Uganda COVID update

Travel to Uganda – Updated 21st May 2021

If you are travelling to Uganda, you are required to take a COVID 19 PCR test before departure.

Passengers travelling from the USA, United Kingdom, United Arab Emirates, Turkey, South Africa, Ethiopia, Kenya, South Sudan and Tanzania should consider postponing non essential travel to Uganda.

In addition to the mandatory negative COVID 19 PCR test with a 120 hour validity upon arrival in Uganda, passengers from these countries, including Ugandan nationals, are subject to a COVID 19 PCR test at their point of entry, including at Entebbe International Airport.

Testing of incoming travellers will be carried out upon arrival at the airport at a cost of USD 65 at the traveller’s expense.

Exemptions:
Passengers who have received their full COVID 19 vaccination will be allowed into the country without the need for testing on arrival.

Travel update for passengers travelling from India to Uganda

Effective 1 May 2021, all passenger flights between Uganda and India are suspended until further notice, and all passengers who have been in India or travelled through India in the past 14 days regardless of their route of travel are not permitted to enter Uganda.

Exemptions from the suspension

  • Cargo flights where crew do not disembark
  • Technical stops where travellers do not disembark
  • Aircraft in a state of emergency
  • Operations related to humanitarian aid, medical evacuation and diplomatic flights approved by the Appropriate Authority
  • Nationals returning home after medical treatment in India

COVID 19 testing requirements

Passengers must have a negative COVID 19 PCR test done within 120 hours before arrival in Uganda, and must not display any signs and symptoms of any infectious disease before boarding.

The COVID 19 PCR test must be taken at a laboratory approved by the country where the passenger’s journey starts.
A passenger who shows signs and symptoms of an infectious disease on arrival will be taken to an isolation centre.

If a passenger tests positive for COVID 19 he/she will be taken to a COVID 19 treatment centre, or repatriated for treatment outside Uganda at their own cost following COVID 19 medical evacuation procedures.

Parents/legal guardians who are travelling with a child between the age of 3 and 12 need to present a negative COVID 19 PCR test result.

Exemptions
Babies/infants 3 years and below are allowed to travel without a COVID 19 PCR test as long as the legal guardians/parents carry a negative COVID 19 PCR test result.

Quarantine
There is no mandatory quarantine requirement for passengers who have a valid negative COVID 19 PCR test certificate on arrival and do not show any symptoms of COVID 19.

Travel from Uganda

If you are travelling from Uganda, you are required to take a COVID 19 PCR test and present additional documentation at check in. Please check the requirements of your specific destination before travel.

COVID 19 testing requirements

Passengers travelling from Uganda must take a COVID 19 PCR test within 72 hours of boarding at approved testing facilities. Currently, the average fee is USD 65 per test.

Parents/legal guardians who are travelling with a child between the age of 3 and 12 need to present a negative COVID 19 PCR test result.

Exemptions
Babies/infants 3 years and below are allowed to travel without a COVID 19 PCR test as long as the legal guardians/parents carry a negative COVID 19 PCR test result.

Quarantine
Passenger are advised to enter the airport terminal building 4 hours before departure of the flight.
All incoming and outgoing passengers will be subject to temperature screening.

All persons accessing the airport must wear face masks, disinfect and maintain at least 1.5 metres physical distance.