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Sunday, 24th October 2021

All travelling passengers are requested to keep the following in mind:

1.    Requirements for arriving passengers to Uganda:

All travellers arriving to Uganda including children above 6 years irrespective of their vaccination status or country of origin will be required to undertake a mandatory COVID-19 PCR test on arrival to Uganda.
This is in addition to the negative PCR test certificate required to have been obtained 72 hours prior to the departure from the country of origin.

2.     Other requirements for arriving passengers to Uganda through Entebbe International Airport:

All arriving passengers should hold a negative COVID -19 PCR test certificate issued within 72 hours from the sample time of collection to boarding the aircraft leaving the country of origin.
Upon arrival at the airport, all passengers will be required to follow the recommended Port Health procedure of identifying the body temperature, symptoms, and then taking a COVID-19 swab for testing. Only visitors to the country are subject to the arrival test (transit passengers are exempted).

After taking their swab, passengers will be directed back to the terminal to complete the immigration process. Passengers will proceed to the conveyor belts from the arrival immigration counters to retrieve their baggage, and then go through customs clearance procedures if any taxable items are present.

Passengers will exit the terminal through the customs area and proceed to a designated passenger holding area to await the results of their PCR tests, which will be available to them in about two hours and thirty minutes or less.

3.    The cost and to make payment for PCR test and what passengers should expect in the holding area?

Passengers departing from their home country for Entebbe International Airport are advised to pay an online fee of $30 USD for a Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test to be performed upon arrival (https://covid For those who are unable to pay online, the following payment option is available upon arrival:

Passengers can pay to the exchange currency and have an option of paying for their testing fees using mobile money services, visa, credit cards or cash payments at the various Post Bank Uganda kiosks.
In the holding area, passengers will receive results via SMS or WhatsApp. Display monitors strategically placed in the holding area, as well as the public address system, will be used to announce the readiness of results.

Only passengers with negative COVID-19 PCR test certificates will be allowed to leave the holding area and proceed to their final destinations once the results are received. Passengers with positive COVID-19 PCR test results will be isolated by Port Health personnel and treated in accordance with the Ministry of Health's COVID-19 protocol.

4.     How will passengers who test positive be handled upon arrival?

Passengers who test positive on arrival will be provided psychosocial support and transferred to the gazetted public and private treatment facilities where they will be managed for 7 days and discharged following a negative PCR test. The treatment will be free in public hospitals. However, passengers who opt for private hospitals will meet their own costs.

In the case of arriving tourists, if they are asymptomatic or with mild disease, they will be managed in the designated tourist hotels. The tourists who may progress to severe disease will be transferred to hospitals of their choice.

5.     Requirements for departing passengers?

Passengers departing Uganda through Entebbe International Airport (EIA) must have an authentic negative COVID-19 PCR test certificate issued within 72 hours from the time of sample collection to boarding aircraft. In case the destination country's PCR test time requirements defer, they take priority.

All COVID-19 PCR test certificates for departing passengers MUST indicate TRAVEL as the intended purpose of test.

Passengers departing EIA are required to know, understand, and interpret COVID-19 requirements of the country they are travelling to.

6.    Curfew restrictions while in Uganda:

Passengers departing in curfew time with a valid air ticket shall be allowed to proceed to their destination airport by presentation of the passenger ticket to the authorities as evidence of going to the airport. Similarly, arriving passengers can present their passenger ticket or boarding pass as evidence of travel from the airport. Branded Airport taxis are also available from the airport.

Enjoy your stay in Uganda!

Source: Uganda Embassy, Public Diplomacy Desk