Foreign travel advice

Uganda

Important COVID-19 travel guidance

The Foreign & Commonwealth Office currently advises British nationals against all but essential international travel. Travel to some countries and territories is currently exempted.

This advice is being kept under constant review. Travel disruption is still possible and national control measures may be brought in with little notice, so check our travel guidance.

Summary

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Two special KLM flights from Entebbe to Amsterdam will operate on 15 July and 29 July with connections onto the UK. A special Qatar Airways flight will also operate on Saturday 18 July with connections to the UK.

No further UK Government backed special charter flights are currently planned from Uganda. See Return to the UK

Since 22 March, all international flights to and from Uganda have been suspended. Cargo flights are permitted, but crew must observe strict guidelines. Land borders and lake ports are also closed, except for truck drivers.

If you’re visiting Uganda and are unable to return to the UK, see Staying during coronavirus.

The Uganda border is currently closed to almost all arrivals. See Entry requirements.

Given the rapidly changing situation in Uganda, we have temporarily withdrawn a limited number of UK staff and their dependents from our High Commission in Kampala. The High Commission will continue to carry out essential work including providing 24/7 consular assistance and support to British people in Uganda.

There have been sporadic political protests throughout 2019 and 2020 and there remains an increased likelihood of protests, which may turn violent, across Uganda. You should remain vigilant, avoid large crowds and public demonstrations and follow local media for updates. See Political situation.

On 17 July 2019, the World Health Organisation declared a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC) following an outbreak of the Ebola virus in Eastern DRC. Outbreaks of Ebola were reported in Kasese District in Western Uganda in June and August 2019. There have been no confirmed active cases in Uganda since 30 August 2019 and the outbreak was officially declared over by the Ministry of Health on 8 November 2019. The latest updates can be found on the World Health Organisation’s website. See Health.

UK health authorities have classified Uganda as having a risk of Zika virus transmission. For information and advice about the risks associated with Zika virus, visit the National Travel Health Network and Centre website

Petty and violent crime occurs. Take sensible precautions to protect yourself and your belongings. See Safety and Security.

Terrorists are likely to try to carry out attacks in Uganda. 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.

If you’re abroad and you need emergency help from the UK government, contact the nearest British embassy, consulate or high commission.

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.