Uganda reopens to international tourists

Posted by Imogen Searra on 9 October 2020

Uganda has reopened to international visitors. The east African country is world-renowned for its national parks and mountain gorilla encounters.

To enter the landlocked country, travellers will need to provide a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours before arrival.

Uganda reopens to international tourists

The country is famous for its mountain gorillas.

Temperature checks and other health screenings will also be conducted. If a traveller arrives with symptoms of an illness, they will be transported via ambulance to a local hospital to stay in the isolation unit, according to Travel and Leisure.

Before departing Uganda, travellers will need to take another COVID-19 test within 72 hours before leaving and test negative. Additional health screening forms will also need to be submitted.

Travellers are advised to arrive at the airport a minimum of four hours before departure according to the country’s tourism ministry.

Masks are required when in the airport or at any of the 10 national parks. Travellers are required to stand at least 1.5m away from one another.

Inside the national parks, visitors need to stay just under 2m away from other people. With primate encounters, visitors must remain just under 10m away from the animals.

Other rules when entering the national parks are:

  • Mandatory temperature screenings using non-contact infra-red thermometers will be conducted by UWA representatives at key tourism gates. Visitors, staff, and trackers will have their temperature checked at every briefing point for gorilla and chimpanzee tracking.
  • The use of mandatory face masks while inside all national parks will be enforced. Travelers participating in primate trekking must carry at least two N95 masks, surgical masks, or double-layered cloth masks with filters to ensure single-use for each day of visitation. The masks should cover the nose and mouth at all times.
  • Hand washing and sanitizing at all entrances to national parks and protected areas is mandatory and will be enforced.
    Visitors without masks or who do not abide by handwashing and sanitization measures will not be permitted to enter the national parks or protected areas.
  • Vehicles and boats within Uganda’s national parks will operate at half capacity in accordance with government social distancing guidelines.
  • Social distancing is enforced. During primate trekking, UWA guides will ensure there is a minimum of 6.5 feet between tourists. Tourists are now required to stay a minimum of 32 feet away from primates.

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