Uganda Corona Virus Travel Ban
Uganda’s Borders are closed due to the Coronavirus Travel Ban
Uganda puts Coronavirus Travel Ban into Force: No one can travel to or from Uganda. The Entebbe Airport was closed on March 22, 2020, at midnight.
The first case of the Corona Virus was detected on March 21, 2020, in a returning Ugandan Traveler at Entebbe airport.
The Coronavirus Travel Ban will be in place for the foreseeable future and will be lifted when the coronavirus pandemic diminishes.
No one here or elsewhere has had to deal with such a situation as this. Obviously it affects the business we are in, Tourism and we are dealing with one client at a time.
The Coronavirus has now infected a mass of people worldwide and has taken the lives of over 5.000 people.
The Minister of Health, Dr. Jane Ruth Aceng, added that travelers from these nations would undergo strict health monitoring for COVID-19. “Any traveler from these countries, including Ugandan nationals, will be subjected to self-quarantine for 14 days on arrival to Uganda even if they do not exhibit symptoms of COVID-19.”
For those that were coming to Uganda for a Safari that means a change of plans. The mandatory 14-Day self-quarantine will not work, meaning, that Tourists have to reschedule their Safari to post Coronavirus date. Something that no one can forecast at this time.
Should the Coronavirus outbreak go viral in other countries, they would be added to the current list of nations to whom the Travel Ban applies.
Travelers from the rest of the countries will undergo routine screening upon arrival. All travelers are advised to follow Coronaviorus Prevention Measures set forth by the Ministry of Health.
Coronavirus recommendations to prevent infection spread:
• Avoid close contact with people who are visibly sick with flu-like symptoms (fever, cough, sneezing, and running nose).
• Wash your hands frequently with soap and running water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
• Stay home when you experience these symptoms to avoid spreading illness to others.
• Persons will flu-like symptoms are encouraged to use a face-mask to cover the nose and mouth to reduce the risk of spread.
• Cover the mouth and nose with a tissue or handkerchief when you cough or sneeze, then throw the tissue in the trash and wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water (Good coughing and sneezing etiquette).
• Regularly clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces such as door handles.
• Wash Hands after handling Cash
The Uganda Coronavirus Travel Ban – What about my scheduled and booked Safari?
The unforeseen Uganda Coronavirus Travel Ban was not on the itinerary that we prepared for you. If you are affected by this, we will do everything that we can to reschedule your safari to a time when the Coronavirus outbreak has been contained. The timing of that is, of course, beyond our or your control.
It is, for once, a virus or disease that did not originate in Africa. The Coronavirus has hardly reared its head in Africa.
Uganda, the Ministry of Health is doing whatever is humanly possible to a Coronavirus outbreak in Uganda. The travel ban is part of the strategy put forth by the Minister of Health to keep Uganda, Coronavirus free. One can only hope that it will work.
If you have any questions about your Safari, please contact us via email. We will immediately respond and try to fulfill your wishes or answer your questions.
New Safari Bookings:
We continue to book Safaris for the latter part of 2020 and all of 2021. Like all those in the travel industry, Ugandan Tour Operators are affected by the spread of the Coronavirus throughout the world.
May cures, effective treatments, immunizations be found that helps brings this epidemic under control.
We will update our website as things become clearer during these unusual travel times. Fortunately for all of us, Tough times do not last, they are seasonal. May the Coronavirus Season soon be over.
All of our future bookings will be written up with flexibility as organizations such as Uganda Wildlife Authority hopefully adjusts ts Gorilla, Chimpanzee Permit policy.
Uganda remains the favorite and premier primate destination in East Africa. Its scenic beauty remains unrivaled. Its people friendly and welcoming and the country is safe, stable and secure even.
For Further Reading we suggest – A word to our Clients during the Coronavirus pandemic.
Below is an instance of how the Coronavirus Travel Ban was implemented by the Ministry of Health at Entebbe Airport