Requirements for Entry into Uganda

All visitors should have a valid passport with a validity of at least six months from date of entry. All visitors must comply with immigration legislation and other national laws of the country during their stay in Uganda.

All nationalities except those exempted must obtain visas for entering Uganda.

Uganda visas may be obtained at Uganda missions abroad.

Everyone required to have a visa to enter Uganda will apply for, and obtain the visa on-line, arriving with a tourism e-visa. It will no longer be possible to obtain the visa on arrival.

On arrival all visitors are required to fill in an Arrival Declaration card (available at the arrival lounge) and should comply with other immigration requirements, including the provision of required biometric information.

Immigration authorities at the port of arrival reserve the right of admission.

Visa fees

Category/​description of visaCost
Single entry ( up to 3 months )100 USD
Multiple entry ( 6 or 12  months )100 USD
East African Tourist Visa ( 6 or 12 months Multiple Entry for Kenya, Rwanda and Uganda )100 USD
Note:
  1. Visas do not permit gainful or voluntary employment in Uganda
  2. Entry into or exit from Uganda should be made only through gazetted ports of entry/​exit
  3. Visa Exemptions

    Nationalities that do not pay for Uganda visas include:

    COMESAEast AfricaOthers
    AngolaTanzaniaAntigua
    EritreaRwandaBarbados
    MalawiKenyaFiji
    MadagascarBurundiGrenada
    SeychellesLesotho
    SwazilandSierra Leone
    ZambiaSolomon Islands, The Grenadines
    ComorosVanuatu
    KenyaGhana
    MauritiusCyprus
    ZimbabweBahamas
    Belize
    Gambia
    Jamaica
    Malta
    Singapore
    St. Vincent-Tonga
  4. For those exempted from obtaining a visa, a Visitor’s pass for a specific duration will be granted by the Immigration authorities on arrival to permit the holder’s stay in the country for the period granted in the pass.
  5. Visitors should not overstay their visitor’s pass otherwise they will be subjected to a fine of 30 USD per day and other appropriate legal action including prosecution and deportation.
  6. Where visitors seek to stay longer than the period granted in the visitor’s pass on arrival, extension of the period should be sought from the Immigration Headquarters in Kampala or respective regional offices before expiry of the initial visitor’s pass. Except for EAC nationals, extensions sought by other foreign nationals shall not exceed six months in total.
  7. Engagement in employment on basis of visitor’s pass is strictly prohibited. Offenders will be prosecuted.

Requirements for extension of visitor’s pass

  1. Fill extension of visitor’s pass form
  2. Attach Covering letter from applicant or host if applicable
  3. Attach immigration status of host (if applicable)
  4. Attach Copy of confirmed return air-ticket
  5. Attach Copy of passport/travel document
  6. Provide Original passport for endorsement of facility

Arriving visitors should not carry or convey substances or goods prohibited by customs.

For More Information, visit The Directorate of Citizen and Immigration Control, Ministry of Internal Affairs

Health requirements & advice for entry into Uganda

Medical facilities

The major Government referral hospital (Mulago Hospital) which is also the teaching hospital for Makerere University is close to the congress venue. There are also a number of very good private hospitals in Kampala. All the same you are advised to have travel health insurance.

Health requirements

Visitors to Uganda are required to have had the following routine vaccinations before arrival:

  1. Yellow Fever,
  2. Measles-Mumps-Rubella (MMR),
  3. Diphtheria-Tetanus-Pertussis,
  4. Varicella (Chickenpox),
  5. Polio,
  6. Annual Fu Shot

In addition, the following are high risk diseases in Uganda:

DiseaseRecommendation for entry into Uganda
Yellow Fever The government of Uganda requires proof of yellow fever vaccination. Everyone needs to arrive with a valid Yellow Fever Card, this is the International Certificate of vaccination against Yellow Fever as approved by the World Health Organization.
Immunization should be completed at least 10 days before arrival in Uganda.
See more information on yellow fever recommendations and requirements for Uganda. CDC recommends this vaccine for all travelers who are 9 months of age or older.
Malaria
  • You will need to take prescription medicine before, during, and after your trip to prevent malaria. Your doctor can help you decide which medicine is right for you, and advise you about other steps you can take to prevent malaria.
  • Drug resistance: Chloroquine.
  • Malaria species: P. falciparum >85%; remainder P. malariae, P. ovale, and P. vivax.
  • Recommended chemoprophylaxis: Atovaquone-proguanil, doxycycline, or mefloquine.

