Do I need a visa to visit Uganda?
Most visitors to Uganda require a visa including US, UK and EU passport holders. Visas can be obtained on arrival at the port of entry. Many travellers are visiting other East African countries and we recommend purchasing the East African Tourist Visa if this is the case.
Visitors can also apply for the e-visa online before travelling to Uganda which speeds up waiting times on arrival in Uganda here
Uganda also requires that your passport be valid for no less than 6 months beyond the date of entry. They also require at least two blank pages in your passport.
It is your responsibility to check the entry visa requirements with the individual embassy of each country you intend visiting prior to departure.
Do I need to get a Yellow Fever Vaccination?
If you are travelling from a country which is known for Yellow Fever you need to produce your yellow fever vaccination certificate upon arrival in Uganda. Failure to do so, may result in your being denied entry.
For more information please visit your local travel clinic or the CDC website
Do I need to take anti-malaria medication when visiting Uganda?
There is a high risk of malaria throughout the country year round. It is recommended that you visit your local doctor or a travel clinic about malaria prophylaxis’s before travel to Uganda.
When is the best time to visit Uganda?
The best time to visit Uganda for gorilla trekking is during the country’s two dry seasons: January and February and from June to September.
Game viewing in Uganda’s savannah parks is best at the end of the dry seasons – February and March and September/early October – when wildlife is concentrated around water sources.
Can I drink the tap water in Uganda?
Water in Uganda is safe for bathing and brushing your teeth. Not all water is safe to drink especially in remote areas, so we recommend that you use bottled water during your trip.
What is the weather like in Uganda?
Uganda is located around the equator. Because of this, the climate is pleasant throughout the year. The temperatures average between 22 and 32ºC. At higher altitudes, the temperature drops quite a lot (mainly at night). This is in areas like Bwindi Forest, Kisoro, Lake Bunyonyi, Mount Elgon, Sipi Falls and Rwenzori Mountains.
Climate change has made it hard to predict when the rainy seasons will be. However, the heavy rains are normally from March – May, light rainy season is November – December, though there will always be plenty hours of sunshine.
Currency and credit cards in Uganda
The official currency of Uganda is the Ugandan Shilling (UGX). US dollars are widely accepted. Please note that USD bills printed in and/or prior to 2006 are not accepted!
Credit cards are not widely accepted in Uganda and it is better to carry cash.
Visa and Mastercard are accepted at hotels in Kampala.
American Express and Diners Club are not widely accepted.
Foreign currency can be exchanged at local banks and Bureaux de Change.
ATM’s are readily available in major cities but you are limited to USD $ 100 withdrawal per day and often ATMs may not work during power cuts.
Languages spoken in Uganda
The official languages of Uganda are Swahili and English.
Uganda electrical outlets are 220/240 volts AC, 50 Hz. Plugs are square 3-pin shape. Although adaptors are available at most camps, we highly recommend taking your own.
If you are taking electric hair styling tools in any shape or form flatirons, curling irons, hairdryers etc. or any other electrical appliances, you should make sure they are dual voltage and remember to change the voltage.
Many camps are very remote and run on generators. They may not allow you to use hair dryers, curling irons etc and may have limited hours of operation. Some camps only have charging facilities for batteries and cell phones only in the main reception rooms.
Local time in Uganda is GMT +3 which 7 – 8 hours ahead of the Eastern USA depending on daylight saving time.
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