COVID-19 Information

COVID-19 Information
Last updated: [09/23/20]

Country-Specific Information:

  • The numbers of confirmed cases of COVID-19 and related deaths continues to rise in Uganda.  For the most recent statistics, please visit the Government of Uganda, Ministry of Health’s webpage. The Ministry of Health (MOH) designated Kampala as a COVID-19 hotspot on August 13 following an increase in cases in the city and because the majority of deaths in the country to date have occurred there.
  • On September 20, President Museveni announced changes to the current restrictions, including opening of Entebbe International Airport on October 1 and all land borders, allowing schools to re-open on October 15 for the candidate classes, permitting places of worship to gather with groups of 70 persons or less, and allowing open-air sport activities to resume without spectators. He also lifted restrictions on movement to and from border districts. The curfew (2100h-0600h) remains in place, as does the closure of gyms, bars, casinos, gaming centers, and cinemas. Motorcycle taxi (boda boda) drivers must cease their movements by 1800h.
  • Letter to U.S. Citizens : Now is the Time to take Precautions!

Entry and Exit Requirements:

  • Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter? Yes
    • Currently, only special repatriation flights, organized by the Government of Uganda, are being permitted to arrive at Entebbe International Airport.  However, President Museveni announced on September 20 that the airport will soon open and tourists will be permitted to enter the country with a negative COVID-19 test taken no more than 72 hours before arrival in Uganda.  The Civil Aviation Authority confirmed that Entebbe International Airport will reopen to regularly scheduled commercial traffic effective October 1, though service may be at a level reduced from that provided prior to the closure in March.
  • Is a negative COVID-19 test (PCR and/or serology) required for entry? Yes
    • Travelers must take a certified PCR COVID-19 test no more than 72 hours before departure 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. For more information, please visit the Ministry of Foreign Affairs website.
    • 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.
  • Are health screening procedures in place at airports and other ports of entry? Yes.
    • Currently, all arriving travelers are required to undergo a COVID-19 test, at their own expense, at their pre-approved quarantine location on arrival in Uganda.
    • Detailed information on health screening procedures at the airport once the airports reopens has not yet been provided, but the President indicated that institutional quarantine would cease.
  • Information regarding visa extensions for residents and/or tourists: The Ministry of Internal Affairs opened their office for visa renewals and other routine immigration matters on June 15.  Foreign residents and visitors with visa issues or questions can visit their office Monday through Friday from 0800h to 1400h.

Movement Restrictions:

  • Is a curfew in place? Yes.
    • A nationwide curfew is enforced from 2100h to 0600h.
  • Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel? No.
    • Public transport is generally allowed at half-capacity and all passengers are required to wear masks.
    • 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?
    • Currently, prior to the reopening of the airport, all passengers returning to Uganda, including U.S. citizens and legal permanent residents who might be able to avail themselves of special repatriation flights bringing passengers into Uganda, must be prepared to quarantine at the direction of the Government of Uganda. This will include institutional quarantine at one’s own expense for approximately 14-17 days at a property pre-approved by the Ugandan government.
    • Upon arrival, travelers must deposit their passports with Ugandan immigration authorities. Passports will be returned at the completion of the mandatory quarantine period and upon presentation to the Office of Immigration of a certificate of release from quarantine issued by the Ministry of Health. Additionally, said certificate must indicate a negative COVID-19 test result from a test administered at the end of the quarantine period.
    • Once the airport reopens, tourists will be permitted to enter Uganda without the need to submit themselves to institutional quarantine provided they proceed directly to their tourist destinations or transit hotels without mixing with Ugandans.  Ugandan nationals and residents will be allowed to enter and proceed to their homes upon presentation of a negative COVID-19 test result, and after providing their home address to the Ministry of Health for any follow-up.

COVID-19 Testing:

Transportation Options:

  • Are commercial flights operating? Not currently, but they are expected to resume soon.
    • The Ugandan Civil Aviation Authority has announced that scheduled commercial passenger operations at Entebbe International Airport are set to resume on October 1, 2020.
  • Is public transportation operating? Yes.
    • Public transport operators are expected to provide sanitization, passengers are required to wear masks, and seating is limited to half regular capacity.

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.
  • Local Defense Units are deployed nightly to reinforce the police in ensuring compliance with the COVID-19 safety protocols.

Consular Operations:

  • American Citizen Services: The consular section at U.S. Embassy Kampala is now offering limited routine appointments for passports and notarial services, as well as appointments for Consular Reports of Birth Abroad (CRBA).  To schedule a passport or notarial appointment, please visit our website.  To qualify for a CRBA appointment, you must first be documentarily ready for interview.  To submit your documents for review, please email KampalaCRBA@state.gov.  CRBA appointments are being scheduled for those who are already documentarily ready in chronological order of receipt.
  • Visa services: The U.S. Embassy in Uganda remains unable to resume routine visa services at this time.  We will resume routine visa services as soon as possible, but are unable to provide a specific date at this time.  The MRV fee is valid and may be used to schedule an interview appointment in the country where it was purchased until December 31, 2021. Please see these notices which contain detailed information about the current status of visa services worldwide and visa restrictions related to the COVID-19 global pandemic: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/ea/covid-19-visa-services-and-restrictions.html

Local Resources:

 

Date Destination/Transit Point Airline Contact
27 Sept 2020 Amsterdam (AMS) KLM Lillian.Wanzusi@KLM.com;
Lukia.Otema@KLM.com;
+256-752-750-350;
reservations.kla@satgurutravel.com