Uganda Ministry of Health Lifts Covid-19 Travel Restrictions
The MoH has suspended the requirement for a 72-hour negative PCR test certificate for all incoming and outbound travellers fully vaccinated unless it is a requirement of the destination country or the carrier airline. No mandatory testing on arrival is required.
New Travel Restrictions
The new Ministry of Health directive (April 26, 2022) has the following travel restrictions lifted:
Mandatory covid testing on arrival was suspended since February 16, 2022, and it still holds.
All inbound and outbound travellers will be required to show proof of complete COVID-19 vaccination, except for travellers aged five years and below.
The requirement for a negative PCR test done 72 hours pre-boarding for all incoming and outbound travellers is suspended for those fully vaccinated. There is an exception for outbound if it is a requirement of the destination country or the carrier airline.
Travellers with partial or no vaccination will be required to present a negative PCR test done within 72 hours of travel, except travellers below five years.
Fully vaccinated individuals will NOT be required to wear face masks when outdoors, provided there are NO crowds.
Wearing a facemask when one is indoors or in closed spaces like public transport, shops, schools, and office where 2 meters distance cant be observed with other individuals, is required whether one is vaccinated or not.
The Vulnerable or high-risk population, i.e. elderly aged 50 years and above and people living with co-morbidities irrespective of age, are advised to wear a facemask at all times whether they are vaccinated.
Mandatory screening of visitors for Covid symptoms like temperature and colds will till continue to identify COVID carriers.
You will be required to wear a facemask and keep a ten-meter distance when viewing the great apes in Uganda’s rainforests.
All Uganda visas are processed online at visas.immigration.go.ug. No visa processing at entry points. You’ll need a six months valid passport and yellow fever vaccination certificate to be allowed entry. Find other details at Uganda Visa Requirements.
With just over a week in Uganda, you can see most of the country’s highlights. You’ll visit incredible national parks like Murchison Falls, Kibale Forest, and the primeval Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. You’ll track rhinos, seek out gorillas and chimpanzees, and take a boat ride to the roaring Murchison Falls — it’s all on this exciting itinerary.
With just over a week in Uganda, you can see most of the country’s highlights. You’ll visit incredible national parks like Murchison Falls, Kibale Forest, and the primeval Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. You’ll track rhinos, seek out gorillas and chimpanzees, and take a boat ride to the roaring Murchison Falls — it’s all on this exciting itinerary..
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Day 1: Arrival in Uganda
Land at Entebbe International Airport near the shores of Lake Victoria. Check in at your accommodation ahead of an amazing week exploring the national parks of Uganda on various safaris.
Day 2: Transfer to Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary then continue to Murchison falls national park.
After breakfast, head out to the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary. You'll be briefed by a ranger then drive together nearer to where the rhinos are. The ranger will guide you safely to within about 70-100 feet of these powerful animals for the best views. Have lunch at the sanctuary before continuing on to Murchison Falls National Park to spend the night.
Day 3: Morning game drive and afternoon boat cruise
Early in the morning, cross the Victoria Nile river by ferry then drive to the delta — an area known for its hippos and crocodiles. After your game drive, join a boat ride to the foot of Murchison Falls. Following your time on the water, you can hike up to the waterfall's top for stunning views of the area. Then head back to your lodge in the national park for dinner and drinks.
Day 4: Transfer to Kibale National Park
The journey from Murchison Falls to Kibale Forest National Park may be long — about six to seven hours — but it's beautiful as you drive through the green hills of the Ugandan countryside. Tonight you'll be staying in a guesthouse in the national park before an early morning hike to see the local chimpanzees.
Day 5: Chimpanze Tracking and Bigodi Swamp Walk
Get ready for some chimpanzee tracking! Head out in the early morning for about two to three hours to see the chimps in their natural habitat. Afterward, stop off for lunch before heading to Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary. This is a stunning area of the rainforest that's home to an abundance of animals: monkeys, birds, and maybe — just maybe — elephants. Keep an eye out for them all before bedding down for the night in Kibale Forest National Park.
Day 6: Travel to Bwindi through Queen Elizabeth National Park
The drive from the Kibale area to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park is about six to seven hours, so today will mostly be dedicated to traveling before heading to a hillside lodge to check-in (and prepare for gorilla tracking the next day).
Day 7: Gorilla Tracking
Today starts early, but it's totally worth it because you'll spend the day seeking out gorillas in the rainforest. First up, get a briefing from a local ranger before being appointed to a tracking group. Tracking can take a few hours, depending on where the animals are. That means you'll need a bit of patience as you hike through spectacular rainforest and up steep hills. Spend some quality time with the habituated gorillas before heading back to your lodge for the evening.
Transfer Back to the Airport for your flight.
After breakfast, it's time to make the journey back to Entebbe. From there, you could explore more of Uganda or take a flight to your next destination. Maybe Kenya to the east, or Tanzania to the south, is calling?