COVID19 UPDATE

Border-less Travel resumed normal safari services for our clients as soon as the Uganda government opened the national Parks for tourist activity and the borders on October 1st 2020. It is important to be aware of the following international arrival guidelines in response to covid19 for your next safari to Uganda with us. Entebbe International Airport re-opened on 1 October 2020. Land borders have also re-opened. New COVID-19 standard operating procedures (SOPs) are in place for arriving and departing passengers.

On arrival at Entebbe International Airport and at land border crossings, travellers will need to provide a negative COVID-19 test certificate issued no more than 120 hours before boarding the aircraft. Airlines have been directed not to allow passengers without a negative test certificate to travel. Foreign national passengers who arrive without a valid negative test certificate will be denied entry.

Infants aged three and under are exempt as long as the accompanying parents have a negative test certificate. With effect from 19 December 2020, 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, in order to avoid crowding. Vehicles with more than the authorised number of people will not be allowed access to the airport.

Testing/Screening on Arrival

Arriving passengers will be subject to temperature checks and will be screened for infectious diseases by the Port Health Authorities. If a passenger shows signs or symptoms of any infectious disease they will be taken by ambulance to a local isolation centre to undergo a COVID-19 test at their own cost. Test results will be returned within 24 to 48 hours; passengers will be expected to remain at the isolation centre until the test results are returned. If a foreign national test 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 120 hours before travel. The 120 hours begin on the day the sample is collected for testing. 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 centre. 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. There are a number of public and private COVID-19 test centres in Uganda. For further information, please see the government COVID-19 Response website. https://www.health.go.ug/covid/

Departing passengers will be required to wear a face mask inside the terminal and will be subject to temperature checks. Social distancing will also be in place 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.

Passengers travelling on flights departing during curfew hours (9 pm to 6 am) will be allowed to travel to the airport upon the presentation of a valid ticket.

Please note that masks are required in all public places whilst in Uganda.

Regular entry requirements

Visas 

You’ll need a visa to enter Uganda. You can apply for a visa at the Ugandan High Commission in your country or apply online for an ‘e-visa’. You can find full details of how to apply on the website - https://visas.immigration.go.ug/ You should give yourself sufficient time to apply for a visa and make sure when applying that the start date and validity cover the period you wish to travel. You can also apply for an East African Tourist Visa. This is valid for 90 days and allows multiple entry into Kenya, Rwanda and Uganda.

You can apply for this visa on the ‘e-visa’ website. Immigration offices in Uganda have now been re-opened. The Ministry of Internal Affairs has advised that fines accrued for overstaying visa or permits from 18 March to 9 June 2020 are waived. Discretion to waive fines outside of this period lies with the Commissioner of Immigration. Cases will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Foreign nationals can submit an enquiry via the Directorate’s web-based form. For more information about entry requirements, visit the Ugandan Directorate of Citizenship and Immigration Control website.

Passport Validity

Your passport should be valid for a minimum period of 6 months from the date of entry into Uganda.

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We run African safaris through Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania and Rwanda, to the amazing mountain gorilla trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and the Virunga Mountains. 

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