Up to Date Travel Advisories – Advice & Information for Visitors to Uganda
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Here is your Latest Travel Security-Health Advice Visiting Uganda Uganda on a Safari. The latest information regarding Safety, Security, Health, and Well-Being that you need to know. The no-spin up to date information that might concern Travelers.
Latest Travel, Security-Health Advice Visiting Uganda. The No-Spin Reality in Uganda is addressing concerns that visitors to Uganda might have. We cut across Hyped news-reports, anecdotal blogs, and Travel Forum Posts to give you what is happening presently in Uganda and how it affects Travelers.
This page will be updated when changes that affect travelers to Uganda, whether they are regarding entry into Uganda for Tourists, Safety-Security Concerns, and Health-related issues.
Often what you might read in Europe, North America, or other parts of the world about Uganda will differ what you find upon arrival to Uganda, the Pearl of Africa, and one of the Friendliest and Welcoming countries on the African Continent.
Latest Travel, Security-Health Advice Visiting Uganda. We know Uganda. We live and work here. Tourism, Safaris are our Business. Your security and well-being are foremost in our minds. We plan our Hakuna Matata-No Worry Safaris are taking in the current situation in Uganda.
Your Latest Travel Security-Health Advice Visiting Uganda
January 26-2020 – Yellow Fever Outbreak in Uganda:
January 24-The Ugandan Ministry of Healthy confirmed a Yellow Fever Outbreak in Northern Uganda. Dr. Jane Ruth Aceng, the minister of Health, confirmed that three people died of Yellow Fever in Moyo and Buliisa. Those who died were two Timber Trader that contracted Yellow Fever in South Sudan and died in Moyo Hospital isolation ward. The other was a milk-trader based in DR Congo.
Medical Teams from the Ministry of Health have been dispatched and are vaccinating residents. The Ministry of Health will include Yellow fever vaccination into routine immunization schedules.
Dr. Yonas T Woldermariam, the WHO country representative in Uganda, says that the yellow fever vaccine is the most effective way to protect against the disease. “The vaccine offers protection of a100 percent. There’s no yellow fever cure. The vaccine is the only way to get protection,” he said.
Symptoms of yellow fever include fever, headache, jaundice, muscle pain, nausea, vomiting, and fatigue. According to WHO, few people who get infected with the disease develop severe symptoms. Approximately half of those to acquire the symptoms die within 7-10 days of being infected.
Please Note: There is no human to human transmission of Yellow Fever. Read more about Yellow Fever and the Yellow Fever Certificate Requirements
November 6-2019 -Avoid Protests-Political Demonstrations and Rallies:
The presidential elections do not take place until February 2021, but already rallies, demonstrations, have taken place. Opposition rallies rarely are permitted and are shut down by the police and military. Uganda is a Democracy. However, it is an African Democracy. Uganda has a multi-party system. However, the ruling party is deeply entrenched at every level of society.
African is an interpretation of Democracy that often will differ from what you might be accustomed to in your Country. Criticism of the government and its president is accepted in Uganda within reason, unlike in neighboring Rwanda.
Demonstrations such as a recent student strike at the esteemed Makarere University were dealt with quite firmly by the government. There were responses by the police and military that resulted in arrests, including a Military Police Captain.
We are a Tour Operator and a political commentator. The safety and well-being of our clients come first. We keep our clients out of Kampala at present. The new road system allows us to do so. We also do not use hotels in downtown Kampala but less turbulent Entebbe and the suburbs of Kampala.
October 12 – 2019 -The Anti-Gay Bill is not being revived:
The Minister of Ethics, Simon Lokodo, announced on October 10 that he was reintroducing the Anti-Gay Bill, often referred to as “Kill the Gays Bill” in the Western Press in Parliament. Ir made instant headlines around the World. Two days later, the Government announced, contrary to Minister Lokodo, that there was no reintroduction planned by the government. That, however, did not make headlines around the world,
The anti-gay bill has cost Uganda’s Millions of Dollars in lost Tourism Income, Aid and Grants from governments and institutions.
Even the suggestion of a reviving the Anti-Gay Bill hurts Uganda’s Image and pocketbook.
