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Travelling from U.S to Uganda travel restrictions

Update for Arriving U.S. Citizens:
The Government of Uganda changed its entry requirements effective 1 May.  Country Categories have changed, and new requirements may apply to travelers arriving from those countries.  See the Actions to Take section below.

The Government of Uganda is encouraging all travelers from the United States (and all Category 2 countries, which also include the United Kingdom, UAE, Turkey, South Africa, Ethiopia, South Sudan, and Tanzania) to postpone any non-essential travel to Uganda.

Any traveler from the Category 2 countries, including the United States, will be subjected to a PCR COVID-19 test, at the traveler’s expense, at all points of entry into Uganda, including Entebbe International Airport.  These travelers will have to wait for their negative results before proceeding to their final destination in Uganda, which may necessitate a stay at a hotel in proximity to Entebbe International Airport.

Individuals who have received a full COVID-19 vaccination and are asymptomatic will be allowed into Uganda without the need for testing on arrival.  Such travelers will need to show evidence of their vaccination.   The Government of Uganda strongly recommends that non-Ugandans and non-resident foreigners from the Category 2 countries who are not vaccinated do not travel to Uganda at this time.

Note that all passengers originating from India (Category 1 country) are currently banned from entering Uganda, regardless of the route of travel.  Any traveler who was present in, or travelled through, India in the 14 days preceding their arrival in Uganda will not be allowed entry.

The Government of Uganda will review their list of Category 1 and 2 countries and restrictions on a weekly basis.  For the most up to date information, please visit the Government of Uganda COVID-19 website.

Baby Gorilla in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Travel Advisory Remains at Level 3: Reconsider Travel
The Department of State maintains a Level 3 Travel Advisory for Uganda recommending that travelers reconsider travel to Uganda due to COVID-19.  The number of COVID-19 cases continues to rise in Uganda.  Travelers in Uganda should exercise increased caution due to crime and kidnapping.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) maintains a Level 1 Travel Notice for Uganda. CDC recommends travelers get fully vaccinated before traveling to Uganda.  Travelers at increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19 should consider postponing all travel, including essential travel, to Uganda.  Medical care resources in Uganda are limited.

Consular Services:
The consular section at U.S. Embassy Kampala is offering routine passport appointments, notarial services, and appointments for applications of Consular Reports of Birth Abroad (CRBA).  To schedule a passport or notarial appointment, please visit our website.  To qualify for a CRBA appointment, you must first be documentarily ready for interview.  To submit your documents for review, please email KampalaCRBA@state.gov.  CRBA appointments are being scheduled for those who are already documentarily ready in chronological order of receipt.

Visa Processing Remains Suspended:
The consular section is prioritizing services for U.S. citizens.  Routine visa processing remains suspended, but we continue to provide as many appointments as local conditions, resources, and safety considerations allow for emergencies and in mission-critical visa categories, including a limited number of appointments for petition-based employment visas, student visas, and exchange visitor visas.  We encourage all applicants to be mindful of the constraints and apply early. We will resume regular visa processing as soon as possible but are unable at this time to provide a specific date on which such services will be available.

Actions to Take: 

Assistance:

  • U.S. Embassy Kampala
    1577 Ggaba Road
    Kampala, Uganda
    KampalaUSCitizen@state.gov
    https://ug.usembassy.gov
  • State Department – Consular Affairs
    888-407-4747 or 202-501-4444
    Uganda Country Information
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Justo Nov 18, 2019

Safaribookings
I went on an 11 day safari visiting Kampala, Jinja, Lake Mburo NP, Bwindi NP, Queen Elizabeth NP and Kibale NP. Communications with Ngoni were prompt and easy from the start. As soon as I made my booking, Sedrick contacted me through WhatsApp and guided me through the rest of the process. Leading up to the tour he made sure I was well-prepared to begin. He was always very clear and friendly. Service was exceptional. I had the pleasure of going on this safari with three members of Ngoni's staff - Sedrick, Nelson and Joel. These guys made my comfort their priority from the moment we met. Whether it was checking if I was okay with the accommodations or making sure I always had a bottle of water, I always felt like I was being well taken care of. Nelson is an excellent guide. His knowledge about the flora and fauna of Uganda was extensive, always able to answer any questions I had and was eager to teach - it's obvious that he has a great love for his country and it's environment and is eager to share this love with his clients. My experience with Ngoni and Uganda surpassed all expectations I had. Absolutely amazing, and thanks to the guys at Ngoni it feels like a new home - can't wait to come back and visit. Webale, brothers!

Stephany Aug 13, 2019

https://www.safaribookings.com/operator/t17733
Sedrick was unique and stood out from the rest in the high quality communication he provided since the first inquiry. He called me to provide information about the itinerary and see if I had any questions even before booking the tour. We communicated through WhatsApp for any other questions that came to mind after that call. After picking me up from the airport, he and Pilot (additional tour guide) provided plenty of information about the country to give me some context and we started our long drive to the impenetrable forest. The food was delicious with many options; the accommodation was very clean with exceptional service; and the transportation from Entebbe to Bwindi park was very comfortable (although long). As a solo female traveler, both tour guides (Sedrick and Pilot) did an exceptional job at enduring I accomplished everything intended to in Uganda, and always made me feel safe. I highly recommend to book your safari with this company because the quality and professionalism will not let you down.

Shakira Dec 14, 2018

Ngoni safaris uganda is the best tour operator in Uganda. A few weeks back we traveled to Bwindi impenetrable with sedrick to explore the beauty that is Uganda. This company took care of us . with most comfortable car , Great guide .We highly recommend it to the next travelers

Winnie Dec 19, 2018

https://www.safaribookings.com/operator/t17733
I was going on a gorilla safari with my friend and this was going to be the first ever safari for the both of us. Luckily, the communication with the office was super easy and we got answers to all of the questions we needed. The driver / guide (Sedrick) was very professional and funny and made our time very pleasant. Also, he had a proper knowledge of the local area close to the Mgahinga national park and he promptly spoke some 7 languages which we thought was super positive. The safari was surely the highlight of out East African trip!

Ritah Jan 2, 2019

https://www.safaribookings.com/operator/t17733
My Team and I did a five day trip, including Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary, Murchison Falls and Kidepo. It was truly an incredible experience. Our guide, Sedrick, was knowledgeable, skilled in driving in some challenging settings and just plain fun to hang out with for five days. The lodging was perfect, especially Savannah Lodge. The tents and beds were high quality. The views were spectacular. Meals were delicious and varied. I recommend Ngoni safaris Uganda with all my heart and soul!

Pilot May 28, 2019

https://www.safaribookings.com/operator/t17733
Our six days trip was amazing. The driver/guide had an incredible knowledge of animal and bird-life and are so interesting to talk to. His driving skills through lashing rain and massive puddles was admirable! The cooks managed to produce varied and delicious meals from the kitchen, which we ate both at accommodation or roadside when we were travelling from one place to another . At all times we felt safe and well-looked after. All in all, an incredible experience, due not only to the abundance of wildlife we were lucky enough to see, but also to the great efforts put to have our Safari a better one . The safari was full of fun. Traveling with ngoni safaris is my life time memorable experience and I highly recommend it to travellers who would love to visit uganda or EastAfrica for holidays, vacations or Adventure.. Even five stars are too small .