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🦠 Uganda COVID-19 travel requirements

Last updated: 11 October 2021, 14:07 (GMT +4)

Travel to Uganda

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

Effective 3 July 2021, visa on arrival services in Uganda are suspended for majority of countries. All travellers holding ordinary passports from countries whose citizens are required to have visas to enter Uganda will be required to apply for visas online prior to travel, and will receive an approved notification that they must print and carry with them as travel authorisation.

Exempted countries are:

  • Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Burundi, Comoros, Cuba, Cyprus, Eritrea, Fiji, Gambia, Ghana, Grenada, Ireland, Jamaica, Kenya, Lesotho, Libya, Madagascar, Malawi, Malaysia, Malta, Mauritius, Rwanda, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Solomon Island, St. Vincent & the Grenadines, Swaziland, Tanzania, Tonga, Trinidad & Tobago, Vanuatu, Zambia, Zimbabwe

In addition to the mandatory negative COVID-19 PCR test which has to be done within 72 hours before departure from the first embarkation point, 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.

Travel update for passengers travelling from India

Passengers travelling from India are required to have a negative COVID19 PCR test done 72 hours prior to travel, and they will be subjected to mandatory PCR testing upon arrival irrespective of the vaccination status, at their own cost.

COVID-19 testing requirements

Passengers must have a negative COVID-19 PCR test done within 72 hours before departure from the first embarkation point. The 72 hours start when the sample is collected, and passengers 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.

The COVID-19 PCR requirement also applies to vaccinated passengers.

Effective 17 September 2021, all passengers will also be subjected to mandatory PCR testing upon arrival, at a cost of USD 65, irrespective of their vaccination status, at their own cost.

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 might be 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 to the UAE as a final destination or using Dubai Connect:

  • Passengers travelling from Uganda on Emirates must take a COVID-19 PCR test within 48 hours of boarding at approved testing facilities. Currently, the average fee is USD 65 per test. The test certificate must include a QR code.
  • Parents/legal guardians who are travelling with a child between 3 and 12 years old need to present a negative COVID 19 PCR test result.
  • Passengers must also present a rapid PCR test report with a QR code for a test conducted at the departure airport within six hours of departure. Please note the timing for the rapid test facility at the airport is 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM local time. There will be no sample collection after 12:30 PM.

Passengers transiting through Dubai must present a negative COVID 19 PCR test certificate for a test taken no more than 72 hours before departure.

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.

Other information

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.

Travelling to, from and through Dubai

If you re travelling to, from or transiting through Dubai, please check our Travel requirements for Dubai.