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Uganda travel restrictions

Open for citizens: partial Open for foreigners: no Open for tourism: no Quarantine: yes
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Open for travel from Uganda
Crossing Rules
  • Passengers are not permitted to enter Uganda.
  • Passengers will be subject to a Covid-19 PCR test on arrival if they have travelled from a country affected by the outbreak of novel coronavirus.
  • Passengers must quarantine for 14 days on arrival in Uganda.
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

Self-isolation at own accommodation- subject to PCR.

There will be no requirement to self-isolate. Ugandan nationals who arrive with a negative COVID-19 test will be allowed to proceed straight to their homes. It is not yet clear whether they will be required to self-isolate at home for 14 days or not.

Insurance
Certification

COVID-19 negative certification is required for entering the country.

On arrival, tourists and business visitors will need to provide a negative COVID-19 test dated no more than 72 hours before their date of arrival.

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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Full Restrictions

  • Uganda Latest News: President reopens country’s international airport, land borders to tourists; negative COVID-19 test required (Anadolu Agency, 21.09.2020). International flights will resume at Entebbe International Airport on 1 October (Xinhua, 09.09.2020). Fresh lockdown looms after resurge of COVID-19 cases; public transport shutdown expected (All Africa, 18.08.2020).

    International Restrictions:
    On 20 September, the President announced that Entebbe International Airport will be reopening, though the exact date of re-opening is not yet confirmed.
    On arrival, tourists and business visitors will need to provide a negative COVID-19 test dated no more than 72 hours before their date of arrival. Tour operators and local partners will need to ensure that passengers proceed directly to their place of stay and do not mix with Ugandans. There will be no requirement to self-isolate. Ugandan nationals who arrive with a negative COVID-19 test will be allowed to proceed straight to their homes. It is not yet clear whether they will be required to self-isolate at home for 14 days or not.

    Internal Restrictions:
    The Ugandan authorities have introduced measures to limit the spread of coronavirus. On 20 September, internal lockdown measures were relaxed:
    It is mandatory for everyone aged 6 or above to wear a face mask when outside your house. Further guidance is available from the Ministry of Health
    • A curfew remains in place from 9pm to 6am.
    • Movement by personal vehicles is now permitted in all districts including those with an international border, but is still 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 now allowed in all except. Tuk tuks and boda bodas (motorbike taxis) are allowed to carry passengers but must stop operating by 6pm.
    • Gatherings of more than 5 people are still prohibited. Public exercise is still banned.
    • Shopping malls and arcades, supermarkets, pharmacies, hairdressers and salons are open. Casinos, gaming centres, cinemas, and bars remain closed.
    • Hotels and restaurants are open with social distancing measures in place and food delivery services remain operational outside of curfew hours.
    • Places of worship are allowed to reopen but with some restrictions in place.
    • Open air sports are now allowed without spectators. Indoor sports activities including gyms remain closed.

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    21.09.2020
  • Uganda Latest News: International flights will resume at Entebbe International Airport on 1 October (Xinhua, 09.09.2020). Fresh lockdown looms after resurge of COVID-19 cases; public transport shutdown expected (All Africa, 18.08.2020).

    International Restrictions:
    All international passenger flights to and from Uganda have been suspended and the Kampala- Entebbe Airport remains closed. Cargo flights are permitted, but crew must observe strict guidelines including screening measures. 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. Land borders and lake ports (except for truck drivers and a crew of 1 person) are also closed. No date has yet been given for the re-opening of the airport or the land borders. 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.
    On departure, you may be required to provide a negative COVID-19 test certificate, dated no more than 72 hours before your time of departure. Please check with your airline in advance of travel for the latest guidance. There are a number of public and private COVID-19 tests centres in Uganda. For further information, please see the government COVID-19 Response website.

    Internal Restrictions:
    The Ugandan authorities have introduced measures to limit the spread of coronavirus. On 22 June 2020, some internal lockdown measures were extended indefinitely: It is mandatory for everyone aged 6 or above to wear a face mask when outside your house. Further guidance is available from the Ministry of Health website. The daily curfew has been revised to currently 9:00 pm to 5:30 am. 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 now allowed to carry passengers. Only cargo transport and security vehicles are exempt during curfew hours.
    Gatherings of more than 5 people are prohibited. Public exercise is banned. Shopping arcades are now open. Shopping malls are allowed to open from 4 June. Supermarkets, pharmacies and shops outside shopping malls and arcades are 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.

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    15.09.2020
  • Uganda Curfew revised, salons, business arcades allowed to open, boda boda taxis to be back this week (Yenisafak, 22.07.2020).

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    International restrictions:

    All international passenger flights to and from Uganda have been suspended and the Kampala- Entebbe Airport remains closed. Cargo flights are permitted, but crew must observe strict guidelines including screening measures. 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. Land borders and lake ports (except for truck drivers and a crew of 1 person) are also closed. No date has yet been given for the re-opening of the airport or the land borders. 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.

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    Internal restrictions:

    The Ugandan authorities have introduced measures to limit the spread of coronavirus. On 22 June 2020, some internal lockdown measures were extended indefinitely: It is mandatory for everyone aged 6 or above to wear a face mask when outside your house. Further guidance is available from the Ministry of Health website [https://www.health.go.ug/covid/document/guidelines-for-the-use-of-masks/]. The daily curfew has been revised to currently 9:00 pm to 5:30 am. 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 now allowed to carry passengers. Only cargo transport and security vehicles are exempt during curfew hours.
    Gatherings of more than 5 people are prohibited. Public exercise is banned. Shopping arcades are now open. Shopping malls are allowed to open from 4 June. Supermarkets, pharmacies and shops outside shopping malls and arcades are 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.

    Read more
    22.07.2020
  • 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.

    *****

    International restrictions:

    All international passenger flights to and from Uganda have been suspended. Cargo flights are permitted, but crew must observe strict guidelines including screening measures. Land borders and lake ports (except for truck drivers and a crew of 1 person) are also closed. No date has yet been given for the re-opening of the airport or the land borders. 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.

    *****

    Internal restrictions:

    The Ugandan authorities have introduced measures to limit the spread of coronavirus. On 22 June 2020, some internal lockdown measures were extended indefinitely: It is mandatory for everyone aged 6 or above to wear a face mask when outside your house. Further guidance is available from the Ministry of Health website [https://www.health.go.ug/covid/document/guidelines-for-the-use-of-masks/]. A curfew remains in place from 7pm to 6:30am. 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. Vehicles delivering goods and food, and ambulances, security, refuse and government vehicles are exempt where restrictions apply. Only cargo transport and security vehicles are exempt during curfew hours.
    Gatherings of more than 5 people are prohibited. Public exercise is banned. Shopping arcades are closed. 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.

    Read more
    13.07.2020
  • 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.

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    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.

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    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 OSAC Travel Advisories/
    Foreign travel advice, Gov.UK/
    US State Dept. COVID-19 Country Specific Information/
    Government of Uganda/
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