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COVID-19 Procedures for the Uganda Tourism Sector - 30/06/21

Updated: Jul 5

On the 18th June 2021 the President of Uganda HE Yoweri Kaguta Museveni announced a 42 lockdown with a view of curbing the rise in COVID-19 cases. Below is a summary of the measures that have been taken:


Unlike the previous lockdown in March 2021, this time the airport will remain open subject to the screening process that is already in place based on the Category One and Category Two countries and tourism activities are still allowed provided that Tour Operators and International Tourists follow strict Standard Operating Procedures. To facilitate this the Ministry of Health, Uganda Tourism Board and the Association of Ugandan Tour Operators have come up with the below process that must be followed by all incoming tourists. Please make sure you fill in and print off the passenger locator form before you travel

The Ministry of Health in Uganda released a further update regarding the validity of the PCR COVID -19 negative test that is required for entry and exit to Uganda. All tests must be less that 72 Hours old. Please see the full statement below.


Below is a summary of the existing restrictions that are in place for travellers who come from countries that are listed in the categories highlighted below. The Ministry of Health has confirmed that the entry requirements will be reviewed on a weekly basis. To stay up to date please visit this blog site regularly and the Corona Virus Update webpage to make sure you have the latest information regarding entry requirements to Uganda. For the full Ministry of Health statement please click on the image below.


Category One

The only country in Category One at the moment is India All flights from India and all passengers originating from India were suspended effective 01st May 2021 at 23.59hrs. The following flights and travellers from India are exempt from the suspension:

  • Cargo flights where crew do not disembark

  • Technical stops where travellers do not disembark

  • Aircraft in a state or emergency

  • Operations relating to humanitarian aid, medical evacuation and any diplomatic flights approved by the appropriate authority.

  • Nationals returning home after medical treatment in India

Category Two

Travellers from USA, United Kingdom, United Arab Emirates, Turkey, South Africa, Ethiopia, Turkey, South Sudan and Tanzania should consider postponing non essential travel to Uganda.

Any traveller from these countries including Ugandan Nationals will be subjected to a PCR COVID-19 test at the points of entry including Entebbe International Airport.


Category Three

Countries not in Category One or Two are exempt from the above measure.


Note: Individuals in Category Two and Three who have received their full COVID-19 Vaccination and are asymptomatic will be allowed in to the country without the need for testing on arrival.


This analysis and categorisation will be reviewed and updated on a weekly basis.



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