COVID-19 Safari Rules and Guidelines for Tourists to Uganda

Posted by on September 22, 2020

What you need to know about the COVID-19 Rules and Guidelines

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COVID-19 Safari Rules and Guidelines for Tourists to UgandaImportant Information: The COVID-19 Safari Rules and Guidelines for Tourists to Uganda going on a Safari. The Coronavirus pandemic has changed many in things in our lives, including how you go on a Safari in Uganda.

There are new requirements in Uganda on Safari as there are elsewhere in the world. Conditions that are for the Wellbeing of the Safari-Participants, Tour Company, Lodge, and Wildlife Park employees. Beyond that, the health of the animals, especially the Great Apes, is the focus of everyone in Tourism.

Some of the Coronavirus prevention measures will cost you a bit more. However, they also give one a piece of mind.

Any of the new measures and directives have been placed there by Health, Security, Wildlife Officials not to harass but to prevent the spread of the dreaded Coronavirus.

Africa and Uganda have survived the COVID-10 pandemic better than countries in North and South America, Europe, Asia, and Australia. That does not mean that Uganda will lower preventative standards, directives, and measures. Everyone’s Wellbeing is the focus of the newly implemented rules and guidelines that will guide International Tourism in the Pearl of Africa.

Uganda’s Borders and Entebbe Airport will open for Travelers.  A valid COVID-19-Free Certificate is required.  The test must be taken within 72-hours of arrival in Uganda. You will be directly taken to parks avoiding the public as directed by President Yoweri Museveni.

Tourists will have to weigh the risk factors and make a choice that they feel comfortable with.


COVID-19 Safari Rules and Guidelines for Tourists and Visitors to Uganda

Arrival and Departure at Entebbe International Airport:COVID-19 Safari Rules and Guidelines for Tourists to Uganda

Going through Entebbe International Airport has always been a more rigid than usual experience for the average traveler. The COVID-19 Safari Rules and Guidelines for Tourists to Uganda will make your check-in and check-out even more cumbersome. Like elsewhere in the world during this time.

You can be sure of one thing; your extra efforts will be worth it. Uganda, the Pearl of Africa, is well worth the added inconveniences brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic.

In March, President Yoweri Museveni directed the closure of Entebbe Airport and other entry/exits into and out of the country to halt the spread of the Coronavirus. The directive was initially for 32 days but has since been extended indefinitely after several extensions of the lockdown.

But, as re-opening gets closer, passengers who had got used to airport security officials rummaging their packages and bags, removing belts and shoes before being subjected to thorough body checks, look set for even more challenging times. For a start, passengers will have to arrive at least four hours before their flight.

Arrival:
In addition to all the other things, you will need to have a valid COVID-19 certificate issued within 72 hours issued by your country of origin. Like in other countries, Ugandan Health Officials will administer a new test at your expense.
You are required to wear a quality Face Mask. You will have your hands sanitized, and temperature will be taken.  Should you have symptoms or test positive, you will be quarantined at your expense. Everything has been done to expedite the process, including putting up testing-tents for arriving passengers.
Entebbe International Airport will re-open on October 1, 2010.  Getting here will still be problematic due to current travel restrictions placed on some countries.
Departures:
You are required to be at the airport fours before your plane’s departure. You will be checked for COVID-19 symptoms as you enter the airport.
Glass Separators have been installed for Distancing. Washrooms have no-touch faucets installed. No-Touch Doors are in the planning stages.
Uganda Wildlife Authority COVID-19 Safari Rules and Guidelines 

The Uganda Wildlife Authority has implemented guidelines for visitors to parks and wildlife reserves. Additional ones may be implemented as the need arises.

  • The mandatory temperature screening using non-contact infra-red thermometers at the critical tourism
    gates and trailheads in the different protected areas.
  •  Mandatory hand washing or sanitizing at the entrances of all UWA premises and protected areas.
  •  Wearing a face mask while inside the protected area is mandatory. On Primate Treks, at least two N95 masks, surgical masks, or double-layered cloth masks with filters.
  • Social Distancing will be enforced by the UWA Staff for the protection of all concerned.
  • The Government guidelines for carrying half capacity to observe social Distancing shall apply to the use of vehicles and boats in the parks.
  •  Saloon car vehicles shall not be permitted to carry out game drives activities in the parks and protected areas.
  • Visitors to parks are encouraged to carry their hand sanitizer and masks.

COVID-19 Safari Rules and Guidelines for Tourists to Uganda: Uganda Wildlife Authority Staff, Lodge staff, and Tour Operators are all operating on the same page. The protection of Visitors on Safari in Uganda is of utmost importance to all. No one in Tourism is taking the guidelines for COVID-10 prevention lightly.

Jon Blanc