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Uganda travel restrictions

Open for citizens: partial Open for foreigners: no Open for tourism: no Quarantine: yes
Flight Restrictions

published 26.06.2020
1. Flights to Uganda are suspended.
– This does not apply to humanitarian, medevac and repatriation flights.
2. Passengers are subject to medical screening and quarantine.
3. Airline crew are subject to quarantine for 14 days.

Quarantine

Everyone arriving will be subject to 14 days mandatory quarantine, and will be placed in a government designated hospital or hotel at their own expense. At the end of this period they will be tested for coronavirus (COVID-19) and if negative will be required to self-isolate at home.

Insurance
Certification

COVID-19 negative certification not required / not known

Vaccination

Yellow fever (2018)
Country requirement at entry: a yellow fever vaccination certificate is required for all travellers aged 1 year
or over.
WHO vaccination recommendation: yes

Malaria (2018)
Malaria risk due predominantly to P. falciparum exists throughout the year in the entire country.
WHO recommended prevention: C

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  • Uganda UN Staff: Humanitarian staff on official mission will be able to enter, subject to the approval of their UN Agency Protocol office and head of UN agency in country, who will seek to request the relevant authorization from the national authorities through an invitation letter. The same process might not apply to Ugandan nationals returning to their own country as it is stated in the Government’s guidelines that they will not be allowed to entry.

    1. Flights to Uganda are suspended.
    – This does not apply to:
    – aircraft in a state of emergency;
    – operations related to humanitarian aid, medical and relief flights;
    – technical landings where passengers do not disembark and
    – safety-related operation flights.
    2. Airline crew are subject to quarantine.

    *****

    Internal restrictions:

    A curfew is in place from 7pm to 6:30am until further notice. Only cargo transport and security vehicles are exempt during curfew hours.
    Some sectors allowed to resume operations include agriculture, construction, wholesalers, mechanical repair workshops, hardware workshops, metal and wood workshops, warehouses, insurance, and restaurants operating with takeaway services. In addition, 30 lawyers will be designated to handle urgent legal and criminal matters. All these sectors are required to operate based on social distancing measures which include staying two metres apart between sellers and customers while four meters apart between customers, and not using air-conditioning in stores instead using natural air. Wearing a cloth face mask is also mandatory when outside your house/accommodation. Educational institutions and religious assemblies remain suspended. Public transport is suspended, and the movement of private vehicles for non-essential businesses is also prohibited during the lockdown. Bicycle and motorcycle taxis (boda-bodas) are permitted to operate before 14.00. Those with emergent medical conditions can use private transport after applying for permission from Resident City Commissioners. Those living in the Greater Kampala area can apply for permission from the local chairpersons in their area. Government staff will remain at home during the lockdown, with the exception of military, police and health and utility sector employees, while essential private services will also continue to operate. Public gatherings of more than five people are banned, including gatherings at a residence that involve the consumption of alcoholic beverages. The security forces are permitted to search residences on suspicion of such activity.

    *****

    Relaxation of restrictions:

    Shopping malls are allowed to open from 4 June. Supermarkets, pharmacies and shops outside shopping malls and arcades are allowed to open. Hotels and restaurants are open with social distancing measures in place and food delivery services (such as Jumia) remain operational outside of curfew hours.
    Movement by personal vehicles is permitted (except in some districts with an international border) but limited to 4 people per car (including the driver) and they must all wear masks if there is more than one person in the vehicle.
    Travel by public transport (including minibus taxis, buses, coaches, passenger trains) is allowed from 4 June at 50% occupancy, except in some districts with an international border. Tuk tuks and boda bodas (motorbike taxis) are still not allowed to carry passengers.

    Read more
    24.06.2020
  • Uganda President will start easing COVID-19 lockdown measures starting 2 June (Reuters, 19.05.2020)

    *****UN Staff: Humanitarian staff on official mission will be able to enter, subject to the approval of their UN Agency Protocol office and head of UN agency in country, who will seek to request the relevant authorization from the national authorities through an invitation letter. The same process might not apply to Ugandan nationals returning to their own country as it is stated in the Government’s guidelines that they will not be allowed to entry.

    1. Flights to Uganda are suspended.
    – This does not apply to:
    – aircraft in a state of emergency;
    – operations related to humanitarian aid, medical and relief flights;
    – technical landings where passengers do not disembark and
    – safety-related operation flights.
    2. Airline crew are subject to quarantine.