The Supreme Court rescinded the Anti-Gay Bill due to a technicality. There are no plans to revive it by the powers up high in Uganda at present.
Generally, Africans have a very different viewpoint than Westerners on LGBT issues. Visitors, however, are welcomed, and discretion is advised.
In 2020 the western press still writes that the Anti-Gay Bill is yet being revived when it is not.
October 4 – 2019 – FDLR Rebels kill 14 near Volcanoes National Park – Rwanda
FDLRRrebels from the Democratic Republic of Congo entered Rwanda through Volcanoes National Park and killed 14 Rwandans. Rwandan Security Forces repelled the attackers. 19 Rebels were murdered, and Five were killed. No Tourists were harmed, and no Tourist Facilities were attacked.
Rwanda has put stringent security measures to prevent the re-occurrence of this event. Extra Levels of security have also been added to lodges and hotels and the Park Headquarters.
It was the second attack in the area. The last one was in December of 2018 when two Rwandan Soldiers were killed. Rwanda also has had rebels near Nyungwe Forest, where they attacked several Villages. Again no tourists were involved.
Uganda is the only Mountain Gorilla Destination without Guerrillas, just Gorillas.
August 14 – 2019-Gorilla Permit Price increases $100 to $700 July 1, 2020
The Uganda Gorilla Permit Price increases to $700 effective July 1-2020. Any Safari booked after June 30th, 2020, will include the 700 USD Gorilla Permit Price. It differs from the past. Permit prices will be 700 USD after June 30, 2020. There are no exceptions in 2020.
Uganda Wildlife Authority could have quickly gone to 1,000 USD for the permit price. The 100 USD price increase shows a measured restraint by the Uganda Wildlife Authority. Affordability for most was on the mind of the Uganda Wildlife Agency.
Gorilla Permits in Rwanda remain at 1,500 USD since their goal is the exclusive luxury tourist for whom money is no object. The reality, however, is this. Those looking for a Luxury Gorilla Safari still choose Uganda since they can do a safari here in Uganda at a fraction of the price of a similar Rwandan Safari, and Uganda has more to offer than Rwanda.
Any Safari booked after June 30, 2020, will reflect the $700 Gorilla Permit Price
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Uganda is Ebola Free – January 2020
The World Health Organization and the Ugandan Ministry of Health state that Uganda continues to be Ebola Free.
Ebola had entered Uganda from the Democratic Republic Congo on June 9th, 2019. Three Patients died. All those that they had been in contact with were monitored for 21 days. No other cases of Ebola were registered.
Ebola rages along with Cholera with no change in sight at present. Health officials are having a hard time in DR Congo dealing with rebel groups that attack medical staff at Ebola centers.
It is excellent news for Ugandans and Tourists alike. If you want more information, we provide it for you here with the latest.
The Uganda-Border Situation and Tourists:
The Ugandan Border is closed for Rwandans, for incoming commercial goods from Uganda. Though there will be a two-week reprieve in June of 2019 as Rwanda will allow Trucks to once again cross the border freely from Uganda.
Note- Tourism Traffic has not been hindered for Ugandan Tour Operators such as ourselves that pick their Clients up in Kigali, or Kigali International Airport and take them on Safari in Uganda. No Ugandan Tourist vehicle has been blocked crossing the Ugandan-Rwandan Border in either Direction.
Rwanda blocking its border with Rwanda has resulted in Travel Advisories being issued by some countries such as France, Canada, Australia against Rwanda. We think that the Travel Advisories were erroneously and hastily released. For More Detailed information read
Entebbe Expressway Nighttime Security:
The Entebbe Expressway is a time-saving road connection between Kampala and Entebbe. It is a modern Chinese built four-lane highway. It has dramatically reduced the drive time for travelers from Kampala to Entebbe. The final leg is being completed in July of 2019. If you look at the picture, the lights are absent. That absence of lighting has attracted criminals to do their deeds, including some incidents of robbery with those arriving at Entebbe International Airport at night.
