Uganda Suspends Mandatory PCR Testing for Arriving Vaccinated Travelers

September 17, 2021 - 2 minutes read

The Government of the Republic of Uganda has issued updated directives on COVID-19 health measures at Entebbe International Airport. These wre effective 4th September 2021 until further notice.

In a statement dated 4th September, shared by Uganda’s Civil Aviation Authority, arriving passengers from category 2 countries will be subjected to a COVID-19 PCR test on arrival in Uganda . This is in addition to the negative COVID-19 PCR test certificate for tests taken within 72 hours from the time of sample collection to first embarkation.

Affected countries include;

– Category 1- None
– Category 2- India, United States of America, United Kingdom, United Arab Emirates (UAE), Turkey, South Africa, Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania and South Sudan.
– Category 3 – All countries not in Category 2. These will not be subject to COVID-19 PCR test.

Good news from the Ministry of Health is that, Individuals from Category 2 countries who have received full COVID-19 vaccination and have no signs of COVID-19 will be exempted from the PCR tests.

On 23rd August 2021, the government had directed that ‘All travellers irrespective of their covid-19 vaccination status, shall undergo screening and be subjected to PCR-COVID-19 test at all points of entry including Entebbe International airport”. This directive was to be effective 3rd September 2021.

In an official twitter by Ministry of Health, the above directive has been suspended hence fully vaccinated travelers with certificates shall be exempted from the mandatory PCR tests on arrival.

Important to note is that travel protocols keep changing and sometimes/in most cases change at a very short notice. We therefore recommend that you keep checking with our team ( for more UpToDate information and ensure that you/your clients meet right travel procedures.

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