    *****

    Internal restrictions:

    A curfew is in place from 7pm to 6:30am until 23 June.
    Some sectors allowed to resume operations include agriculture, construction, wholesalers, mechanical repair workshops, hardware workshops, metal and wood workshops, warehouses, insurance, and restaurants operating with takeaway services. In addition, 30 lawyers will be designated to handle urgent legal and criminal matters. All these sectors are required to operate based on social distancing measures which include staying two metres apart between sellers and customers while four meters apart between customers, and not using air-conditioning in stores instead using natural air. Wearing a cloth face mask is also mandatory when outside your house/accommodation. Educational institutions and religious assemblies remain suspended. Public transport is suspended, and the movement of private vehicles for non-essential businesses is also prohibited during the lockdown. Bicycle and motorcycle taxis (boda-bodas) are permitted to operate before 14.00. Those with emergent medical conditions can use private transport after applying for permission from Resident City Commissioners. Those living in the Greater Kampala area can apply for permission from the local chairpersons in their area. Government staff will remain at home during the lockdown, with the exception of military, police and health and utility sector employees, while essential private services will also continue to operate. Public gatherings of more than five people are banned, including gatherings at a residence that involve the consumption of alcoholic beverages. The security forces are permitted to search residences on suspicion of such activity.

    *****

    Relaxation of restrictions:

    Shopping malls are allowed to open from 4 June. Supermarkets, pharmacies and shops outside shopping malls and arcades are allowed to open. Hotels and restaurants are open with social distancing measures in place and food delivery services (such as Jumia) remain operational outside of curfew hours.
    Public transport and most private vehicles would still remain prohibited, however – meaning that workers for reopened businesses will have to commute either by bicycle or on foot.

    Read more
    17.06.2020
  • Uganda President will start easing COVID-19 lockdown measures starting 2 June (Reuters, 19.05.2020)

    UN Staff: Humanitarian staff on official mission will be able to enter, subject to the approval of their UN Agency Protocol office and head of UN agency in country, who will seek to request the relevant authorization from the national authorities through an invitation letter. The same process might not apply to Ugandan nationals returning to their own country as it is stated in the Government’s guidelines that they will not be allowed to entry.

    1. Flights to Uganda are suspended.
    – This does not apply to:
    – aircraft in a state of emergency;
    – operations related to humanitarian aid, medical and relief flights;
    – technical landings where passengers do not disembark and
    – safety-related operation flights.
    2. Airline crew are subject to quarantine.

    All land boarders are closed until 3 June.

    Internal restrictions:

    Some sectors allowed to resume operations include agriculture, construction, wholesalers, mechanical repair workshops, hardware workshops, metal and wood workshops, warehouses, insurance, and restaurants operating with takeaway services. In addition, 30 lawyers will be designated to handle urgent legal and criminal matters. All these sectors are required to operate based on social distancing measures which include staying two metres apart between sellers and customers while four meters apart between customers, and not using air-conditioning in stores instead using natural air. Wearing a cloth face mask is also mandatory while in public. Educational institutions and religious assemblies remain suspended. Public transport is suspended, and the movement of private vehicles for non-essential businesses is also prohibited during the lockdown. Bicycle and motorcycle taxis (boda-bodas) are permitted to operate before 14.00. Those with emergent medical conditions can use private transport after applying for permission from Resident City Commissioners. Those living in the Greater Kampala area can apply for permission from the local chairpersons in their area. Government staff will remain at home during the lockdown, with the exception of military, police and health and utility sector employees, while essential private services will also continue to operate. Public gatherings of more than five people are banned, including gatherings at a residence that involve the consumption of alcoholic beverages. The security forces are permitted to search residences on suspicion of such activity.

    Relaxation of restrictions:

    Businesses including hardware shops, restaurants, wholesale stores and others will now be allowed to reopen. (Reuters, 05.05.2020)
    Public transport and most private vehicles would still remain prohibited, however – meaning that workers for reopened businesses will have to commute either by bicycle or on foot.

