21 Sep Covid-19: keeping you informed about safe travel to Uganda
As we all know, Covid-19 has massively disrupted international travel and while many people desperately want a holiday they will only travel if they feel safe to do so.
As a small business, we are doing all we can to keep our clients safe, provide flexibility in response to government rule changes and to offer financial protection: all, of course, while continuing to deliver amazing holidays.
We are grateful to those guests who have trusted us and recently enjoyed a holiday in Uganda and, for those currently enquiring and booking, we ask for your patience and good humour. We will get through this together!
Once Covid is “over”, we will revert to our normal policies and procedures. For now, this page is where you can find the latest travel updates for Uganda.
Uganda is open to international tourists
All tourist attractions are open including gorilla tracking, national parks and the rhino sanctuary with special measures in place to keep visitors safe. Airlines are flying to Uganda as normal.
The Venture Uganda office is open and we are ready to help you plan your holiday whether it’s a last minute or advance booking.
Thankfully, Uganda has been relatively mildly affected by Covid-19 (statistics can be found on the Uganda Ministry of Health website). Nonetheless, a range of public health measures are in operation in public places and are regularly reviewed. These include:
- wearing face masks
- hand washing/sanitizing
- temperature checks
- physical distancing
Other measures are in place such as an overnight curfew, limits on public transport, reduced numbers at functions, bar and spa closures but these affect tourists less.
Venture Uganda Travel takes the safety of its clients, staff and partners seriously. Our staff are trained, guides are vaccinated, and we have our own Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for the safe conduct of our holidays.
Entry requirements and procedures
- Tourists from Category 1 (high risk) countries are not allowed to enter Uganda
- Buy a visa online before travel. Our advice is to do this a few weeks in advance. You must carry the approval notification with you to board your flight. You can check your application status here.
- All tourists must have a negative PCR test within 72 hours of boarding the aircraft to Uganda.
- All tourists must take an additional PCR test on arrival. Book a test and complete a Health Surveillance form online 24 hours before arrival. Tests cost USD30 which must be paid online 24 hours before arrival. Tests are conducted within the airport, then proceed to your hotel and await the results by phone/email.
- A Yellow Fever certificate is required to enter Uganda.
- A negative test is required upon departure from Uganda in order to board a flight – we can plan and cost this into itineraries.
Flexible booking and payment
While international travel is affected by Covid-related government restrictions, which can change at any time, we are offering a flexible booking and cancellation policy.
We currently require a deposit of £250 per person upon booking.
Full payment is due 30 days before arrival. If travel plans are not clear at that point, this payment can be reviewed and paid closer to arrival (at our sole discretion) or the holiday can be rescheduled.
If you are unable to travel due to Covid-related travel restrictions we can reschedule your holiday, free-of-charge, within 1 year, during the same season, for the same price. Alternatively, we can cancel the holiday and offer a full refund.
If clients cancel for non-Covid related reasons, our normal cancellation policy will apply.
We recommend clients include cancellation cover and Covid-19 cover in their travel insurance.
CONSERVATION FUNDING CRISIS
Many conservation organisations rely on tourism revenue to fund their work. Covid-19 brought tourism to an abrupt halt and many are now desperately short of funds and are relying on donations.
Please support if you can through the links below or include a visit during your holiday.
Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary:
You Tube channel: Heart of a Ranger video series
Donate at: https://www.givengain.com/cause/2878/donate/
Uganda wildlife Education Centre:
Donate at: https://payments.pesapal.com/uwec
Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary:
Donate at: https://ngambaisland.org/donate-now/
Giraffe Conservation Foundation
Donate at: https://giraffeconservation.org/donate/