COVID-19 Information

Last Updated: [06/10/2022]   

*** As of 12:01 a.m. EDT June 12, 2022, the CDC order requiring all persons aged two and above to show a negative COVID-19 test result or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 before boarding a flight to the United States, is rescinded.  Starting at 12:01 a.m. EDT on June 12, 2022, the CDC will no longer order air passengers to show a negative COVID-19 test result, or show documentation of recovery from COVID-19, prior to boarding a flight to the United States.  Of note, CDC’s Order requiring proof of vaccination for non-U.S. citizen nonimmigrants to travel to the United States is still in effect.  For more information see Requirement for Proof of COVID-19 Vaccination for Air Passengers.  

Check the CDC website for additional information and Frequently Asked Questions.   

Country-Specific Information   

  • The Government of Uganda requires all in-bound and out-bound travelers to show proof of full COVID-19 vaccinations, except for travelers aged 5 years and below.  Boosters are not considered a requirement in Uganda.  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.  Passengers are strongly recommended to have a paper copy of their vaccinations or test results for both entering and exiting Uganda. The Ugandan Ministry of Health may conduct random COVID testing for inbound travelers.  Although the curfew has been lifted, COVID restrictions relating to the operation of businesses, schools, and places of worship may change with little notice.  Consult official Ugandan government sources for the most up-to-date information.  
  • Although the curfew has been lifted, COVID restrictions relating to the operation of businesses, schools, and places of worship may change with little notice.  Consult official Ugandan government sources for the most up-to-date information.

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.  Travelers in Uganda should exercise increased caution due to crime and terrorism.  
  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 1 Travel Health Notice for Uganda. 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 one calendar day? 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. 
  • For information on limited humanitarian exemptions to the COVID test requirement upon entry to the United States, please review the following page:  https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/international-travel/before-you-go/covid-19_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 several types of vaccine. Currently the country has AstraZeneca, Moderna, Pfizer, and Sinovac available for free to anyone over 18 years of age, although recipients are not able to choose which vaccine they receive. Those over 50 years of age, healthcare workers, teachers, and those with underlying conditions are being prioritized. 
  • 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 Ugandan government websites to find locations and check any restrictions that may be in place at the time.   
  • Which vaccines are available in Uganda?  AstraZeneca, Moderna, Pfizer, and Sinovac 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.  
  • Is a negative COVID-19 test (PCR and/or serology) required for entry? Depends on vaccination status  
  • Is a negative COVID-19 test (PCR and/or serology) required for exit? Depends on vaccination status 
  • Note that if a traveler tests positive for COVID-19, he/she must then wait seven days before a negative test will permit him/her to depart Uganda.  A negative result fewer than seven days after a positive result will not be accepted by the Ministry of Health for departure.  
  • Out-bound travelers should review and comply with the testing requirements for transit and destination countries. 

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 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  

Movement Restrictions   

  • Is a curfew in place? No.  
  • Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel? No.  

Quarantine Information   

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

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 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. 
  • The consular section at U.S. Embassy Kampala has resumed limited processing of non-immigrant visas.  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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