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Uganda travel restrictions & quarantine rules

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The travel advice is Exercise a high degree of caution to Uganda. Uganda is Moderate restrictions for travel. Get travel ban, restrictions alerts and advice before travelling to Uganda. Uganda is part of Africa with main city at Kampala. Its Least Developed country with a population of 34M people. The main currency is Uganda Shilling. The languages spoken are English and Swahili.
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🚨 Travel Advice for Uganda

Moderate restrictions

for travel
International travel to Uganda is permitted. It is necessary to comply with requirements to ensure entry is allowed.

Other restrictions

Passengers departing Uganda are required to present a negative PCR test certificate, taken within 72 hours before travel. All COVID-19 test certificates issued in Uganda must indicate the intended purpose of the test. Only test certificates which state 'travel' as the intended purpose will be valid for departure from Uganda.

Quarantine required

A PCR will be administered on arrival and travelers are required to self-isolate at their own residence or accommodation until a negative result is confirmed. The test costs $30 USD and is payable by cash, card, online, or mobile money.
Travelers testing positive but are asymptomatic or have mild symptoms will be allowed to isolate at a designated hotel. Other travelers will be transferred to a designated treatment facility at the government's expense. Travelers may also choose to be transferred to a private hospital but all costs incurred will be at the travelers' expense.

Test/medical certificate required

Proof of a negative PCR test, taken within 72 hours prior, must be presented before departure.

Other medical measures

All passengers are subject to health screening on arrival, such as temperature checks and visual assessment. Further health testing may be required for those displaying symptoms of COVID-19.
For more details Foreign Travel Advice, United Kingdom

Government measures

A nationwide curfew is in effect between the hours of 7 pm to 5:30 am and all public gatherings are prohibited. Proof of vaccination may be required to access some government buildings. We recommend keeping up-to-date with official guidelines throughout your trip. Information relating to the COVID-19 response in Uganda can be found at

Use of masks

Face masks are required in public spaces, enclosed environments, and on public transportation.

Public transport

Public transportation is operating as usual.


Restaurants are open with social distancing rules in place. Delivery services remain available during curfew hours.


Bars remain closed to limit the rate of transmission.


Nightclubs remain closed to limit the rate of transmission.


Shops are open with adapted safety measures in place, such as the use of hand sanitizer, face masks, and social distancing. Non-essential businesses must close by 7 pm.

On return

Vaccinations and vaccinated travel

Travelers who present a valid certificate for full vaccination against COVID-19, issued in selected countries, are permitted to travel and are exempt from undergoing 14-day isolation requirements. Vaccinated travelers will be tested on arrival and must self-isolate for 24 hours or until a negative result is confirmed on the test taken on arrival.
Travelers who have recovered from COVID-19 and have received at least a single dose of the vaccine, not more than 180 days before departure, are permitted to travel and are exempt from undergoing 14-day isolation requirements.
Travelers who have received the Sputnik vaccine are also required to undergo additional serologic and PCR testing on arrival. Travelers will undergo quarantine until a positive serologic test and negative PCR test results are confirmed. Those testing negative on the serologic test are required to isolate for 14 days with the option to reduce this period by taking a supervised rapid antigen testing from the seventh day.
The final dose must have been administered at least 14 days and not more than 180 days before departure. Exemptions also apply to those who have received a vaccine booster after a full course of vaccination, if administered at least 14 days before departure. Full details on accepted vaccines and certificates can be found at

Quarantine required

Travelers are required to self-isolate for 14 days on arrival. This period can be shortened if two consecutive test results are confirmed negative, one taken on arrival and a second test taken on the seventh day of the isolation period.
Those who have recently recovered from COVID-19 must self-isolate until a second test is confirmed negative taken on the third day of the isolation period. This will require proof of a positive PCR test result, taken at least 8 days before and not older than 190 days of departure, or a recovery certificate.

Test/medical certificate required

Proof of a negative PCR test, taken within the previous 72 hours, must be presented on departure and arrival. Alternatively, a negative rapid antigen test can be presented, taken within the previous 24 hours of departure. The test results must be in English with the traveler's passport number stated on the document. Self-tests are not accepted.
Travelers may instead provide documentation of having recovered from COVID-19. This will require proof of a positive PCR test result, taken at least 8 days before and not older than 180 days of departure, or a recovery certificate. These travelers will undergo PCR testing on arrival.
This does not apply to travelers returning to Israel within 72 hours after departing Israel. Less than 72 hours must have passed since travelers have landed abroad and the departure time to Israel. These travelers will undergo PCR testing on arrival.
Those traveling to Israel on indirect flights, with more than 24 hours between the departure of the first flight and the flight landing in Israel, are required proof of a negative PCR test taken 72 hours prior to the departure of the flight to Israel.

Testing on arrival

A PCR test will be administered on arrival. The test costs 80 ILS if pre-paid during the 'entry statement' process, 100 ILS if paid with a credit card on arrival, and 115 ILS if paid with cash on arrival. Only Israeli currency will be accepted for cash payments on arrival.

Travel restriction details for Uganda

🚫 Destination Quarantine required
πŸ›¬ Return Quarantine required
πŸ–οΈ Some Visitors
🍽️ Restaurants & bars Open with restrictions
πŸ›οΈ Open shopping
🚌 Operational with restrictions transport
πŸ“… events Partially Allowed

πŸ”’ Lockdown Details for Uganda

Updates to COVID protocols announced by the Government of Uganda on July 30 include:
Public transport may operate at 50% capacity.
Private transport may move across districts with a maximum of 3 occupants, including the driver. Tourist vehicles can continue to move under SOPs.
Places of worship, gyms, saunas, indoor sports, pool halls, casinos, bars, discos, sports betting, and cinemas remain closed. Outdoor sports are allowed under SOPs and without spectators.
Salons, restaurants, malls, and arcades may open under SOPs.
Schools remain closed until a sufficient number of children aged 12 to 18 are vaccinated.
Social gatherings (including burials and weddings) must be restricted to core family only and have no more than 20 persons in attendance provided masks are worn and social distancing of two meters is followed.
A curfew of 7:00 p.m.-5:30 a.m. is in place. Motorcycle taxi (boda-boda) drivers must cease their movements by 6:00 p.m. and may carry cargo or one passenger only.
Passengers traveling on flights will be allowed to travel to the airport upon presentation of a valid ticket.
Workplaces should ensure that not more than 30 percent of staff in formal sectors – works from the office at any one time.
Conferences, workshops, and seminars are prohibited except with explicit permission from the Ministry of Health and related Government of Uganda Ministries and Departments.

πŸ›‘οΈ Travel safety for Uganda

Exercise a high degree of caution

You'll have to undergo a COVID-19 (PCR) test on arrival at your own expense, regardless of vaccination status or country of origin. If you're departing from Entebbe, you'll have to show a negative COVID-19 (PCR) test certificate, issued within 72 hours of travel. A curfew remains in place from 7pm to 5.30am (see 'Travel'). Expect local authorities to quarantine you at an isolation centre if you show symptoms of COVID-19. We now advise: Exercise a high degree of caution in Uganda overall due to the threat of terrorist attack, civil unrest and criminal activity.
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