Uganda (Travel Restrictions, COVID Tests & Quarantine Requirements)

This page was last updated on 27 October, 2021.

 

At a Glance

Travel Restrictions

Entry For Vaccinated Travelers: Allowed
Vaccination Requirements: Fully vaccinated travelers coming from the United Kingdom, Ethiopia, Kenya, South Africa, South Sudan, Tanzania, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates and the United States can enter Uganda without testing on arrival.

Travellers from India are required to undergo COVID-19 PCR testing on arrival regardless of vaccination status.
Tourist Entry: Allowed
Testing: Negative PCR test results is required for all countries. All travellers from the United Kingdom, Ethiopia, Kenya, South Africa, South Sudan, Tanzania, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates and the United States are required to undergo PCR testing at the border at their own expense, including at Entebbe International Airport. The cost of the PCR test will be up $65.
Quarantine Required: Depends
Quarantine Details: Travelers showing symptoms of COVID-19 will be tested upon arrival and required to quarantine until results are in.

Local Restrictions

Lockdown in Effect: Partial
Events: Partially Allowed
Transport: Operational with restrictions
Shopping: Open
Restaurants and Bars: Open with restrictions
 

Detailed Travel Advisory

Published 25.10.2021
1. Suspension of visa on arrival facilities for passengers with a normal passport.
2. Passengers must have a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken at most 72 hours before departure from the first embarkation point.
– This does not apply to passengers who are 3 years or younger.
3. Until 26 October 2021, passengers arriving from Ethiopia, Kenya, South Africa, South Sudan, Tanzania, Turkey, USA, United Arab Emirates or United Kingdom are subject to a COVID-19 PCR test upon arrival at their own expense.
– This does not apply to passengers with a COVID-19 vaccination certificate showing that they were fully vaccinated and are asymptomatic.
4. Until 26 October 2021, passengers arriving from India are subject to a COVID-19 PCR test upon arrival at their own expense.
5. Effective 27 October 2021, passengers and airline crew are subject to a COVID-19 PCR test upon arrival at their own expense.
– This does not apply to:
– passengers younger than 6 years;
– airline crew with a COVID-19 vaccination certificate showing that they were fully vaccinated.
5. Passengers and airline crew are subject to medical screening.
6. Airline crew must have a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken at most 14 days before departure from the first embarkation point.

 

Detailed Tourist Information

New entry requirements requiring all passengers to undergo mandatory PCR testing on arrival, which were due to begin on 3 September, have been postponed until 17 September.

All arriving passengers are required to provide a negative COVID-19 test certificate issued no more than 72 hours before boarding the aircraft to Uganda or crossing land borders. Foreign nationals without a valid negative test certificate will be denied entry. Until 17th of September 2021 children aged three and under are exempt when accompanying parents arrive with a negative test certificate.

Travellers from the United Kingdom, Ethiopia, India, Kenya, South Africa, South Sudan, Tanzania, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates and the United States who enter Uganda before 3 September are also required to undergo PCR testing at the border at their own expense, including at Entebbe International Airport. This applies unless they have received their full COVID-19 vaccination, can provide evidence of this and show no COVID-19 symptoms.

From the 3rd of September all travellers (including children aged three and under), irrespective of country of origin or vaccination status, will be required to provide a negative COVID-19 test certificate on arrival and additionally undergo PCR testing (at their own expense) on arrival at all points of entry including at Entebbe International Airport.

The cost of the PCR test on arrival is $65. Passengers who arrive by air will be taken from the airport to a nearby testing site. Test results will take up to 4 hours. Travellers have the option of waiting at the testing site for their results or checking into a designated hotel at their own expense. Adults over the age of 18 who test positive will be taken to a Ministry of Health designated COVID-19 isolation facility. Children under 18 who test positive will be allowed to undergo home quarantine with their parent or guardian.

From the 20th of August 2021 passengers who have been in India in the previous 14 days are permitted entry into Uganda and are also subject to the measures above.

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

 

Lockdown Details

A nationwide curfew is enforced from 7:00pm to 5:30am. Note that arriving and departing airline passengers will be exempt curfew restrictions when their flights take place during curfew hours.  However, drivers should have with them documentary evidence of their connection to passengers arriving at or departing from the airport in order to facilitate passage through police checkpoints enforcing the nationwide curfew.

Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel? Yes.

Public transportation may operate at 50% capacity observing SOPs.

Private interdistrict transport is permitted with no more than 3 passengers in a vehicle.

Cargo trucks (with no more than two people) and registered tourist vehicles will be permitted to move between districts.

When in public, wearing of masks is required and individuals are expected to maintain social distancing at all times.
 

Sources

https://ug.usembassy.gov/covid-19-information-page/
Data Source: covidcontrols.co