“Uganda put a swift end to the Ebola outbreak by ramping up key control measures such as surveillance, contact tracing and infection, prevention and control,” the WHO statement quoted the Uganda Health Minister saying.
Travel Restrictions Summary:
- On January 10th, 2023, WHO Declared Uganda Ebola Free
- You don’t need a Covid-19 Vaccination or PCR test certificate for entry or exit (since Mar, 7, 2023)
- Take a yellow fever vaccination jab and carry a certificate with you.
- Apply and pay for the Uganda entry visa online.
The World Health Organization on Wednesday declared Uganda’s Ebola epidemic over, closing the chapter on a deadly outbreak that lasted almost four months and killed dozens of people.
The Ebola outbreak had spread to nine central districts, including Uganda’s capital, Kampala, raising fears of spreading across the East African region. It was the worst Ebola outbreak in the region in more than two decades and the second-deadliest in the country’s history. The MoH confirmed 142 confirmed Ebola cases during the period. The virus snatched 55 lives, plus another 22 deaths are linked to the outbreak, according to the W.H.O. Even sadder, among the lost lives are 7 health workers.
The World Health Organization considers an epidemic over when there are no reports of confirmed or probable cases for 42 days, twice the incubation period for Ebola infections. Ugandans played this out like heroes; well done!
The declaration is a great win for the travel industry, removing fears of tourists contracting the virus while exploring the country’s unmatched leisure places and attractions like mountain gorilla trekking.
- There is no mandatory covid testing on arrival.
- All inbound and outbound travellers don’t require COVID-19 vaccination or PCR test.
- Travellers are advised to wear face masks in crowded places but not a requirement..
- 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 facemask at all times whether they are vaccinated.
- Mandatory screening of visitors for Covid symptoms like temperature and colds will till continue to identify COVID carriers.
- You will be required to wear a facemask and keep a ten-meter distance when viewing the great apes in Uganda’s rainforests.
- Because entire Uganda is Yellow Fever prone, vaccination is mandatory for all travellers entering Uganda. All travellers must present a valid Yellow Fever Vaccination Certificate at entry. Any exception must give an authoritative document to prove their claim.
All Uganda visas are processed online at visas.immigration.go.ug. No visa processing at entry points. You’ll need a six months valid passport and yellow fever vaccination certificate to be allowed entry. Find other details at Uganda Visa Requirements.
Important links and recommendations
- Uganda Travel Health Declaration Form
- Online Uganda Visa
- MoH Uganda: Uganda COVID-19 Information Portal
- World Health Organization: WHO Coronavirus dashboard page for Uganda
- Wikipedia: Uganda Coronavirus page
- Google News: Uganda Covid-19 news
- To keep up-to-date with the most recent information on the risk of contracting COVID-19, please see the CDC’s latest recommendations.