Do I need a COVID-19 PCR test when fully vaccinated to travel to Uganda? All fully vaccinated travelers entering to Uganda through the land borders no longer need the COVID-19 PCR test requirements? Yes, the government of Uganda through The Ministry of Health has stopped COVID-19 tests for the fully vaccinated travelers on entry into Uganda through the country’s land borders.
As of March 30 2022, the Health Minister, Dr. Jane Ruth Aceng stated that it is no longer necessary to carry out COVID-19 tests at the land border points of entry. This is really great news for all travelers on Uganda safaris. The new measures require that fully vaccinated travelers on entry into Uganda through the land border don’t need to present a negative coronavirus certificate.
International travel restrictions
All fully vaccinated travelers accessing Uganda through the land borders won’t be required to provide a negative coronavirus PCR certificates. However, all passengers arriving at Entebbe International Airport (EBB) still require to present their negative PCR tests taken at least not over 72 hours’ prior travel.
A negative PCR certificate issued with 72 hours is still required for passengers departing Uganda through Entebbe International Airport (EBB) with exemption of those transiting within the airport. The other category exempted from this are the children of 3 years. All arrivals at EBB shall undergo mandatory temperature screening.
Restaurant and bar operators are required to provide proof of vaccination. Concerts and other social events can be conducted without any restrictions on capacity. Currently, all businesses have resumed but strict health protocols must be adhered to, to limit wide spread of corona virus.
Public transportation in Uganda is now fully operational at full capacity. For visiting travelers on Uganda safaris to National Parks, Wildlife Reserve etc, car hire services still stand out as the safest and secure means for you to get around or reach your safari destination. This is regardless of whether you are visiting Uganda for gorilla trekking or wildlife viewing in the savanna protected areas such as Kidepo Valley National Park, Queen Elizabeth National Park or Murchison Falls National Park.
Earlier in February, government also stopped mandatory COVID-19 testing at the main entry point in Entebbe. This was effective 16th February 2022 and applied to all inbound travelers at Entebbe International Airport on arrival.
However, government maintained testing within 72 hours’ prior arrival or departing from Entebbe Airport. The COVID-19 test results are verified by health workers and note, the Standard Operating Procedures should still be adhered to such as social distancing, wearing of facemasks etc.
Places to visit on Uganda safaris
Uganda is naturally a rich country with multiple options for tourists to explore and experience what this country has to offer the world. From the massive mountain gorillas, majestic mountains, big game to unique cultures, a visit to Uganda won’t leave you out of choices.
10 National Parks, 12 Wildlife Reserves plus countless tourist sites are all in Uganda awaiting visitor exploration. Each of these has something distinct to experience for instance tourists can enjoy a magical encounter with mountain gorillas while on gorilla trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park or Mgahinga Gorilla National Park.
Other top National Parks and Reserves of interest while on Uganda safaris include Murchison Falls National Park, Kibale National Park, Lake Mburo National Park, Pian Upe Wildlife Reserve, Queen Elizabeth National Park, Katonga, Semuliki National Park, Rwenzori National Park and more.
Uganda Safari Activities
The top enjoyed Uganda safari activities to engage in include gorilla trekking, chimpanzee tracking, birding, game viewing, nature walks, mountaineering, bungee jumping, kayaking, white water rafting, boat cruise, gorilla habituation experience and more.