Foreign travel advice

Uganda

Summary

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advises against all but essential travel to the districts of Kaabong, Kotido, Abim, Moroto, Napak, Nakapiripirit, Katakwi, Amudat, Kapchorwa, Kween, and Bukwo in the Karamoja region of north eastern Uganda with the exception of trips to Kidepo Valley National Park, which you should make by air. See Local Travel

Between 24 and 27 November, 2016, there were a series of violent clashes in Kasese District (western Uganda), including the town of Kasese, between the Ugandan security forces and the royal guards of the Rwenzururu Kingdom, resulting in significant loss of life. You should exercise caution if travelling to the area, which is close to popular tourist destinations including Queen Elizabeth, Rwenzori Mountains and Kibale National Parks. There’s no indication that foreign nationals are being targeted, but the situation on the ground is unpredictable. You should avoid crowds and follow local media for the latest developments. These incidents follow previous incidents of violence and deaths in the Bundibugyo and Kasese areas during 2014 and early 2016. See Safety and Security.

General elections took place in February and March 2016. There was some violence during and after the election period, including use of tear gas and live ammunition by police against demonstrators, at least one death and several injuries of protestors in Kampala. Deployment of security forces in and around Kampala have increased.

The opposition Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) has held further demonstrations since the elections. Remain vigilant, avoid large crowds and public demonstrations and follow local media for updates. See Political situation.

There is a general threat from terrorism. On 2 May 2016, the Ugandan police announced that it had received information about a terrorist threat to airports and government installations in Entebbe and Kampala. The police announcement also referred to churches, schools, business centres and congested areas as potential targets related to this threat. The police encouraged people to be vigilant and report suspicious objects and individuals to the authorities, including unidentified luggage on buses and in taxis. The Ugandan police has previously issued alerts about possible threats to locations in Kampala and the surrounding area. These have included hotels, educational institutions, public places and the venues for sporting and religious events.

You should be vigilant at all times. See Terrorism

Avoid travel by road outside major towns at night, except between Kampala and the airport at Entebbe. See Crime

Around 15,000 British nationals visit Uganda every year. Most visits are trouble-free.

The Overseas Business Risk service offers information and advice for British companies operating overseas on how to manage political, economic, and business security-related risks.

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