Visitors are advised to be vaccinated against the following diseases and acquire medicines before their visit to Uganda.

DiseaseRecommendation for entry into Uganda
Hepatitis A CDC recommends this vaccine because you can get hepatitis A through contaminated food or water in Uganda, regardless of where you are eating or staying.
Typhoid You can get typhoid through contaminated food or water in Uganda. CDC recommends typhoid vaccine for most travelers, especially if you are staying with friends or relatives, visiting smaller cities or rural areas, or if you are an adventurous eater (you can get typhoid through contaminated food or water). CDC also recommends that travelers should follow water and food precautions during their trip to help prevent typhoid.

Visitors are advised to seek medical guidance from their doctors on what vaccinations and medicines they might need while in Uganda for the following diseases.

DiseaseRecommendation for entry into Uganda
Hepatitis B You can get hepatitis B through sexual contact, contaminated needles, and blood products, so CDC recommends this vaccination.
Meningitis (Meningococcal disease) Uganda is part of the “meningitis belt” of sub-Saharan Africa (see map). CDC recommends vaccination for this disease which is most common during the dry season.
Rabies Rabies can be found in dogs, bats, and other mammals in Uganda, and CDC recommends this vaccination for people who are taking long trips.

Stay healthy and safe

Know how to get medical care while traveling

Plan for how you will get health care during your trip, should the need arise:

  • Review your health insurance plan to determine what medical services it would cover during your trip. Consider purchasing travel health and medical evacuation insurance.
  • Carry a card that identifies, in the local language, your blood type, chronic conditions or serious allergies, and the generic names of any medications you take.
  • Carry a list of local doctors and hospitals at your destination.
  • Many foreign hospitals and clinics are accredited by the Joint Commission International. A list of accredited facilities is available at their website.
  • You should plan to bring all the medicines (including over-the-counter medicines) you think you might need during your trip, include an extra amount in case of travel delays. Ask your doctor to help you get prescriptions filled early if you need to.
  • Some prescription drugs may be illegal in Uganda. Call the Ugandan embassy to verify that all of your prescription(s) are legal to bring with you.
Eat and drink safely

Unclean food and water can cause travelers’ diarrhea and other diseases. Reduce your risk by sticking to safe food and water habits.

Eat

  • Food that is cooked and served hot
  • Fruits and vegetables you have washed in clean water
  • Pasteurized dairy products

Don’t eat

  • Food served at room temperature
  • Food from street vendors
  • Raw or undercooked (rare) meat or fish
  • Unwashed or unpeeled raw fruits and vegetables
  • Unpasteurized dairy products
  • “Bushmeat” (monkeys, bats, or other wild game)

Drink

  • Bottled water that is purchased sealed
  • Water that has been disinfected
  • Ice made with bottled or disinfected water
  • Carbonated drinks
  • Pasteurized milk
  • Hot coffee or tea

Don’t drink

  • Tap or well water
  • Ice made with tap or well water
  • Drinks made with tap or well water (such as reconstituted juice)
  • Unpasteurized milk
Prevent bug bites

Bugs (like mosquitoes, ticks, and fleas) can spread a number of diseases in Uganda.

What can I do to prevent bug bites?

