Uganda Travel Information
On March 21, President Museveni announced new
restrictive measures in an effort to curb the spread of
covid-19. This includes that all commercial passenger
flights to/from Uganda will cease from midnight on March
22. For information about coronavirus and entry/exit,
see the section Health.
Most trips to Uganda are trouble-free. In general,
crime is moderate, but travelers should exercise caution
and vigilance, especially after dark. There is
increasing crime in especially urban areas. The greatest
security risk concerns traffic and limited health
services, especially outside Kampala. The situation in
the border areas against DR Congo is sometimes tense.
The ongoing Ebola outbreak in DR Congo and cases of
kidnapping on the border are contributing to a
challenging security situation in this area.
There is a dispute between Uganda and Rwanda. Rwanda
recommends its own citizens not to travel to Uganda.
This recommendation does not apply to citizens of other
countries, but can have practical consequences for
border crossings by car, etc. The Embassy also
encourages travelers to exercise caution when traveling
to or staying in border areas against DR Congo.
Visitors to Uganda are advised to stay abreast of the
security situation through news media and other
available channels, authorities and any local contacts.
Residents and travelers are requested to exercise
caution and avoid demonstrations and gatherings of large
crowds. The Embassy's website should be checked for any
updates on the security situation. We also refer to the
UD's general advice to travelers.
The arrest of a number of opposition politicians and
violent clashes between protesters and police/security
forces has led to increased political tension. Travelers
are required to exercise caution and avoid
demonstrations and larger crowds. Travelers are
encouraged to stay up-to-date on the current security
situation and follow the local media. Follow local
When traveling outside Kampala it is recommended that
you seek updated information. There are still clashes
between different tribes, often armed, in areas in the
northeast, but the situation has been more stable in
recent years. In border areas against South Sudan and DR
Congo, the situation can change rapidly as a result of
meetings between authorities and rebel groups.
- Countryaah: Kampala is the capital
of Uganda. Check to find information of population, geography, history,
and economy about the capital city.
There is a general and persistent threat of terrorist
attacks in Uganda by the Somali terror group al-Shabaab,
as a result of Uganda's military contribution to the
international force (Amisom) in Somalia. Terror threats
from other groups also occur. Kampala was subjected to a
terrorist attack in July 2010, but since then no attacks
have taken place. Norwegians staying in the country
should therefore be vigilant, take reasonable
precautions and avoid large crowds.
Crime in Kampala is on the rise, but it is mostly
safe during the day. Nevertheless, one should exercise
caution and take good care of valuables such as money,
passports, jewelry and photo equipment. It is not
recommended to display jewelry, photo equipment or other
valuables, nor to leave this visible in the car. After
dark, this is especially important, one should not go
alone, bagging from a motorcycle often occurs in certain
areas of Kampala.
It is left-hand traffic in Uganda. The traffic
picture, especially in Kampala, can be described as very
confusing and to a small extent characterized by respect
for traffic rules. Accidents are frequent and often
severe; these can also cause dangerous collisions with
other road users. Travel on unlit roads after dark
should be avoided. The roads are generally poor, lacking
sidewalks and full of pedestrians, motorcyclists and
livestock. Many motorists and other road users travel
without lights and at high speeds and it is not
necessarily stopped for pedestrians or other soft road
users. Outside the capital one should try to avoid
driving in the dark. Car doors should always be kept
locked and windows closed. The use of a motorcycle taxi
(boda boda) should be avoided.
Sex between spouses is prohibited by law in Uganda,
although the law is rarely enforced. Homophobic
attitudes are widespread and sexual minorities often
keep their orientation hidden for fear of their own
Norwegian citizens who stay for a shorter or longer
period in Uganda are encouraged to register on
reiseregistrering.no. Norwegian citizens are encouraged
to have valid travel insurance.
In crisis and emergency, the public is encouraged to
contact the embassy:
Plot 18B Akii-Bua Road, Nakasero
POBox. 22770, Kampala, Uganda
Phone: +256 (0) 312 246 000/+47 23 95 30 00
Opening hours: Monday - Thursday 07.30 - 15.30/Friday
07.30 - 13.00
Outside the embassy's opening hours, the public can
contact the UD's 24-hour operating center on tel: +47 23
95 00 00 or by e-mail: UDops@mfa.no
Please note that entry regulations may change. The
Foreign Service is not responsible if the following
information on entry regulations or visa requirements is
changed at short notice. It is the responsibility of the
traveler to ensure that travel documents are valid for
entry and to familiarize themselves with the current
entry rules for each country.
