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Red Tape – Before you travel

Check well in advance that you have a valid passport and that it will not expire within 6 months of the date on which you intend to LEAVE Uganda.

For security reasons it is advisable to detail all your important information on one sheet of paper and photocopy it, and distribute a few copies in your luggage, money-belt and with relatives and friends at home. Such information could typically include:

  • travel insurance policy details

  • 24 hour emergency contact number

  • passport number

  • details of friends/ relatives to be contacted in emergency

  • bank and credit card details

  • 24 hour emergency contact numbers

You may sometimes be asked for an international health certificate showing you had a yellow fever shot.


Nationals of most countries require a visa to enter Uganda. This can be bought in advance at any Ugandan embassy or high commission abroad but it is easier to purchase the visa upon arrival at Entebbe Airport. Note visa rulings are prone to change  and all visitors are advised to check the current situation with their travel agent or home office equivalent.

Take a look at for a good overview of Uganda

When to visit – best times to travel

Uganda has a warm climate all year round and, being equatorial, seasonal temperature variations are insignificant. The main factor is rainfall pattern, especially if you plan on hiking in the Rwenzori mountains. The wettest months are April, May, October and November. During these months, camping isn’t very practical and some unsurfaced roads may be impassable. Note that flight availability and prices are highly seasonal. Conveniently for Europeans, the cheapest fares usually coincide  with the European summer holidays, from June to September.

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