Information for Tourists Arriving – Departing Entebbe International
Entebbe International Airport – Practical Advice – Tips for Tourists
Practical Information for Tourists, Safari Goers about Entebbe International Airport (EBB) where most International Visitors arrive at or depart from. Presently it is undergoing a Facelift and Upgrade. Security is tight here making getting to Departure more difficult. There is no roadside drop-off or pickup at Entebbe International Airport.
You have to walk from the parking lot for departure and to it during arrival. If our Safari Tour Guide is meeting you, it will be outside of the building at arrivals with a Hand Held Kabiza Wilderness Safaris Sign on him.
Entebbe Airport (EBB) is not the grandest looking building but it is very functional and airport, immigration, custom Staff on duty will do their best to be of help to a Tourist arriving in the Pearl of Africa – Uganda. (presently being renovated)
Uganda is just ahead of you after you leave the Arrivals and step outside. Your African Dream Safari is about to begin and we are are glad you came. If you are departing, we look forward to Greeting you again in the future.
Practical Entebbe Airport Arrival Information for Tourists:
Things you will need in order to obtain entry into Uganda .
- Valid Passport issued by your country of origin, not to expire for 6 months.
- Arrival Card that you received on the Airplane – filled out – extra copies are available in Immigration area of Arrivals.
- You will have a brief Ebola Check as you enter the main building. No Ebola outbreak is present in Uganda.
- Return Ticket to country of origin: This is usually not asked for, but can be.
- Enough funds or ways to obtain funds: In some rare situations, you might be asked if you have sufficient funds with you while you are in Uganda. Show your ATM card if you have to – rarely asked.
- Safari Itinerary can also be helpful with our address -normally not requested, but it is good to have handy when going through Immigration.
- Not all items listed here may be asked for.
Uganda and Tourism Visas have been a sort of rocky road for tourists but of August 2016 things seem to have stabilized by those in the Uganda Tourism Sector and Uganda Immigration ensuring that a tourist coming for a Safari has an easy pathway to a Tourist Visas and everyone is grateful.
The Price of Tourism Visa had been raised to a record high for East Africa at 100 USD, it was reduced July 22nd – 2016 to 50 USD making it much more affordable and in line with Kenya, Rwanda and Tanzania.
Many coming for a Safari in Uganda like to have everything settled before they arrive in Entebbe when it comes to a Tourism Visa and the solution is there for them with Online E-Tourism Visas. It will take about 20 minutes to fill out the forms and upload information to them. Normally you have an answer within 48 hours.
Others do not want to go through what they see as a hassle to them applying for a Uganda Tourism Visa and they prefer the on-arrival process.
On Arrival Visas continue to be available and there is no present cut-off date as of August 1 – 2016. That may change and our Visa Pages for Uganda will reflect the latest changes.
An East African Tourist Visa allows you access into Uganda, Kenya and Rwanda – Tanzania has not chosen to join the East African Tourist Visa Platform and Burundi has been struggling with internal strife and does not have any Tourists visiting it.
You must apply for the East African Tourism Visa with the first country that you will be entering in East Africa. In Uganda you can apply for it online and on arrival. You can reenter Uganda without paying any extra fees in case that your flight home is from Entebbe.
Luggage Pickup at Entebbe:
After you have passed through immigration it is time to pick up your luggage. Unlike other African Airports there is minimal pilferage of your luggage at Entebbe.
You can pick up a free baggage cart and proceed to the carousel where the flight’s luggage is starting to roll in. Pick your bags and the last procedure will be customs.
In the rare case of lost, missing, delayed luggage, report it immediately – we have put together a page of suggestions for lost luggage and continuing with your safari.
This is the last procedure and normally a Tourist is not asked to open bags, on rare occasions bags may be scanned.
- You can bring with you, 400 cigarettes or 500 grams of tobacco. One bottle of spirits or wine, and or 2 1/2 liters of beer, 1oz of perfume.
- Duty Free items purchased on plane or airport will be recognized as such.
ATM Machines and Forex bureaus in the Arrival’s Lounge:
If you need Ugandan Shillings (UGX) you can obtain them using an ATM machine in the arrivals lounge. You will receive the withdrawal in Uganda Shillings. Visa card is the most widely accepted card. Our Tour-Guide can also take you to a Forex Bureau away from the airport for better exchange rates. See more on our Money Tips Page,
Depending on your arrival time we will take you to a nearby Hotel for a night’s rest before your safari begins.
Practical Entebbe Airport Departure Information for Tourists:
Departure – it is best to arrive 3 hours early for your flight home since for overseas flights there can be long line-ups – three hours is recommended and we make sure our clients are there in due time.
Security is tight, you have to carry the luggage up a ramp because of security and your luggage is scanned as you enter the departure and check-in ticketing area. Extra luggage will incur you extra fees – pack wisely.
After check-in with your airline, fill out the Immigration departure form. The line for immigration may seem long, but it moves rather quickly since leaving is easier than coming in regards to information required.
Most souvenirs are of no problem and since our clients do not return home with hunting trophy times they have no problems with custom.
There are duty-free shops and you can use your last Uganda shillings while buying a few things such as a book for the plane ride, some souvenirs or other items as found in duty-free shops anywhere in the world.
A restaurant here, don’t order a drink (triple the price as in town), but there is also a very nice VIP lounge where snacks and drinks are served. Bathroom facilities are large and very clean and there are outlets for you to use as you freshen up for your flight home.
Entebbe International Airport is not one of the wonders of the airport world, but it is very functional. You might to realize that the extra security is not to hassle you but to protect you and so far the airport has been incident free. Mostly – enjoy your stay – your safari in Uganda and enjoy your journey home...