Norwegians need a visa to stay in Uganda. From July
1, 2016, it is mandatory for all Norwegians who visit
Uganda to apply for e-visa prior to entry. The
application must be posted in the Uganda Electronic
Visa/Permit Application System portal on the Internet at
least five working days before entering Uganda.
After completing and submitting the form on the
portal, the applicant receives a confirmation on the
portal and sent by e-mail. This confirmation must be
printed and included when entering Uganda. The
confirmation is not a visa, but an authorization to
obtain a visa either at the nearest Ugandan Embassy/
High Commission or upon arrival in Uganda. Confirmation
does not mean that a visa has been secured upon arrival
in Uganda. The said portal must also be used when
applying for other visas and residence permits. For more
information, please see the portal: Uganda Electronic
Visa/Permit Application System.
Visa is granted for one month and costs USD 50. It is
also possible to apply for East African Visa, which can
be used in Kenya and Rwanda in addition to Uganda. This
visa costs USD 100.
Note that Ugandan authorities only accept dollars
that are in good condition and which are from 2006 or
later. Extension of visas can be done at local
immigration authorities. The passport must be valid for
at least six months after the journey is completed. It
is the traveler's responsibility to ensure that travel
documents are valid.
The authorities demand that a valid certificate of
yellow fever vaccine be presented when entering Uganda.
Coronavirus (covid-19): Uganda
announced covid-19 infection on March 21. The country
has introduced restrictive measures in the efforts to
limit further infection, including stopping all
passenger air traffic from 22 March.
From March 11, travelers from Norway are defined in
Category 1 countries (together with Italy, San Marino,
Iran, South Korea, France, China, Germany, Spain,
Belgium, USA, UK, Netherlands, Sweden, Austria and
Malaysia). Uganda health authorities recommend that
travelers from these countries ˇ°should consider
postponing non-essential travel to Uganda, Any traveler
from these countries, including Ugandan nationals, will
be subject to self-quarantine for 14 days on arrival in
Uganda even if they do not exhibit signs and symptoms of
covid-19. Additionally, individuals highlighted in
category 1 who insist on visiting Uganda will be
subjected to self-quarantine or institutional (health
facility) quarantine at their own cost ».
New measures and restrictions may be implemented in
the coming weeks.
Norwegian travelers should keep abreast of the
development of the corona virus. Follow local
authorities' advice, guidance and instructions on how to
deal with the situation. For general updates, refer to
the World Health Organization (WHO) website.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs does not create
travel advice because of the risk of infection. It is
the Public Health Institute that provides infection
protection advice when traveling. You can find more
information and guidance from Norwegian health
authorities on the website of the Norwegian Institute of
The Ebola outbreak in DR Congo means that Ugandan
authorities have initiated a number of measures to
prevent the spread of infection across the border.
Travelers are encouraged to take recommended precautions
and to follow up on prevention measures. See also the
Norwegian Institute of Public Health's advice for
traveling to areas with ebola outbreaks.
The Ugandan authorities have in the period 11-13.
June 2019 confirmed individual cases of Ebola in the
Kasese district in the western part of the country
towards the border with DR Congo. The situation has been
handled by Ugandan health authorities in collaboration
with World Health Organization (WHO). Since June 14,
2019, there are no confirmed cases of Ebola in Uganda.
For updates, see WHO.
Ugandan authorities have also confirmed outbreaks of
bird flu in two locations in Uganda; at Lake Victoria
(Kalangala, near Entebbe) and slightly further south in
the country, Masaka. Bird flu has been detected both
among migratory birds, such as terns, and among domestic
ducks and chickens.
The Norwegian Institute of Public Health considers
the risk of transmission of bird flu from bird to human
to low. Travelers to Uganda are encouraged to follow the
Public Health Institute's General Bird Flu Travel
Uganda is characterized by relatively high incidence
of infectious diseases and low life expectancy. Access
to healthcare, especially outside of Kampala, is poor.
Outbreaks of yellow fever have occurred in northern
Uganda, and yellow fever vaccine is mandatory when
traveling to Uganda.
