COVID-19 Information

Last Updated: [9/23/2021]  

*** Consular Operations:   U.S. Embassy Kampala has resumed limited routine passport and citizenship appointments. All routine nonimmigrant visa services remain suspended, with very limited exceptions. U.S. citizens in Uganda who require emergency assistance should contact the Embassy using the contact information posted on the Embassy’s U.S. Citizen Services webpage. 

***  Effective January 26, all airline passengers to the United States ages two years and older must provide a negative COVID-19 viral test taken within three calendar days of travel. Alternatively, travelers to the U.S. may provide documentation from a licensed health care provider of having recovered from COVID-19 in the 90 days preceding travel.  Check the CDC website for additional information and Frequently Asked Questions.

Country-Specific Information 

    • As of September 16, 2021, all arrivals from Category 2 countries (USA, UK, UAE, Turkey, South Africa, Ethiopia, South Sudan, Kenya, Tanzania, and India) to Uganda will be subjected to PCR COVID-19 testing on arrival.  Fully vaccinated, asymptomatic travelers from Category 2 countries (except India) with proof of vaccination status will be exempted from the arrival PCR test. Travelers from India shall be subjected to mandatory PCR tests upon arrival irrespective of vaccination status. However, these procedures are not always uniformly implemented and we cannot guarantee that proof of vaccination will waive the required PCR test upon arrival. The Ministry of Health has stated that these tests should not cost more than USD 65.  Travelers subject to testing on arrival will be taken for further managementand travelers who test positive shall be treated according to the Ministry of Health protocol for COVID-19. As of May 1, the Government of Uganda recommends that all travelers from the United States (and all other Category 2 countries) postpone any non-essential travel to Uganda.  

    • The Ministry of Health requires that COVID-19 tests be taken at an approved facility within 72 hours of departure for both inbound and outbound travel to/from Uganda for all travelers, regardless of vaccination status. Children 3 years of age and below are exempted from the requirement for a negative PCR test certificate as long as they are accompanied by parents holding a negative COVID -19 PCR test certificate.   

    • A curfew of 7:00pm to 5:30am remains in place.  Boda bodas (motorbikes) must cease movement by 6:00pm.  Passengers traveling on flights are allowed to travel to the airport during curfew hours upon presentation of a valid ticket. 

    • COVID restrictions relating to businesses, schools, and places of worship may change with little notice.  Consult official Ugandan government sources for the most up-to-date information.  

    • The Kampala Capital City Authority has established a 24-hour Metro Emergency Medical Service Call Center: 0800-990-000; 0792-310-927. 

    • Uganda has an Emergency Operations Center at the Ministry of Health that is managing the COVID-19 response and can be reached through their hotline: (+256) 0800 203 033, 0800-100-066, or 0800-303-033. 

    • For the most recent statistics on the surge in COVID-19 cases in Uganda, please visit the Government of Uganda, Ministry of Health’s webpage. 

Travel Advisory at Level 3:Reconsider Travel 

  • The Department of State maintains a Level 3 Travel Advisory for Uganda recommending that travelers should reconsider travel to Uganda due to COVID-19.  The number of COVID-19 cases continues to rise in Uganda.  Travelers in Uganda should exercise increased caution due to crime and kidnapping. 

  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 2 Travel Health Notice for Uganda . If you must travel to Uganda, make sure you are fully vaccinated before travel. Because of the current situation in Uganda, even fully vaccinated travelers may be at risk for getting and spreading COVID-19 variants. Travelers at increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19 should consider postponing all travel, including essential travel, to Uganda.  Medical care resources in Uganda are limited. 

COVID-19 Testing 

  • Are PCR and/or antigen tests available for U.S. citizens in Uganda? Yes. 

  • If so, are test results reliably available within 72 hours? Yes.  

      • A number of health facilities in Kampala offer COVID-19 testing. For a full list of accredited laboratories and approved sample collection points, please visit the Ministry of Health’s website.  Travelers are expected to cover all costs associated with their COVID-19 test.  Average cost for testing is UGX 180,000 – 240,000. 

