21 Sep Updates on the Coronavirus (Covid-19) situation in Uganda
Uganda is open to international tourists from 1st October 2020 when Entebbe International airport re-opens with Standard Operating Procedures in place for passengers and other airport users. Tentative schedule for flights during the first 3 months of operation
The Venture Uganda office is open and taking bookings for travel in late 2020 and 2021 onwards.
Should you have any questions, please contact us.
Highlights: in all public places including national parks and hotels
- A curfew is in place from 21:00-05:30.
- It is compulsory to wear face masks in public.
- Hand washing/sanitizing
- temperature checks
- physical distancing
26 OCTOBER 2020: UGANDA’S COVID-19 STATUS
See Uganda Ministry of Health website for the latest figures
11,621 Recorded cases
International tourists must arrive with a Covid-free (negative) PCR certificate valid for 72 hrs before arrival.
Uganda visas must be purchased in advance online
A Yellow Fever certificate is required to enter Uganda.
GORILLA AND PRIMATE TRACKING OPEN
Anyone rescheduling a holiday may reschedule tracking permits up to 2 times, to track before 31 March 2022.
ALL NATIONAL PARKS OPEN
Standard operating procedures in place for tourism services and research activities in UWA estates and the reopening of the protected areas to the general public during covid-19 pandemic
- ZIWA RHINO SANCTUARY OPEN Standard operating procedures are in place. Rhino Fund Uganda – SOPs for clients
VENTURE UGANDA TRAVEL’s 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 a 30% deposit (40% for Rwanda) for gorilla and chimp tracking permits upon booking. This payment is non-refundable in any circumstances but permits can be rescheduled.
We also require a deposit of 20% of the total holiday price upon booking.
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 cancel their holiday 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.
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.
EAST AFRICA REGIONAL TRAVEL
Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, Kenya and Zanzibar are all now open to international tourists with standard operating procedures in place. We can advise on detailed arrangement in each country.
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 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/