Uganda Drops Covid Testing for Travelers

February 17, 2022 - 4 minutes read


Adventure greetings from Uganda – The pearl Of Africa!

On 16th February 2022, Uganda’s Ministry of Health issued a statement indicating that there has been a reduction of covid-19 positive cases identified at Entebbe international Airport.

The Director General of health services, Dr Henry G. Mwebesa, further mentioned that there has been a reduction in global threat of new variants of concern (Voc), and therefore reduced risk of importation of Voc that may increase community transmission.

Following a cabinet decision on 14th February 2022, mandatory testing of all incoming travellers was suspended effective 16th February 2022.

Considering the global challenges occasioned by the COVID-19 pandemic and the risk of importing new variants from high-risk countries, the Government of Uganda, still maintains light and smooth procedures that are in line with World Health Organization.

Here are Adventure Consults‘ easy to read “FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS” in relation to Uganda Covid-19 travel protocols.

  1. What are the key requirements before flying to Uganda?

Arriving passengers should hold a negative COVID-19 PCR test certificate issued within 72 hours from the time of sample collection to boarding aircraft leaving country of origin. Note that the only acceptable results are those issued by accredited labs to carry out tests for travel as recommended by respective governments/country of origin.

  1. Does one need to carry out another test upon arrival in Uganda?

No, you are not required to carry out covid-19 test upon arrival at Entebbe international Airport. Effective 16th February 2022, Uganda’s ministry of health suspended the mandatory covid-19 testing for all arriving travellers at all entry points.

  1. What is the procedure upon arrival at Entebbe airport or any entry point?

On arrival, all passengers are required to go through the recommended Port Health procedure of identifying body temperature and symptoms. Ministry of health airport staff will verify your covid-19 test certificates. Refer to Q&A 1 above. After going through port health procedures, look out for Adventure Consults’ VIP airport meet and greet staff for customs and clearing assistance.

  1. What are the requirements for departing passengers out Uganda?

Passengers departing Uganda through Entebbe International Airport (EIA) must have an authentic negative COVID-19 PCR test certificate issued within 72 hours from the time of sample collection to boarding aircraft.

In case the destination country’s PCR test time requirements defer, they take priority. All COVID-19 PCR test certificates for departing passengers MUST indicate TRAVEL as the intended purpose of test. Passengers departing EIA are required to know, understand, and interpret COVID-19 requirements of the country they are traveling to.

There are accredited labs in Uganda’s major towns and National Parks to carry out tests for travel.

Please check with our team for guidance and appropriate schedules depending on nature of your itinerary – , +256(0) 392 000 523 / +256 (0) 312 108 260.

Note that information shared by Adventure Consults’ team covers protocols as they are at the time of compilation. Standard operating procedures (SOPs) keep changing and sometimes at very short notice. We therefore recommend that you keep checking with our team ( for more UpToDate information and ensure that you/your clients meet required travel procedures.

We welcome you to the pearl of Africa – Uganda!