      • Delivery of test results may be via email, text message (i.e. a PDF sent via WhatsApp) or physical copy.  Make sure to confirm a delivery method that suits your needs before selecting a company/lab to conduct the test, and to take your passport with you to the testing – for results to be properly linked in the electronic system used by the airport.  It is recommended to bring a printed copy of your test results showing the name and contact information of the accredited lab used with you to the airport.

    • A COVID RDT Antigen test can be done next to the airport in Entebbe at the Kazuri Medical clinic (+256 0702 199 000 / +256 0787 199 788, Plot 168 Kampala Road, Katabi, Entebbe). The antigen test takes 15 minutes and costs 50 USD, certified results are provided onsite. 

    • For information on limited humanitarian exemption to the COVID test requirement upon entry to the United States, please review the following page: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/ea/covid-testing-required-us-entry.html. Humanitarian exemptions to this order will be granted on an extremely limited basis and will only be considered when the country of departure lacks adequate COVID-19 testing capacity. To submit information in support of an exemption, email KampalaUSCitizen@state.gov. 

COVID-19 Vaccine Information 

  • Has the government of Uganda approved a COVID-19 vaccine for use?  Yes.  

    • Uganda is part of the global COVAX initiative and has received a first round of Astra-Zeneca vaccine as well as two donated allotments of Astra-Zeneca vaccine. Additional vaccine donations of Astra-ZenecaModerna (through COVAX from the U.S.), Pfizer (from the U.S. government), and Sinovac (from the Chinese government) have recently been received. Vaccine supplies remain limited, however, and high-risk groups (healthcare workers, those >50years, teachers, and those with underlying conditions) continue to be prioritized. Private health entities have plans to purchase vaccines that will be offered to paying clients as part of the overall national vaccine plans. Precise dates or locations where vaccines for purchase would be available have not yet been publicized. 

  • Are vaccines available in Uganda for U.S. citizens to receive?  Yes. 

    • U.S. citizen residents of Uganda who have a valid Uganda visa are eligible to receive free vaccine at any posted vaccination center. Interested residents should refer to the MOH website to find locations and check any restrictions that may be in place at the time.  

  • Which vaccines are available in Uganda?  AstraZeneca, Moderna, Sinovac, and Pfizer are currently available in Uganda. 

  • Visit the FDA’s website to learn more about FDA-approved vaccines in the United States. 

  • The United States Government does not plan to provide COVID-19 vaccinations to private U.S. citizens overseas.  Please follow host country developments and guidelines for COVID-19 vaccination. 

Entry and Exit Requirements 

  • Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter? Yes. 

    • Per the Ministry of the Internal Affairs, only travelers with approved visas having applied online will be granted entry. Applications can be made at www.visas.immigration.go.ug. 

    • Any traveler from the Category 2 countries, including the United States, will be subjected to a PCR COVID-19 test, at the traveler’s expense, at all points of entry into Uganda, including Entebbe International Airport. Fully vaccinated, asymptomatic travelers from Category 2 countries (except India) with proof of vaccination status will be exempted from the arrival PCR test. Travelers from India shall be subjected to mandatory PCR testing upon arrival irrespective of vaccination status. However, these procedures are not always uniformly implemented and we cannot guarantee that proof of vaccination will waive the required PCR test upon arrival. The Ministry of Health has stated that these tests should not cost more than USD 65. Travelers presenting with COVID-19 signs and symptoms or other infectious disease will be subjected to secondary screening and will be taken for further management. If found to have an infectious disease, they will be taken for further management at the infectious disease hospital.Travelers from any country trying to enter Uganda must also have a negative PCR COVID-19 test taken no more than 72 hours before boarding aircraft in-bound to Uganda, regardless of vaccine status. Children 3 years of age and below are exempted from the requirement for a negative PCR test certificate as long as they are accompanied by parents holding a negative COVID -19 PCR test certificate.   

  • Is a negative COVID-19 test (PCR and/or serology) required for entry? Yes. 

    • All travelers, regardless of vaccination status, must take a certified PCR COVID-19 test no more than 72 hours before departure for Uganda and obtain a negative result. Tests must have been done by a health facility that is accredited by the government of the country in which the test is conducted. Travelers will be required to present their test results to the airline to receive confirmation of their flight booking. 

