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Travel tips for Uganda

Top 5 Experiences

The Pearl of Africa, as Uganda is also known, offers a variety of experiences – from gorilla tracking and safari to mountain trekking and cultural encounters. Highlights include:

Great Apes

Home to the largest number of mountain gorillas in the world. Standing eye to eye with the gentle giants in Bwindi Impenetrable or Mgahinga National Park is a real highlight. Also a visit to the chimpanzees – our closest relatives – in Kibale Forest should not be missing

Safari

Uganda has an extremely diverse wildlife, including the Big Five (lion, elephant, leopard, buffalo, rhino) as well as cheetahs, zebras, giraffes, antelopes and many more. The best places for a wildlife encounter are Queen Elizabeth, Murchison Falls and Kidepo National Park

Active Tours

The pearl of Africa offers everything the outdoor heart desires: mountain tours, white-water rafting, bungee jumping or horseback riding. Trekking and mountain hiking fans will get their money’s worth in the Rwenzori Mountains or Mount Elgon National Park, adrenaline junkies will find a variety of exciting activities around Jinja.

Cultural Heritage

65 indigenous communities and tribes with unique cultural heritage, lifestyles and history – this is Uganda, a country with one of the greatest cultural diversities.

World of Birds

With over 1,067 bird species, Uganda is the country with the richest world of birds in Africa and a paradise not only for ornithologists. Among the most exotic species are the shoebill, the rwenzori, the giant turaco, the African rush rail and the broad kite.

Tourist infrastructure

The airport in Entebbe is the starting and end point of all connections, whereby Uganda can only be reached from Europe with a stopover. The tourist infrastructure has been improved continuously over the last years. For example, some of the busiest tourist roads have been paved to shorten travel time between attractions. However, most of the roads still have a gravel or dirt surface. The hotel industry has also made great strides, and there are now hotels for a variety of needs in all of the national parks and along the hiking trails.

Climate and travel season

Due to its location on the equator, Uganda has a tropical climate with moderate temperatures all year round. In the central part of the country, temperatures range between 15 and 27° Celsius, in the north it is much warmer. The country is characterized by two rainy seasons: the big rainy season in April/May and the small rainy season in November/December. Due to the sometimes large water masses that fall during this time, Uganda is a very green country for Africa.

The best time to travel is along the dry season from June to October, although isolated rain showers must be expected all year round.

Visa and entry

Germans, Austrians and Swiss need a passport and a visa to enter Uganda. The passport must be valid for at least six months and contain at least two free double pages. The visa must be applied for online at https://visas.immigration.go.ug/. After successful verification, the applicant will receive an „Entry Permit“, which must be carried in printed form upon entry.

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Uganda has been awarded by the Safer Tourism organisation. The „Pearl of Africa“ fulfils all relevant regulations and is, thus, well prepared for the resumption of tourism.

  • Information on entry:

    Entry into Uganda is possible again for tourists from Germany, Austria and Switzerland via the Kampala-Entebbe International Airport. In addition to the air route, all border crossings to neighboring countries are also open to passenger traffic. The prerequisite for entry and exit is the submission of a negative PCR test, which must not be older than 72 hours. All travellers are required to take another PCR test at one’s own cost upon arrival at the airport. No further travel to Uganda would be permitted until the second test result has been submitted. The cost for a test at the place is $ 30. Further details on the conduct of the tests will be announced by the Uganda Aviation Authority. More information can also be found on the website of the Ugandan Ministry of Health.

Für Einreisende in die Bundesrepublik Deutschland, die sich in den letzten 10 Tagen vor Einreise in einem Risikogebiet aufgehalten haben, besteht seit dem 08. November 2020 die Pflicht, sich unverzüglich in eine zehntägige Quarantäne zu begeben. Darüber hinaus müssen Reisende vor ihrer Ankunft in Deutschland ihre Einreise unter https://www.einreiseanmeldung.de ➝ anmelden und den Nachweis über die entsprechende Anmeldung mit sich führen. Nach frühestens fünf Tagen können sich die Reiserückkehrer Covid-19 Test unterziehen. Mit einem anschließenden Negativergebnis kann die Quarantänepflicht frühzeitig beendet werden.

