COVID-19 Testing in Uganda
Updated: Feb 19, 2021
This article has been superseded by due to updates of the COVID -19 testing protocol for Uganda. Please click HERE for the latest COVID-19 testing procedures for entering and departing Uganda.
Uganda opened its international borders on the 01st October 2020, in order to ensure a smooth arrival and departure when travelling to Uganda please bear in mind the following:
All passengers arriving into Uganda must show a valid negative COVID-19 PCR certificate that is not more that 72 hours old. The certificate will be checked on arrival. Failure to produce it will result in the passenger not being allowed to enter Uganda.
Airlines serving Entebbe Airport have been asked not allow passengers to board the plane destined for Uganda without the certificate
On arrival passengers will be health screened using remote digital thermometers as well as visible checks for signs of the COVID-19. If symptoms are shown the passenger will be taken via ambulance to Entebbe Hospital and a COVID-19 test carried out. The passenger will remain in quarantine until the results are known which will take between 24 - 48 hours.
All passengers departing Uganda must also show a valid negative COVID-19 PCR certificate on that is not more that 120 hours old ( this used to be 72 hours until 23rd November 2020, please see Uganda Ministry of Health document below). The certificate will be checked before being allowed to proceed into the airport building. Failure to produce the certificate will mean the passenger will not be allowed to travel.
Tests can be carried out at the Uganda Virus Research Institute Entebbe and take 24hrs minimum to get a result. We recommended picking up your result in person to avoid any unforeseen challenges.
As this point there are no Rapid COVID tests in Uganda and all tests are sent to Uganda Uganda Virus Research Institute Entebbe to be processed.
Passengers are advised to get to the airport 4 hours before departure to take into account the slower checking in and boarding procedure on account of the new COVID-19 prevention measures installed at the airport. This means that some passengers will need to spend an extra night or two in Entebbe depending on the time of their departure flight from Uganda in order to comply with the regulations that require a valid negative COVID-19 PCR certificate that is not more that 120 hours old.