Security has been dramatically increased. However, the prudent and safe thing to do is to avoid nighttime driving on the Entebbe Expressway. The exception would be that you are being transported by one of the major hotels in Kampala on a bus. That is what we have done with our clients. It is not a significant problem, but it has happened on a few occasions.
Lights along the Entebbe Expressway have been promised, which will make a difference. In the meantime, increased security by the Police and Local Defense Units has acted as a deterrent to incidents.
Staying at an Entebbe Hotel is a safe and sound alternative both for arrival and departure.
Uganda-Safety and Security for Travelers in light of the April 2019 of an American Tourist and Driver:
Kimberly Sue Endicott and her driver were kidnapped by Ugandan Criminals and were released after five days of captivity in the neighboring Democratic Republic of Congo. The question frequently asked, “Am In safe on a Safari in Uganda:” The other less asked question is, “How can I avoid being kidnapped on Safari in Uganda?”
Uganda was and is secure for Travelers on a Safari. Since the kidnapping, Park security has been ramped up a few notches involving Uganda Wildlife Authority Rangers, the Ugandan Military, Police, and Tourism Police.
Your Safety and Security is on the mind of everyone involved in Ugandan Tourism. Some Uganda Wildlife Authority Rangers were receiving specialized training from the US Military during June in 2019. All of us want you to have a Hakuna Matata- Worry-Free Safari in the Pearl of Africa. For practical steps that you can take combined with what Uganda is doing to keep you safe on safari, we have advice you can read here.
Political Demonstrations and Election Campaigning in Uganda:
Though the Presidential Election is not until 2021, enthusiastic campaigning is well underway in one form or another. We, as a tour operator, keep you away from all demonstrations. Political Rallies take place mostly in Kampala and a few other towns such as Entebbe, Jinja, Mbarara, Mbale. Parks are away from cities, and if there is a rally of one kind of another, we avoid going there.
Political Demonstrations make International News, and that news is often slanted, and the person writing about an event in Uganda is based in Nairobi or Johannesburg. We are not reporters, nor are we politicians. Our Staff does not wear the color red of the opposition, or yellow of the party in power. We wear the neutral color of Khaki = with the Ugandan Flag on it since it is the country we are passionate about. For more about advice on the stormy winds of Election in Uganda – read more here.
Often there is confusing, outdated, and conflicting information when it comes to the Ugandan Tourist Visa. Uganda would prefer it to be all online. It, however, has not worked out as planned by the Ugandan Immigration Department.
Foreign Embassies, at times, do not have the correct information in regards to the Visa. At times we receive emails telling us we are wrong about Visa on arrival in Uganda. We would not mislead our clients coming on a safari.
The test that will show you that you can get a visa on arrival is quite simple. Check with the Airline that you are using to fly to Uganda. You have the choice of online or on arrival. Most choose the latter.
Does obtaining an online Ugandan Visa speed up the process upon landing. The answer is no. You still have to stand in immigration lines, get the actual visa stamped into your passport. The choice is yours.
Fraudulent Visa Services:
You can also obtain your Visa on Arrival. Do not use Uganda Authorization Services. That is a fraudulent and questionable third-party provider.
Most often, you pay a lot of money and receive nothing in return. They have an official-looking website. However, they are not based in Uganda but in Spain.
Other companies have cropped up recently, do not use them. If you do so, you do so at your own risk.
In 2019, you can obtain a visa online or on arrival either at Entebbe International Airport or at the border entering Uganda. The process of getting a visa on arrival is hassle-free.
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We are quite passionate about the Pearl of Africa – Uganda wanting visitors to have a safe safari as do all that is part of Tourism in Uganda.
Tourism is Uganda’s Number One Income Earner. It provides some of the best jobs in the country. The Ugandan government is always on the lookout for investors. They often overlook the Tourist, who is Uganda’s Number One Investor.
Every ten new arriving tourists provide additional jobs and careers for Ugandans, provides the much needed foreign exchange, and do so without polluting lakes, rivers, and wetlands.
The Tourist has V.I.P. Status in Uganda and is treated in that manner. The Safety, Security, and Well-being of Tourists are on everyone’s mind…Enjoy the Pearl of Africa…I as an American have since 1992…jon