Updates on Coronavirus (Covid-19) situation in Uganda

Corona-virus

Updates on Coronavirus (Covid-19) situation in Uganda


We add updates to this page as we receive them. Should you have any questions, please contact us.

The Venture Uganda office is open and taking bookings for Tanzania and Zanzibar and for Kenya and Rwanda from 1 August 2020. We hope travel to Uganda will resume very soon and are taking bookings for 2021.

12 August 2020: Uganda’s Covid-19 status

See Uganda Ministry of Health website for the latest figures

1332 Recorded cases

1139 Recoveries

9 Deaths

Government of Uganda Guidelines

  • Uganda’s borders are closed to the public. Trucks drivers testing negative can enter the country but are limited to certain routes and rest stops.
  • In border districts experiencing influxes from neighbouring countries, public and private transport is prohibited.
  • A curfew is in place from 21:00-05:30.
  • It is compulsory to wear face masks in public.
  • Boda-bodas (motorbike taxis) are allowed to carry only 1 passenger and cargo.
  • Public transport vehicles cannot exceed 50% capacity.
  • Hand washing/sanitizing and temperature checks are in operation in all public places.

Venture Uganda Travel’s detailed guidelines: Venture Uganda Covid-19 SOPs

August 2020: Uganda Ministry of Tourism releases Standard Operating Procedures 

Uganda Ministry of Tourism has released SOPs to guide tour operators, guides, etc during the covid-19 pandemic.

Read more here

Venture Uganda Travel has revised, flexible booking conditions 

All bookings are governed by our Booking Conditions not the regulations in place in the different countries where our clients or their tour operators/travel agents come from.

If clients are unable to travel and their holiday has to be cancelled (for example if the Uganda Government closes the borders), we will reschedule their holiday, free-of-charge, within 1 year, for the same price. It may not be possible for us to obtain refunds from our suppliers and therefore we cannot guarantee being able to issue refunds to our clients.

We require full payment for gorilla and chimp tracking permits upon booking. This payment is non-refundable in any circumstances but permits can be rescheduled. No further deposit is required.

Full payment is due 90 days before arrival. If travel plans are not clear at this point, this payment can be reviewed and paid closer to arrival (at our sole discretion) or the holiday can be rescheduled.

If clients choose to cancel their holiday, although it is possible to enter Uganda, our normal cancellation charges will apply:

  • If you cancel more than 90 days before your arrival date you lose your deposit
  • If you cancel 90 – 61 days before your arrival date you lose 50% of your total holiday price
  • If you cancel 60 – 31 days before your arrival date you lose 75% of your total holiday price
  • If you cancel 30 days or fewer before your arrival date you lose 100% of your total holiday price

We recommend clients include cancellation cover and Covid-19 cover in their travel insurance.

We reserve the right to revise our Booking Conditions at any time, without notice.

 

Flights to Uganda

Entebbe International airport is currently closed to commercial passenger flights.
Get updates here
Airport staff are currently implementing new safety measures in preparation for opening.

 

Primate Tracking

Gorilla and Chimpanzee Permit Rescheduling

Gorilla and chimpanzee tracking permits can be rescheduled up to 2 times, to track before 31 March 2022.

 

16 July 2020 Special offers from Uganda Wildlife Authority

  • Pay 2 days park entrance, get one day free until 30 June 2021
  • Buy a gorilla permit receive one day’s free entrance to Mt Elgon national park or Toro/Semliki game reserve until 30 June 2022
  • Half price nature walks in national parks until 30 June 2022
  • Reductions in filming fees in national parks including gorillas until 30 June 2022
  • 20% reduction in Mt Elgon hiking fees for groups of 20+ pax

 

 

05 June 2020: Some of Uganda’s national parks re-open

Savannah parks are open. Primate parks remain closed.
In addition to Government of Uganda Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), Uganda Wildlife Authority SOPs include:

  • Mandatory temperature screening, face masks, distancing,
  • Mandatory hand washing/sanitising and disinfectant foot baths at park entrances

Read more here UWA public statement on opening parks

 

Uganda Wildlife Authority stops cash payments in national parks from 1st August 2020

Venture Uganda books and pays for all the UWA activities in a client’s itinerary in advance, in Kampala. Should a client wish to do any unplanned, additional activities, they will be able to pay by card or mobile money at the respective Park Office. Their guide will assist them.

 

Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary re-opens

Visitors are now welcome to track the southern white rhinos. Ziwa is the only place to see rhino in Uganda

 

23 June 2020: Uganda Tourism Board begins inspections of Uganda’s hotels

Uganda Tourism Board kicked-off the inspection of hotels to ensure compliance of the Covid-19 Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) put in place by the Ministry of Tourism.

Read more here

 

May 2020: Uganda Ministry of Tourism introduces new safety protocols for hotels

Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) include:

  • Mandatory temperature screening at hotel
  • Mandatory hand washing/sanitising at entrances
  • Social distancing and avoidance of physical contact

Read more here

 

East Africa Regional Travel

 

1 August 2020 Kenya re-opens for tourism

Follow developments at Kenya Tourism Board

 

1 August 2020 Rwanda’s airports will re-open for scheduled commercial flights

Here’s the video of what to expect.

  • All visitors are expected to test negative for COVID-19 within 72 hours prior to arrival.
  • Tourists will take a second Covid-19 test on arrival and wait 24 hours for the results at designated hotels in Rwanda. After  testing negative, they are free to visit tourist attractions and accommodations as normal.

Read more  Rwanda Airports open on 1 August 2020

17 June 2020: Rwandan re-opens for tourism

The Government of Rwanda has opened the country to tourists with strict safety protocols in place.

  • All visitors are expected to test negative for COVID-19 within 72 hours prior to arrival.
  • Tourists will take a second Covid-19 test prior to visiting any tourist attraction. They will be expected to wait 8 hours for results of the second test at designated hotels in Rwanda.
  • Tourists are expected to abide by Health Ministry and National Parks guidelines

Read more Rwanda guidelines for re-opening Tourism

 

 

Conservation in funding crisis

Many conservation organisations rely on tourism revenue to do their work – this makes them self-financing instead of having to rely on uncertain or short-term donor funding. Covid-19 brought tourism to an abrupt halt and many are now desperately short of funds and are relying on donations.

We have seen some great fundraising initiatives in recent weeks – please support if you can through the links below.

Ziwa Rhino SanctuaryHeart 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 in Lake Mburo National Park – a conservation success story
In the 2015, 15 giraffe were re-introduced into Lake Mburo National Park, Uganda’s smallest savannah park.  Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) and its partners have been praised for their conservation efforts as the population has now reached 29. On 1 July 2020  UWA received 30 million Uganda Shillings from the Giraffe Conservation Alliance for giraffe monitoring in Pian Upe Wildlife Reserve and Kidepo Valley national park.