Uganda & COVID-19 - Travel Advice & Things To Know

COVID-19 Updates

Why you should visit Uganda now! 

We encourage you to book and travel to Uganda now more than ever. The people need it, gorilla protection is under pressure due to lack of income from tourism, and having such iconic parks as Queen Elizabeth to yourself is a once in a lifetime opportunity.

Its perfectly possible to have a normal road trip experience in Uganda. Restaurants, hotels and campsites are open as normally. Good to know that lodges offer great discount prices and the Natural Parks of Uganda see much fewer tourists adding to the wildlife experience. Moreover, it will be very easy to apply social distancing over-here when going on a self-drive safari and camping in the bush. Do we need to say more?

Read below about the latest COVID updates and practicalities and Roadtrip Africa's no risk payment terms.

Uganda entry requirements and corona travel regulations

Since the 1st of October 2020, Uganda has opened its international airports and land borders and travellers from overseas don’t have to go in quarantine. Since, we have received hundreds of Roadtrippers in Uganda. 

  • Just like traveling to any other country, you will need a visa before you enter Uganda.This can no longer be done on arrival. You need to apply for your visa online, here.
  • All travellers aged 5 years and older, irrespective of vaccination status or country of origin, are required to arrive with a negative PCR test, based on a sample not older than 72 hours (3 days).
  • On arrival, all travellers aged 6 years and older are required to do a mandatory PCR test at a standardised fee of $ 30. This test must be registered and paid for in advance using this link. The results shall be communicated to you by email and WhatsApp and come out within 2,5 hours latest. In the meantime, you are allowed to proceed to your hotel and wait for the results.  
  • There is an evening curfew between 19:00 – 05:30, but you only notice this in Kampala. When staying in a lodge outside of the city, you will not be bothered by the curfew. 
  • When entering a public space like a supermarket or government building, wearing a face mask is required, you have to sanitise your hands and your temperature will be scanned.
  • When going to a restaurant or sitting at a terrace, you don't need to wear a face mask. Good to know, most restaurants and terraces are partly or fully all fresco, with plenty of air flow.
  • All travellers departing from Uganda, aged 3 years and older, are required to show a negative PCR test result, based on a sample not older than 72 hours (3 days) between sample collection and boarding.

Where can I get a PCR test done in Uganda?

Getting a PCR test and/ or rapid antigen test done in Uganda is easy. There are reputable laboratories who offer walk in, drive through or even at home testing service. We recommend TestXpress and Test and Fly.  Labs are open 24/7, appointments can easily be made online, and same day results are possible. 

Roadtrip Africa flexible booking and no risk payment terms

We accept online payments by Credit Card, Bank transfer, or Ideal (Dutch customer only). No down payments required. Online payments should be made in full latest 14 days before departure date. In case you are not able to come because of COVID -19, you can cancel your booking and we refund 100% of the payment, on presentation of your positive PCR sample /rapid test.