Uganda Travel Updates amidst COVID-19 Pandemic
This article is aimed at bringing you Uganda travel updates amidst COVID-19 Pandemic. Uganda is one of the countries in the world that has controlled the spread of the Virus. Uganda has only 42,364 confirmed COVID-19 cases. It has also managed to reduce deaths due to COVID-19. Since the beginning of the pandemic the country has only lost 0.8% of the confirmed cases.
Like the rest of the world, with the introduction of a number of vaccines in the world, Uganda too has adopted and vaccination is ongoing in the country. Uganda has been open to travellers and tourists for safaris since October 2020. With the advancement in technology and introduction of vaccines, the travel requirements have been changing. Therefore, provided below are the Uganda travel updates amidst COVID-19 Pandemic. All you need to know before you travel.
What you need to Know before you Travel.
- Masks are still mandatory for all in Uganda and one should keep them on all the time. Masks are widely available and for those traveling with AA Safaris and Tours on a Uganda safari. These will be provided every three days, such that you have on clean masks. To avoid other diseases that might result from dirty masks during Uganda holiday tour.
- A negative PCR test is required to enter Uganda, no matter the purpose of your travel to the Pearl of Africa. However, people coming or transiting through Countries of category 1 and 2 will be subjected to a PCR test on arrival.
- Category 1: India
- Category 2: United States of America, United Kingdom, United Arab Emirates, Turkey, South Africa, Ethiopia, Kenya, South Sudan and Tanzania.
- and Category 3: All other countries not mentioned above.
- Fully vaccinated travellers from Category 2 countries that are asymptomatic will not be subjected to another PCR test on arrival.
- PCR test will cost USD 65 and one will have to take care of this expense themselves. It is therefore advisable to get the vaccine and avoid Multiple tests.
- Flights from Category 1 countries have for now been Banned and there are just a few people allowed from India. These including Returning Uganda residents. Aircrafts in the state of emergency, cargo flights and operations related to humanitarian aid.
What happens once you Arrive the Point of Entry if you are coming from Category 1& 2 countries
On arrival at the point of entry if you are from category 1 and 2 countries, you will be evacuated to a testing centre which is just 5 to 10kms from the airport. You will be tested and then results will be provided to you within 4hours. Then you can proceed with your personal arrangements.
Travellers are given an option of waiting in the comfort area close to the testing centre for their results. Or they can check into the designated hotels as they wait for the results. Hotels will be at the clients’ own cost.
What happens, when one is found COVID-19 Positive?
Incase one of the travelers or nationals from Category 1 or 2 countries if found positive, they will be transferred to the Ministry of Health designated COVID-19 Isolation centres. To be monitored and provided with the necessary care.
To avoid this and also wastage of time, as AA Safaris and Tours we recommend that one be vaccinated. And therefore you will not be asked to test on arrival. You will just proceed to start your Uganda gorilla trekking safari and enjoy the Pearl of Africa.
What Happens After your Visit to Uganda.
Once you are done with your Uganda holiday and visit, your safari guide, will take you to a COVID-19 testing centre for an exit test. Once you have your negative results you will then be transferred to the airport to catch your onward flight.
Ever since Uganda opened its doors in October to tourist, we have not had anyone test positive after their safari or Uganda trip. This has been attributed to the fact that all our Uganda safaris follow the standard operating procedures.
What AA Safaris and Tours will provide you whilst on Safari.
- Pocket Hand sanitisers will be provided to you, while on safari such that you can keep on sanitizing. Our company has been providing hand sanitisers way before COVID-19 was even introduced to the world. This is because we encourage pure sanitation cause COVID-19 is not the only disease to watch out for whilst traveling around the world.
- Masks will also be provided at all time, during the safari. So you do not have to worry about carrying many masks, while traveling to Uganda.
- Social distance will be practiced during all the different activities. Our vehicle, are limited to carry people on half capacity. This depends on the size of the vehicle.
- Immunisation of guides and employees of AA Safaris and Tours ltd, is on- going. Hopefully, in October all our employees will be immunised. This is a way of reducing the risk of spreading the virus from guides to clients or the other way round during.
Are there any activities that have been banned due to COVD-19?
Fortunately, all activities are open to tourists to participate in, be it gorilla trekking or rafting, wildlife safaris, to mention but afew. Provided one follows the standard operating procedures, put in place due to COVID-19 you will enjoy, your safari gorilla trip, mountain hiking, and so on as you please.
For more information about, travelling to Uganda for a gorilla trekking safari, a holiday, adventure trip, or hiking Mt Rwenzori,or even the Oldest Calder Mt Elgon for 5 days. Contact AA Safaris and ours and we shall advise and update you about your next travel. Let us break the bubble, adjust to the new normal and enjoy life. It has been a while since you last left your home.