Reference is made to the Norwegian Institute of
Public Health for official health professional travel
advice and health professional guidance to Norwegians
when traveling abroad.
Malaria occurs throughout the country, including in
Kampala, albeit to a lesser extent. For questions and
advice regarding prophylaxis during your stay, this
should be addressed with your local health office or
doctor before leaving Norway.
Of compulsory vaccines, yellow fever is now all that
is required, but it is recommended to contact the
Norwegian health authorities to hear what other vaccines
may be appropriate.
Marburg Viral Disease: It is not recommended to visit
caves that can often be habitats for bats, which in turn
are reservoirs for the virus. There have been cases
where people have been infected.
Bilharzia snail is found in most lakes, including
Lake Victoria. It is therefore warned against bathing.
Be aware that epidemics, such as hepatitis, occur
especially in the north.
The quality of health care is poor outside Kampala.
In Kampala there are a couple of private clinics that
are considered to be of a relatively good standard:
Nakasero Hospital Limited
Plot 14A Akii-Bua Road, Nakasero
Tel: +256 414 346150/2
International Hospital Kampala (IHK)
Plot 4686 Kisugu-Namuwongo P.O.Box
Tel: +256 41 200444 or +256 31 2200400
International Hospital Kampala - Kololo Clinic
Plot No. 7, Wampewo Avenue
P.O. Box 8177 Kampala, Uganda
Tel: +256 313 200 401/2/3
+256 414 344 072
Fax: +256 414 345 768
The Surgery has a 24-hour security and ambulance
42 Naggulu Drive, Naguru.
Tel. +256 (0) 414 256003 (24h)
+256 (0) 752756003/+256 (0) 772756003 (emergency phone)
+256 (0) 752 756004 (ambulance service)
Access to medicines for common disorders at
pharmacies in Kampala and other major cities is
The area code for calls from Norway to Uganda is
+256. The telephone network is unstable at times. Time
difference between Uganda (UTC +3) and Norway (UTC +1/2)
is two hours in the winter and one hour in the summer
(Norway is 1/2 hour earlier). The current is 240v/50Hz.
The power supply varies and there are large voltage
variations. To use a PC or other more delicate
electrical items, it is recommended to connect a
stabilizer. Sockets are UK three-point, so adapter is
needed for use of Norwegian electrical equipment. There
is often a power failure.
The local currency is Ugandan Shilling (UGX). $ 100 =
38,906 Ugandan shillings (February 2020).
Credit cards can be used at the larger hotels and at
several travel agencies. Most ATMs accept Norwegian
credit cards (Visa/Mastercard). It is recommended to
have cash as only a few restaurants and shops take
credit cards, and in cases where it is accepted it is
added at a fee of up to five per cent. Outside of
Kampala, cash can be problematic and many out-of-town
tourist hotels ("safari lodges") do not take credit
Public offices are open between 0800-1300 and
1400-1700, Monday to Friday, 0900-1200 Saturday. Banks
are open Monday to Friday from 0830-1600. There are five
major shopping malls in Kampala: Lugogo Mall (Shoprite),
Garden City, Oasis Mall, Acacia Mall and Village Mall.
The shops open approx. at 0900, and Garden City closes
at midnight while the grocery chain Nakumatt's stores
are mainly open 24/7.
When you meet a Ugandan, it is common to hand-greet,
and then a small greeting ritual follows "How are you,
your family", etc. It is not common to introduce
yourself until after exchanging greetings. People older
than one themselves are accused as madam (nyabo in
luganda) and loser (ssebo in luganda). Thank you for
Ugandans generally dress relatively conservatively.
In Kampala, the clothing route has become more
challenging, so tops, short skirts and pants are common.
Yet, it also happens here that women are harassed by men
who regard them as "lightly clothed". At work, the dress
style is formal. Men often wear suits and ties, possibly
shirts and ties, women in formal skirts/trousers. To
avoid too much attention, it is recommended to exercise
caution in how to dress.
The official language of Uganda is English. There are
around 40 local languages in the country and luganda
is the language spoken in the area around the capital.
Possession of any drug is strictly prohibited and
severely punished. It is forbidden to photograph
military facilities and their surroundings. This also
applies to the Owen Falls dam at the Nile's source near
Foreigners must be able to identify themselves on
request and passports should be brought (if necessary, a