Is it safe to travel to Uganda after COVID-19? With the world left uncertain of when coronavirus will come to an end, one may wonder whether it will be safe to travel to Uganda or East Africa for a vacation or a business trip again. Uganda is one of the safest countries to travel to for a safari or business trip nature lovers or investors should consider visiting the post-covid-19 pandemic.
Uganda like other states in the world is still grappling with coronavirus which has claimed thousands of lives worldwide. But there is hope that one day, things will get back to normal to engage in Uganda safaris or go for business trips. As we stay safe back at home to help curb the widespread of this pandemic, we at Saso Uganda Safaris will keep you up-to-date once Uganda entirely becomes a safe place to travel for a holiday.
Uganda Travel Restrictions & Advisory
Following the outbreak of covid-19, the government of Uganda banned international travel and this included posing border restrictions for both in-bound and out-bound travelers. Up-to-date, there is no entry or exit at Entebbe International Airport or at the border points except only the cargo vehicles and cargo planes. Overall, the message was ‘stay home, stay safe!’
However, there is hope to get back to road trips as public transport resumed recently with some savanna safari parks now open to tourists on Uganda safaris. Unlike the primate safari parks, savanna parks can now be visited especially Murchison Falls National Park, Queen Elizabeth National Park, Lake Mburo National Park, and Kidepo Valley National Park.
As we continue with the battle to curb this pandemic (covid-19), we hope more travel restrictions shall be lifted and airports will soon be open to travelers on Uganda safari although this will is done with strict standard operating procedures which include mandatory testing at park gate/border/airport, a must to wear a face mask, a must to have a hand sanitizer. Currently, public and private transportation has been eased but everyone must have a face mask and carry half the capacity of passengers for public means.
Guidelines/Travel Tips To Ensure Safety On Uganda Safari
Always cross-check for travel alerts issued by the U.S. State Department/British Foreign Office or at your respective Embassy in Uganda for any plans to go on a Uganda safari.
- Ensure you maintain a distance of 2 meters or more while in the public.
- Wearing a face mask is mandatory
- Hand sanitizer is mandatory even when you are visiting parks on Uganda safari
- Book your safari, hotel, or accommodation with a reliable tour operator since there are people on the ground, they know where to go and not to go.
- Don’t drive in the safari parks past 7:30 pm to 6:30 am
- Don’t leave your children unattended on a family trip
- Avoid bright colors on primate safari-preferably, find environmentally friendly attire.
Safety And Security
Like most states in the world, crime threats have been and still are recorded. However, these can easily be avoided provided you observe the safety measures. Generally, Uganda is safe for African safaris although you have to be keen on common crimes like credit card fraud, robberies, and petty theft which are also registered in any other state in the world. These petty crimes are usually registered in big towns like Kampala and there is a need for you to be vigilant.
Most importantly, Uganda police, Uganda People’s Defense Force, and other security agencies work together to ensure such crimes are wiped out. Regular patrols are done in strategic points and as you head to Uganda safari parks, you will find park rangers, tourism police, and hotel or safari lodge security personnel. All this is to ensure visitor safety while on Uganda holiday in the tourist destination of their preference.
Other Diseases And Health Services In Uganda
Uganda recorded an outbreak of yellow fever in the Northern region around 2010 and Ebola in 2008 in the Western. Currently, Uganda is equally affected by the coronavirus that has hit the globe. Malaria still remains a major risk in several parts of Uganda however; the government is committed to ensuring it is minimized. On the other hand, Uganda still has limited health centers and most of them are not of international standard.
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You need a visa to enter Uganda. You can either get a visa on arrival at the airport or before you travel. You can apply for single entry and transit visas on the e-visas website. You can also apply for these, and other types of visas, at the Uganda High Commission in London.
The charge for the visa on arrival is US$50 in cash while the charge for processing the E-visa application yourself via the correct Uganda government website (http://evisa.go.ke/evisa.html) is US$52.53 including credit card fee.
Single Entry Visa is allowed to Indian travellers who wish to stay in Uganda for a short period. … Indians who travel to a Uganda for tourism purpose or business purpose or medical purpose. The applicant needs to mention the purpose of his visit. Uganda tourist visa and Uganda work visa are the single-entry visas.
The official processing duration for a Ugandan visa as per the official Ugandan Consulates’ site is 14 business days. However, this duration does vary between 2 and 15 days depending on the Embassy to be contacted.