Getting here

Flights

The following airlines fly directly from Europe into Entebbe International Airport, Uganda:

Insurance

We require all of our guests to have valid travel insurance in place. We recommend you are covered for cancellation, loss or damage to personal possessions, international medical evacuation and any specialist activities such as white water rafting.

Health and travel documentation

Health advice for travellers can be obtained from your local travel clinic or from websites such as MASTA or the United Kingdom Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

We recommend that you seek travel health advice 6-8 weeks before travelling so you have plenty of time for a programme of vaccinations and can start taking anti-malarials before departure if necessary. You will also need a Yellow Fever certificate to enter Uganda and you should carry this with your passport in your hand luggage. All the hotels we use provide mosquito nets. Venture Uganda provides basic medical kits for all tours.

If you take any personal medication you should ensure you have sufficient supplies with you for the duration of your visit, as these may not be available in country. A change of diet sometimes causes tummy upsets so you may wish to bring some Immodium with you. Insect spray, sun tan lotion, sunglasses and a hat are all recommended. You may also wish to take condoms as the quality of those available in Uganda may be variable and they may not have been stored correctly.

There can be a lot of dust in the atmosphere in Uganda, especially on murram roads but also in towns. This can affect equipment such as cameras and contact lenses. You may want to consider bringing additional packing/protection and spares.

While most things are available to buy in Kampala, do not assume that this is the case, and certainly not up-country. For example, the range of ladies’ sanitary wear can be very limited.

Passports

In order to travel, please ensure that your passport is valid for 6 months after the end of your proposed visit. It can take some time to obtain a new passport so please apply early. UK passport holders can visit the Identity and Passport Service website for details.

Visas

All persons intending to come to Uganda and are required to have a visa can now apply and obtain a visa online. Check here for the list. At the comfort of wherever you are, fill your visa application and submit them in the following link: https://visas.immigration.go.ug/.

The decision taken on the application shall be sent electronically through the email provided by the applicant. If approved, an approval letter will be sent as an attachment to the email provided. Print it out and present it together with a valid passport / travel document upon arrival at Entebbe International Airport. The Ugandan visa costs US dollars USD100 or its equivalent in Pounds (GBP), Euros (EUR) and payable at the port of entry.

Follow the link below for information about documents required in the online visa application:
https://visas.immigration.go.ug/#/help/visa

East Africa Tourist visa

It is now possible to buy a 90 day, multiple entry, East African Tourist Visa (for Uganda, Rwanda & Kenya). This costs USD100. Although this is available to buy online, the system is in its infancy and not always reliable and easier in some countries than others. Advice on buying in Rwanda is available from the Rwanda Directorate General of Immigration and Emigration.

Therefore we recommend, for now, that you buy this visa at the Embassy/High Commission of Uganda, Rwanda or Kenya in your home country.

International Student Identity card (ISIC)

An ISIC will entitle you to discounted rates for things like entry to the National Parks. Your University ID will not be accepted.

Yellow Fever Requirement

The government of Uganda requires a mandatory proof of Yellow fever vaccination (at least 10 days before arrival) from travellers 1 year of age and above from the following countries to reduce the risk of international spread;

AFRICA

Angola, Benin, Burundi, Cameroon, Burkina Faso, Central African Republic, Chad, Congo, Côte d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Ghana, Gambia, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leon, South Sudan, Sudan, Togo.

CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA.

Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guyana, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Venezuela

Those who do not meet this requirement must be vaccinated at the airport at the travellers own cost.