New Uganda Entry Requirements Clarified by Classic Africa Safaris

2021-05-13T10:51:21-05:00May 13th, 2021|

Classic Africa Safaris (CAS) has liaised with the Ugandan Minister of Health (MOH) and all appropriate government bodies to clarify the new COVID-19 entry requirements for Uganda. Please be advised that this is a constantly – and swiftly – changing situation, but current requirements are outlined below.

In keeping with existing COVID-19 entry requirements, all travelers to Uganda must have a negative PCR COVID-19 test for both entry and exit. Uganda immigration requires negative PCR test results taken within 120 hrs prior to landing at EBB; travelers must transit within the airport only – no exiting airports or stop-overs en route are allowed.

As of 09 May 2021, visitors to Uganda who are not fully vaccinated against COVID-19 are now required to have a PCR COVID test taken on arrival in Entebbe, Uganda. This test is in addition to the aforementioned COVID-19 entry requirements. The MOH has stated that fully vaccinated, asymptomatic visitors carrying an official COVID-19 vaccine record are exempt from this on-arrival test. This requirement affects arrivals from the USA, UK and other Category 2 countries. The MOH advises which countries are Category 2 and this list is dynamic. As all testing logistics for this new requirement are handled by government bodies, CAS cannot intervene with passengers until they have cleared all government checks.

After disembarking the flight in EBB, pax will clear customs & immigration and any passengers selected for on-arrival testing will be transported in Civil Aviation Authority vehicles to the nearby government test facility (approx. 5 mins from EBB). They will be tested and required to wait at the facility for test results up to 2-4 hrs . Should any passengers test positive, they will be transported to an approved government hospital facility for quarantine at their own expense.

At this time, we recommend that you advise any unvaccinated travelers that they will be subject to ‘on-arrival’ COVID testing. Once again, should passengers be asymptomatic, fully vaccinated (two weeks since the final dose of vaccine) and carrying an official COVID-19 vaccine record, the PCR test on arrival will likely be waived. While we cannot guarantee this, we have been advised by the MOH that those are the protocols in place.

Please remind travelers to carry their official COVID-19 vaccination cards, Yellow Fever cards, visa documents and all required paperwork in their carry on baggage as they will not be able to access checked luggage until they are released from the testing site. Please contact us with any questions.

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