TravelHealthPro website.