  • Cover exposed skin by wearing long-sleeved shirts, long pants, and hats.
  • Use an appropriate insect repellent as per instructions/​directions.
  • FOR PROTECTION AGAINST TICKS AND MOSQUITOES: Use a repellent that contains 20% or more DEET for protection that lasts up to several hours.
  • FOR PROTECTION AGAINST MOSQUITOES ONLY: Products with one of the following active ingredients can also help prevent mosquito bites. Higher percentages of active ingredient provide longer protection.
    • DEET
    • Picaridin (also known as KBR 3023, Bayrepel, and icaridin)
    • Oil of lemon eucalyptus (OLE) or PMD
    • IR3535
    • Use a mosquito net where possible.

What should I do if I am bitten by bugs?

Avoid scratching bug bites, and apply hydrocortisone cream or calamine lotion to reduce the itching.

What can I do to avoid bed bugs?

Although bed bugs do not carry disease, they are an annoyance. See the information page about avoiding bug bites for some easy tips to avoid them. For more information on bed bugs, see Bed Bugs.

Stay safe outdoors
  • Prepare for activities by wearing the right clothes and packing protective items, such as bug spray, sunscreen, and a basic first aid kit.
  • Consider learning basic first aid and CPR before travel. Bring a travel health kit with items appropriate for your activities.
Stay safe around water

Schistosomiasis, a parasitic infection that can be spread in fresh water, is found in Uganda. Avoid swimming in fresh, unchlorinated water, such as lakes, ponds, or rivers.

Reduce your exposure to germs
  • Wash your hands often, especially before eating.
  • If soap and water aren’t available, clean hands with hand sanitizer (containing at least 60% alcohol).
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing.
Avoid sharing body fluids

Diseases such as HIV infection can be spread through body fluids, such as saliva, blood, vomit, and semen. Protect yourself and use latex condoms correctly.

What to bring

You are advised to pack light/​summer clothing as the weather will be warm, and perhaps lightweight jackets or sweaters for nighttime.

Those planning on participating in the field-trips should also pack a pair of field shoes, and sturdy water-bottle(s).

Transportation

International participants: You can get to Uganda by air using your favorite airline. Entebbe airport (EBB) is only 30km or about a 1 hour drive from Kampala.

Regional participants can also, in addition to air, get to Kampala by road using your favorite bus company. Your journey time will depend on the route you choose.

Hotels will be running shuttle pick-up services for a fee from Entebbe airport to their facilities. Unfortunately, no airport transportation can be provided by the congress organizers. In case of any questions, participants can seek more information or guidance on how to get to Makerere University by sending their queries to congress secretariat. Participants traveling by air through Entebbe airport, can get to Makerere University by taxi/​cab.

Taxi options from Entebbe airport to Makerere University

Accommodation

For your convenience, a variety of hotels have been reserved.
Space share: Looking to reduce conference expenses? Go green. Share a twin room and cut the cost by half. Please let us know if you want to split expenses.

Facility Single rooms Twin rooms Executive/​Deluxe rooms
Livingstone Hall Makerere Campus
Save your hard-earned cash, B&B, reservations through the congress secretariat
Distance from congress venue: walking
~10 USD
Fairway Hotel (capacity 100)
To take advantage of discounted congress rates (100 USD single rooms), send your booking reservation to a…@fairwayhotel.co.ug.
Distance from congress venue: 800m
115 USD 120 USD 165 USD
Grand Global Hotel (capacity 100)
Reservation can be made directly at grandglobalhotel.co.ug.
Distance from congress venue: 200m
33 USD 60 USD 60 USD
Grand Imperial Hotel (capacity 100)
Send reservation requests to ro…@hoteleq.com
100 USD
(congress rate)
   
Imperial Royal Hotel (capacity 200)
Send reservation requests to ro…@hoteleq.com
125 USD
(congress rate)
   
Kolping Hotel (capacity 40)
Distance from congress venue: 500m
60 USD 80 USD 80 USD
All hotels operate single or group airport pick for 30 USD per person.
Should you require taxi arrangements please contact the congress secretariat.