Foreign travel advice



The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advise 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

Presidential, parliamentary and local elections took place in February and March 2016. There were some outbreaks of violence during and immediately after the election period. There were reports of tear gas and live ammunition being used by police to disperse demonstrators, and at least one death and several injuries of protestors in Kampala. Deployment of security forces in and around Kampala continues to be heavier than usual.

The opposition Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) has announced it may hold further demonstrations. The Ugandan police has also announced that some individuals and groups may cause public disorder. Remain vigilant, avoid large crowds and public demonstrations and follow local media for updates. See Political situation.

There has been violence and some deaths in the Bundibugyo and Kasese areas of western Uganda during February, March and April 2016. See Safety and security

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.

Take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before you travel.