    Read more
    01.06.2020
  • Uganda President will start easing COVID-19 lockdown measures starting 2 June (Reuters, 19.05.2020) UN Staff: Humanitarian staff on official mission will be able to enter, subject to the approval of their UN Agency Protocol office and head of UN agency in country, who will seek to request the relevant authorization from the national authorities through an invitation letter. The same process might not apply to Ugandan nationals returning to their own country as it is stated in the Government’s guidelines that they will not be allowed to entry. 1. Flights to Uganda are suspended. – This does not apply to: – aircraft in a state of emergency; – operations related to humanitarian aid, medical and relief flights; – technical landings where passengers do not disembark and – safety-related operation flights. 2. Airline crew are subject to quarantine. All land boarders are closed until 3 June.

    Internal restrictions:

    Some sectors allowed to resume operations include agriculture, construction, wholesalers, mechanical repair workshops, hardware workshops, metal and wood workshops, warehouses, insurance, and restaurants operating with takeaway services. In addition, 30 lawyers will be designated to handle urgent legal and criminal matters. All these sectors are required to operate based on social distancing measures which include staying two metres apart between sellers and customers while four meters apart between customers, and not using air-conditioning in stores instead using natural air. Wearing a cloth face mask is also mandatory while in public. Educational institutions and religious assemblies remain suspended. Public transport is suspended, and the movement of private vehicles for non-essential businesses is also prohibited during the lockdown. Bicycle and motorcycle taxis (boda-bodas) are permitted to operate before 14.00. Those with emergent medical conditions can use private transport after applying for permission from Resident City Commissioners. Those living in the Greater Kampala area can apply for permission from the local chairpersons in their area. Government staff will remain at home during the lockdown, with the exception of military, police and health and utility sector employees, while essential private services will also continue to operate. Public gatherings of more than five people are banned, including gatherings at a residence that involve the consumption of alcoholic beverages. The security forces are permitted to search residences on suspicion of such activity.

    Relaxation of restrictions:

    Businesses including hardware shops, restaurants, wholesale stores and others will now be allowed to reopen. (Reuters, 05.05.2020) Public transport and most private vehicles would still remain prohibited, however – meaning that workers for reopened businesses will have to commute either by bicycle or on foot.

    Read more
    27.05.2020
  • Uganda Current locksdown extended until 5 May (Reuters, 14.04.2020)

    1. All international flights to Uganda are suspended.
    This does not apply to:
    a. aircraft in a state of emergency;
    b. operations related to humanitarian aid, medical and relief flights;
    c. technical landings where passengers do not disembark;
    d. safety-related operation flights.
    2. Airline crew members must undergo mandatory quarantine at Protea Hotel Entebbe.

    All land boarders are closed. No individual will be allowed to enter or depart Uganda by air, land, or water except for specific cargo vehicles which must follow strict Ministry of Health procedures.

    Internal restrictions:

    A nationwide lockdown is extended until 19 May. A nightly curfew is in effect between 19.00 and 06.30 (local time). Some sectors allowed to resume operations include agriculture, construction, wholesalers, mechanical repair workshops, hardware workshops, metal and wood workshops, warehouses, insurance, and restaurants operating with takeaway services. In addition, 30 lawyers will be designated to handle urgent legal and criminal matters. All these sectors are required to operate based on social distancing measures which include staying two metres apart between sellers and customers while four meters apart between customers, and not using air-conditioning in stores instead using natural air. Wearing a cloth face mask is also mandatory while in public. Educational institutions and religious assemblies remain suspended. Public transport is suspended, and the movement of private vehicles for non-essential businesses is also prohibited during the lockdown. Bicycle and motorcycle taxis (boda-bodas) are permitted to operate before 14.00. Those with emergent medical conditions can use private transport after applying for permission from Resident City Commissioners. Those living in the Greater Kampala area can apply for permission from the local chairpersons in their area. Government staff will remain at home during the lockdown, with the exception of military, police and health and utility sector employees, while essential private services will also continue to operate. Public gatherings of more than five people are banned, including gatherings at a residence that involve the consumption of alcoholic beverages. The security forces are permitted to search residences on suspicion of such activity.

    Relaxation of restrictions:

    Businesses including hardware shops, restaurants, wholesale stores and others will now be allowed to reopen. (Reuters, 05.05.2020)
    Public transport and most private vehicles would still remain prohibited, however – meaning that workers for reopened businesses will have to commute either by bicycle or on foot.

    Read more
    10.05.2020
  • Source [https://www.osac.gov/Content/Report/0d6157d4-62ee-415d-97c7-1848a5650d7f]
    [https://pandemic.internationalsos.com/2019-ncov/ncov-travel-restrictions-flight-operations-and-screening]
    [https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/uganda/entry-requirements]
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