ACHTUNG: Wer sich in den letzten 10 Tagen vor Einreise in Deutschland in einem Hochinzidenz-Gebiet oder einem Virusvarianten-Gebiet aufgehalten hat, muss bereits bei Einreise einen ärztlichen Nachweis oder ein negatives Testergebnis bei sich tragen und diesen bei Aufforderung der zuständigen Behörden vorlegen können. Der Test darf nicht älter als 48 Stunden vor Einreise sein. Darüber hinaus ist das negative Testergebnis auch vor Antritt der Rückreise dem entsprechenden Beförderer vorzulegen. Sollte es den Einreisenden aus etwaigen Gründen in einem Hochinzidenzgebiet oder einem Virusvarianten-Gebiet nicht möglich sein, sich vor Abreise testen zu lassen, können die entsprechenden Beförderer vor Abreise einen Schnelltest durchführen und bei Negativergebnis die Beförderung vornehmen. Der Beförderer darf den Test maximal 12 Stunden vor Abreise durchführen. Dieser Test muss den Anforderungen des RKI entsprechen: https://www.rki.de/tests ➝

  • Information on return:

    Since March 30, 2021, all travellers, no matter from which country they are coming and which means of transportation they use, must present a negative PCR or PoC test, a proof of complete vaccination, for instance the digital Covid-Certificate from the EU (Green Pass), or a proof of recovery from a Covid-19 infection, which was completed at least 28 days ago and is maximum 6 months old, before entering the Federal Republic of Germany. The PCR test must be performed at the earliest 72 hours and the PoC-test 48 hours before the start of the return journey. In addition, travellers must register their entry at the entry portal www.einreiseanmeldung.de➝ before arriving in Germany and carry proof of the corresponding registration with them. For stays in high risk areas classified by the RKI➝ there is a 10-day quarantine obligation. The quarantine can solely be prevented when a proof of complete vaccination or a proof of recovery from a Covid-19 infection, which was completed at least 28 days ago and is maximum 6 months old, was submitted on the entry portal. After five days at the earliest, travellers who are not vaccinated or did not recover from a Covid-19 infection can undergo a Covid-19 test. With a subsequent negative result, the quarantine obligation can be ended early. For stays in virus mutation areas a negative PCR-test, which must be performed at the earliest 72 hours before entering, needs to be shown before return and a fourteen-day quarantine must to be entered without possibility to shorten it.

    All travellers older than 12 years, must present a negative PCR or PoC test, a proof of complete vaccination, for instance the digital Covid-Certificate from the EU (Green Pass), or a proof of recovery from a Covid-19 infection before entering Austria. The PCR-test must be performed at the earliest 72 hours and the PoC-test 48 hours before the start of the return journey. Since January 15, 2021, travellers must register their entry here ➝ („Pre-Travel-Clearance“) before arrival. With the above mentioned certifications a quarantine can be fully prevented when entering from a country classified as safe. The certifications can be handed in 24 hours later if no hotel stay is planned. For vaccinated people arriving from countries not classified as safe or from virus mutations areas the quarantine does not apply neither. Non-vaccinated people however need to present a negative Covid-test or a proof of recovery as well as enter a 10-day quarantine. After five days at the earliest, travellers can undergo a Covid-19 test. With a subsequent negative result, the quarantine obligation can be ended early.

    All air as well as transit passengers who are not fully vaccinated or did not surpass a Covid-19 infection within the past 6 months must register their entry on www.swissplf.admin.ch before or during arrival in Switzerland and need to carry the generated QR-code with them. Air passengers older than 16 years must present a negative PCR or PoC test, a proof of complete vaccination, for instance the digital Covid-Certificate from the EU (Green Pass), or a proof of recovery from a Covid-19 infection before entering. The PCR-test must be performed at the earliest 72 hours and the PoC-test 48 hours before the start of the return journey. Air as well as transit passengers who are not fully vaccinated or did not surpass a Covid-19 infection as well need to enter a 10-day quarantine and present a PCR-test. In addition, they need to inform their corresponding cantonal authority latest within two days after arrival. After seven days at the earliest, travellers can undergo a Covid-19 test. With a subsequent negative result, the quarantine obligation can be ended early. The obligation to test or enter quarantine does not apply to fully vaccinated people who can present a certificate such as the EU Digital Certificate or a Swiss Covid certificate.

Covid-19

Corona precautionary measures

  • Restrictions in the country:

    The lockdown in Uganda has ended. However, there is still a night curfew from 7pm to 5:30am. Public and private transport in Uganda is severely restricted, a capacity of 50% is allowed. A maximum of 3 people are allowed in private vehicles. A minimum distance of 1.5 m must be maintained throughout the country.

  • Mouth and nose protection:

    In public, the wearing of a mouth and nose protection is mandatory for everyone. This regulation also applies in public transport or cars.

  • Hygiene measures in the country:

    In cooperation with the Ministry of Health the Ugandan government has compiled a hygiene catalogue (PDF) for the hospitality industry that complies with the World Health Organization’s measures and is binding for all companies operating in the tourism and hospitality industry.

Status: 06.12.2021

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