Useful information to know before you arrive in Uganda … The Pearl of Africa
- Travel Vaccines & Malaria Info
- AIRPORT TAXIS
- Bringing Your Pets to Uganda
- DRIVING IN UGANDA
- Drinking the Water in Uganda
TRAVEL VACCINES AND MALARIA INFORMATION
Visit your doctor 4-6 weeks before your trip to get the vaccines or medicines you may need. Some vaccines may also be required for travel.
Recommended for all travellers. These vaccines include age-specific routine vaccines, such as measles-mumps-rubella (MMR), tetanus-diphtheria-pertussis (Td/Tdap), poliovirus, varicella, and seasonal influenza.
A Yellow Fever vaccine is essential prior to your arrival in the country. Yellow Fever Certificates are issued once the vaccine has been administered and they are valid for 10 years. It is also recommended that a Hepatitis A and B, Mengitis, Tetanus, Polio and Typhoid vaccine be administered.
You will need to take prescription medicine before, during, and after your trip to prevent malaria. Your doctor can help you decide which medicine is right for you, and also talk to you about other steps you can take to prevent malaria.
For more information log onto the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) website
Ugandan immigration policies are not always consistently applied and may change without notice. Travellers should pay close attention to the validity of their visa or special pass to avoid fines or travel interruptions.
A passport valid for six months beyond the date of entry is required. Visas are available at Entebbe Airport upon arrival or may be obtained from the Embassy of the Republic of Uganda.
It is recommended that travelers obtain visas to Uganda in advance of travel, in particular those travellers who will arrive via land. If you plan to obtain your visa upon landing at Entebbe Airport, you should confirm in advance that your airline allows you to board without a visa.
The current fee for a three-month tourist visa obtained upon arrival at Entebbe Airport is $50.00. US$ 100 for multiple entries: Valid for six months from the date of arrival.
Cheques are not accepted.
Please note that the visa fee is non-refundable.
Travellers entering Uganda via land border crossings may face various entry procedures.
Travelers should be aware that a visa does not determine how long a person may remain in Uganda. The Ugandan immigration officer at the port of entry will determine the length of authorized stay, which is generally from one to three months as a tourist. Note: Ugandan immigration imposes a fine of up to $30 per day for visa overstays and sometimes detains individuals who overstay their visas until the fine is paid. Extensions of duration of stay may be requested at Ugandan immigration headquarters on Jinja Road in Kampala. Airline companies may also require travelers to have a visa before boarding.
For more information log onto the Immigration website: www.mia.go.ug
Cash can be changed easily at major banks and foreign exchange (forex) bureaus. The forex bureaus offer slightly better exchange rates than the banks. At most of the banks and forex bureaus, small US dollar bills attract a much lower exchange rate than do US$50 and US$100 notes, and the rate for travellers cheques is about 2% lower than they are for cash. Exchange rates in Kampala are up to 15% better than is the case elsewhere in the country, so stock up on shillings in the capital.
Credit Cards are not widely accepted, however they can be used at some of the major hotels in Kampala.
For more information log onto The Lonely Planet website: www.lonelyplanet.com/uganda/practical-information/money-costs#ixzz2gduAbF82
When you land at Entebbe International airport it is possible to hire an Airport Taxi that will take you to your destination. Airport taxis charge around USD 30 – 40 from the airport to Kampala.
It is about 36kms from the airport to Kampala and it can take anywhere from one hour to two hours to travel the distance – this all depends on the traffic.
BRINGING YOUR PETS TO UGANDA
Regulations governing importation of Dogs and Cats into Uganda
An official and authentic “Movement Permit” should be obtained from the veterinary authority of the area of origin.
- A bill of health certifying that the pet is free from disease. It should be issued by a registered veterinary surgeon or official and should be properly signed and stamped within ten days of shipment.
- A certificate or letter from the local veterinary authorities indicating that the area of origin of the pet is free from rabies.
- Dogs require vaccination against distemper, hepatitis, Leptospirosos, Parvo-virus and rabies. It should have been done not less than 30 days prior to arrival at any point of entry into Uganda.
- Cats require vaccinations against Feline Entritis and rabies. It should have been done not less than 30 days prior to arrival at any point of entry into Uganda.
- While in transit, Dogs and Cats must not come into contact with other animals. To ensure this, each pet should be appropriately crated.
For more information log onto the Uganda Embassy website: http://www.ugandaembassy.com
DRIVING IN UGANDA
You can drive in Uganda using a foreign driving license for up to 3 months, after which you will need to get a Ugandan driving license from the Uganda Revenue Authority or an International Driving Permit. You will be given a Temporary paper driving license which will be valid for one month after which you will take it back so as to get the real drivers license. The driving licenses are valid for 3 years, after which they need to be renewed.
Traffic drives on the left in Uganda. The speed limit on highways in Uganda is 80km/hr and 50km/hr in built up areas. You might not see the speed limit signs frequently in some places but take extra care because police strictly enforces this law and breaking speed limits can result in a fine, imprisonment or even both. While driving on the roads in Uganda be aware of animal crossings, boda-boda’s, children and any other livestock.
DRINKING THE WATER IN UGANDA
It is advisable to drink bottled water (mineral water) during your stay in Uganda as the water flowing from the taps is not treated. It is safe to brush your teeth using the tap water as long as you don’t swallow any of it. If you are not comfortable with this idea, use bottled water instead.
HAPPY TRAVELS! 😀