Coronavirus

Coronavirus travel health

Check the latest information on risk from COVID-19 for Uganda on the TravelHealthPro website.

See the TravelHealthPro website for further advice on travel abroad and reducing spread of respiratory viruses during the COVID-19 pandemic.

International travel

Land borders are open and commercial flights are operating to and from Uganda. Check with your travel company for the latest information on flights.

Entry and borders

See Entry requirements to find out what you will need to do when you arrive in Uganda.

Returning to the UK

Travelling from and returning to the UK

Check what you must do to travel abroad and return to England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland.

If you plan to pass through another country to return to the UK, check the travel advice for the country you’re transiting.

Be prepared for your plans to change

No travel is risk-free during COVID. Countries may further restrict travel or bring in new rules at short notice, for example due to a new COVID-19 variant. Check with your travel company or airline for any transport changes which may delay your journey home.

If you test positive for COVID-19, you may need to stay where you are until you test negative. You may also need to seek treatment there.

Plan ahead and make sure you:

  • can access money
  • understand what your insurance will cover
  • can make arrangements to extend your stay and be away for longer than planned

Travel in Uganda

The Ugandan Ministry of Health has advised that fully vaccinated individuals are no longer required to wear a face mask outdoors provided there are no crowds. Further guidance is available from the Ministry of Health website. Some government buildings may require evidence that you are fully vaccinated to allow entry.

Public transport is now operating at full capacity but passengers must adhere to COVID guidance, including no air conditioning.

Accommodation

Hotels and restaurants are open with social distancing measures in place.

Public places and services

Places of worship are open but with a maximum of 200 worshipers only. Marriages and funerals are also permitted, but with a maximum of 200 attendees and must observe COVID rules strictly.

Healthcare in Uganda

There are a number of public and private COVID-19 tests centres in Uganda. For further information on the outbreak in Uganda, please see the Ugandan Government COVID-19 Response website.

If a foreign national tests positive for COVID-19 and wishes to be repatriated for treatment outside of Uganda, they will be expected to cover the costs themselves.

For contact details for English speaking doctors, if you are running low on medication or require emergency medical treatment, you should contact one of the medical practitioners on this list. They will be able to discuss your situation over the phone and advise on the best course of action. Some hospitals and pharmacies are able to deliver medication to you. All major pharmacies in Kampala and surrounding towns are able to read and understand prescriptions issued by UK doctors. UK issued prescriptions are accepted but you should be aware that pharmacies in Uganda do not always stock the same range of medication found in UK pharmacies. British nationals are therefore advised to travel with adequate stocks of their medication for the duration of their stay in Uganda.

Your emotional and mental wellbeing is important. Read guidance on how to look after your mental wellbeing and mental health.

View Health for further details on healthcare in Uganda.

COVID-19 vaccines if you live in Uganda

The Ugandan national vaccination programme started in March 2021. AstraZeneca, Sinovac, Moderna and Pfizer vaccines are currently being used. British nationals resident in Uganda are eligible for vaccination if they choose to join the programme, in line with the eligibility requirements and order of prioritisation as set out by the Ministry of Health. More information is available on the Ministry of Health’s COVID-19 vaccination webpage.

Find out more, including about vaccines that are authorised in the UK or approved by the World Health Organisation, on the COVID-19 vaccines if you live abroad.

If you’re a British national living in Uganda, you should seek medical advice from your local healthcare provider. Information about COVID-19 vaccines used in the national programme where you live, including regulatory status, should be available from local authorities.

Finance

For information on financial support you can access whilst abroad, visit our financial assistance guidance.

Further information

If you need urgent consular assistance, you can contact the British High Commission Kampala on 0312 312000 or +44 1908 516 666.