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Amidst the ongoing Corona virus pandemic, Uganda is constantly devising new ways to adapt with the “new normal”. As such, the Ministry of Health is always on high alert to divert any threats and all the while preserving the country’s economy.
For the tourism sector, it is all good news as many mandatory requirements have been lifted following effective mass vaccination and vigilance. Here are some guidelines to take note of before travelling to and from Uganda.
All in-bound and outbound travelers will be required to show proof of full Covid19 vaccination, except for travelers aged 5 years and below
For fully vaccinated incoming travelers, requirement for a negative PCR test done within 72 hours pre-boarding has been suspended with immediate effect.
Requirement for a negative PCR test done within 72 hours for all out bound travelers is suspended with immediate effect for those who are fully vaccinated, except where it is a requirement of the destination country or the carrier airline.
Travelers with partial or no vaccination will be required to present a negative PCR test done within 72 hours of travel.
Travelers below 5 years are not required to present a negative PCR test upon arrival or departure.
TESTING AND SCREENING UPON ARRIVAL
Mandatory Covid19 testing upon arrival remains suspended.
Mandatory screening for all incoming travelers for Covid19 symptoms like temperature and colds will continue in-order to identify Covid19 carriers.
Fully vaccinated travelers are no longer required to wear face masks when outdoors provided there are no crowds. In case of gatherings, all persons are required to wear masks.
In confined spaces and indoors such as public transport means, shops, schools, offices and hospitals among others where 2 meters social distancing can’t be observed, all persons shall be required to wear face masks; whether fully vaccinated or not.
All persons belonging to vulnerable or high risk populations such as the elderly (50 years and older) and people living with co-morbidities (irrespective of age) are advised to wear face masks at all times whether fully vaccinated or not.