    • Additionally, as of September 16, all arrivals from  Category 2 countries (USA, UK, UAE, Turkey, South Africa, Ethiopia, South Sudan, Kenya, Tanzania and India) to Uganda will be subjected to PCR COVID-19 testing on arrival. Fully vaccinated, asymptomatic travelers from Category 2 countries (except India) with proof of vaccination status will be exempted from the arrival PCR test. 

  • Is a negative COVID-19 test (PCR and/or serology) required for exit? Yes. 

    • The Government of Uganda requires that all departing passengers present a negative PCR COVID-19 test taken not more than 72 hours before departure. This requirement is mandatory for all departing passengers out of Uganda even if the destination country does not require it.  COVID-19 tests for departing passengers must be taken at an accredited laboratory or a COVID-19 sample collection point approved by the Ministry of Health.  A full list of approved testing facilities can be found on the Ministry of Health’s website.  Travelers are expected to cover all costs associated with their COVID-19 test and test results must indicate that they are for the express purpose of travel with the annotation “TRAVEL” clearly marked, 

    • Out-bound travelers should review and comply with the testing requirements for transit and destination countries. For example, certain international passengers traveling to, or transiting through, the Netherlands must provide a negative PCR test certificate no older than 72 hours and a negative rapid antigen test within 4 hours prior to boarding, and passengers traveling to UAE must have negative PCR within 48 hours. 

  • Are health screening procedures in place at airports and other ports of entry? Yes. 

    • In-bound travelers will be subject to temperature and health screening upon arrival. 

    • Any arriving passengers who exhibit signs or symptoms of an infectious disease will be subjected to secondary screening.. Travelers who test positive for COVID-19 test shall be treated according to the Ministry of Health protocol for COVID-19.

Information regarding visa extensions for residents and/or tourists: 

The Ministry of Internal Affairs under the Directorate of Citizenship and Immigration is the issuing authority for Uganda. Foreign residents and visitors with visa issues or questions can visit the Ministry of Internal Affairs office Monday through Friday from 0800h to 1400h. 

Movement Restrictions 

  • Is a curfew in place? Yes. 

    • A nationwide curfew is enforced from 7:00pm to 5:30am. Note that arriving and departing airline passengers will be exempt curfew restrictions when their flights take place during curfew hours.  However, drivers should have with them documentary evidence of their connection to passengers arriving at or departing from the airport in order to facilitate passage through police checkpoints enforcing the nationwide curfew. 

    • Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel? Yes. 

    • Public transportation may operate at 50% capacity observing SOPs. 

    • Private interdistrict transport is permitted with no more than 3 passengers in a vehicle. 

    • Cargo trucks (with no more than two people) and registered tourist vehicles will be permitted to move between districts. 

    • When in public, wearing of masks is required and individuals are expected to maintain social distancing at all times. 

Quarantine Information 

  • Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine? No. 

    • Quarantine is not required for arriving foreign nationals who have a negative PCR COVID-19 test result done by an accredited laboratory in the country of origin unless the person exhibits signs or symptoms of an infectious disease, or if the individual receives positive test results when he/she is tested upon arrival. 

Transportation Options 

  • Are commercial flights operating? Yes. 

    • Entebbe International Airport is open for regular commercial traffic. 

  • Is public transportation operating? Yes.  

    • Public transportation may operate at 50% capacity observing SOPs. 

Fines for Non-Compliance 

  • Violators may face varying consequences including verbal warnings from police, being detained for a period of time, or formal arrest for disobeying presidential directives and/or for a negligent act likely to spread disease. 

Consular Operations 

  • The consular section at U.S. Embassy Kampala has resumed limited routine processing of U.S. passports and Consular Reports of Birth Abroad (CRBA). For a passport appointment, please visit our website. U.S. Citizens in need of emergency assistance should contact us at KampalaUSCitizen@state.gov. For a CRBA appointment, the applicant must first be documentarily ready for interview. To request a CRBA appointment, please email KampalaCRBA@state.gov. 

  • Routine non-immigrant visa processing remains suspended, with limited exceptions for emergencies. In order to request an emergency visa appointment, the applicant must first have an appointment scheduled. Please see our website for more information. 

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