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Uganda Travel Updates, Amidst COVID-19 Pandemic.

Uganda Travel Updates as of April 28th 2022.

On 28th of April 2022, Uganda updated its travel requirements in relation to COVID-19. As the world adjusts tO the new normal- which is to live with the virus, and as Uganda is registering fewer new infections. The Country decided to relax it’s COVID-19 test requirements for travelers especially those who are fully vaccinated.

For Fully Vaccinated travelers.

All vaccinated travelers both inbound and outbound will be required to show proof of full vaccination. This applies to all ages except children below 10.

A negative PCR test is exempted with immediate effect and therefore, if you are fully vaccinated you do not require to show a Negative PCR test taken 72 hours before travel. This applies to both inbound and out bound travelers.

However, for outbound travelers, if your final destination requires proof of A negative test then you will have to show proof before your exit. Or if your Airline requires a negative test then you will have to show proof.

Unvaccinated or Partially Vaccinated Travelers.

All travelers, whether outbound or inbound with partial or no vaccination, will be required to show a Negative PCR test taking within 72 hours to travel.

Children below 5 years do not require to show a negative PCR test upon arrival or on departure from Uganda.

Uganda Travel updates as of 12th April 2022

COVID-19 infection changes have brought about changes in travel requirements for different countries and Uganda is among them. Uganda has seen a steep decline in new infections and therefore they have had to change their travel requirements from those we shared earlier to these. Currently in Uganda the average daily infections are below 10 persons per day.

Currently to Travel to Uganda these are the requirements.

  • All travelers including those visiting Uganda on safari or on holiday, one requires a PCR test that was taken at most 72 hours before arrival.
  • On arrival with your negative Results, you will pay your Visa fees and enter the country. Uganda no-longer requires you to test again on arrival.
  • For those departing Uganda, you will need to take a test before departure. A COVID-19 negative test is required to exit the country.
  • We advise that you check the COVID-19 entry requirements for your return country. This is because this will guide us about the best time for you to get the exit Test.
  •  Standard operating procedures for COVID-19 should be followed at all time during your safari.
  • AA Safaris and Tours Ltd provides hand sanitizers and masks for you as they are mandatory to visit all tourist sites.
  • Vehicles are now allowed to carry passengers at Full capacity.

Cancellation Policy:

Travel policies have been changing in countries at the highest speed in the world before. However, we at AA Safaris and Tours ltd take pride mostly in showing you around East Africa and our goal is to ensure that tourists enjoy their stay and trips. Therefore, we made our cancellation due to COVID-19 flexible;

  • If one cancels due to COVID-19 we shall re-schedule your trip to any future date.
  • For cancellation due to other reasons that are not health related our standard cancellation policy applies.
60 days or more prior to arrival10% charge
59 – 32 days prior to arrival25% charge
31 – 8 days prior to arrival50% charge
7 – 3 days prior to arrival75% charge
48 hours or less prior to arrival100% charge

PS: All our guides have now received both shots of the vaccine.

Uganda Travel Updates amidst COVID-19 Pandemic- Dated 17th May 2021

Uganda is one of the countries in the world that has controlled the spread of the Virus. The Pearl of Africa 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.
  • You are required to present a negative PCR test 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.

Uganda travel Updates amidst COVID-19 Pandemic

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?

Tourists who are nationals from Category 1 or 2 countries who are 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.

At the end of your  Uganda holiday and visit, your safari guide, will take you to a testing centre. Results shall be sent to your email within 12 hours.

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.  AA Safaris and Tours Ltd 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.

Where some activities  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.

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