Uganda Removes Covid-19 PCR Test Requirement for travellers

The Ministry of Health in Uganda has released information in regard to Covid-19 travel tests for inbound and outbound travellers. The travel trade in Uganda is happy to learn that the mandatory PCR testing for inbound and outbound travellers in for the fully vaccinated travellers.

There has been a massive drop in the number of Covid-19 patients admitted in health facilities since February 2022. The government notes that many Ugandans have received the vaccine and continue to follow the Standard Operation Procedures (SOPs) which has led to reduced numbers and hence the decision by the ministry to drop the requirement of testing.

Going forward, the requirements for inbound and Outbound travellers at Entebbe international Airport has been adjusted as follows;

  • All in-bound and out-bound travellers will be required to show proof of full COVID-19 vaccination, except for travellers aged 5 years and below.
  • Requirement for negative PCR test done within 72 hours pre – boarding for all incoming travellers is suspended with immediate effect for those who are fully vaccinated.
  • Requirement for negative PCR test done within 72 hours for all outbound travellers is suspended with immediate effect for those who are fully vaccinated, except where it is a requirement of the destination or country, or the carrier airline.
  • Travellers with partial or no vaccination will be required to present a negative PCR test upon arrival or departure.

Concerning the wearing of face masks, The Ministry of Health advises the public as below;

  • Fully vaccinated individuals will not be required to wear face masks when they are outdoors provided there are no crowds.
  • Wearing of face masks when one is indoors or in closed spaces like public transport, shops, schools and offices etc. where a 2 meters social distancing can’t be adhered to with other individuals, is required whether one is vaccinated or not.
  • The vulnerable or high-risk population i.e. elderly aged 50 years and above and people living with co-morbidities irrespective of age are advised to wear a face mask at all times whether they are vaccinated or not.

Kagera Safaris continues to encourage all those who had scheduled their travel to Uganda to proceed with the same. And those who were still hesitant because of Covid-19 testing mandates and mask wearing to plan their safari knowing that these have been relaxed accordingly. Happy travel to the pearl of Africa.

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