Travel Advice for Uganda
Uganda
Capital: Kampala

Time Zone GMT + 3
Telephone
Services
Country Code: 256
IDD: International Direct Dialling is available to main towns
Outgoing Code: International calls must go through the operator
Emergency
Telephone
Numbers
Not present
Tourist
Information
Uganda Tourist Board, PO Box 7211, Parliament Avenue, Kampala, Uganda, Tel: (41) 242 196 fax: (41) 242 188 Uganda National Parks and Wildlife Authority Office, Tel: 232 971.
Passport
Information
Valid passport required by all. Return Ticket Required. Requirements may change at short notice. Contact the embassy before departure.
Visa
Information
Visa required by all except nationals of Antigua & Barbuda, Angola, Bahamas, Bahrain, Barbados, Belize, Botswana, Burundi, Comoros, Cyprus, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Fiji, Gambia, Grenada, Hong Kong, Israel, Jamaica, Kenya, South Korea, Kuwait, Lesotho, Libya, Kuwait, Malawi, Malaysia, Malta, Madagascar, Mauritius, Madagascar, Mozambique, Namibia, New Zealand, Norway, Oman, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Solomon Islands, Somalia, St Lucia, St Vincent & The Grenadines, Sudan, Swaziland, Switzerland, Taiwan, Tanzania, Tonga, Tuvalu, UAE, Vanuatu; Zambia, Zimbabwe. Transit passenger with a connecting flight. With effect from 1 March 1999, British nationals require a visa to enter Uganda. British nationals travelling up country should consult the British High Commission in Kampala (Tel: 257 054/9).
Health
Information
Polio, Typhoid: Vaccination recommended.
Malaria : Exists all year throughout the country. Resistance to chloroquine has been reported.
Yellow Fever: Vaccination is strongly recommended to all passengers and a vaccination certificate is required by passengers arriving from infected areas.
Other Health Risks: Bilharzia, Meningitis, Rabies. There is a very high prevalence of AIDS/HIV. Visitors should seek medical advice before travelling.
Food
& Drink
Water is untreated and not safe to drink. Avoid dairy products as they are not pasteurised. Fruit and vegetables should be peeled before consumption.
Currency Uganda Shilling (Ush) = 100 cents.
Exchange: central bank, commercial banks and exchange bureaux. NOTE: Import and export of local currency is prohibited.
Visa is widely accepted, but other credit cards have limited acceptance. Travellers cheques, preferably in US dollars are accepted.
ATM availability: Unavailable.
Cost of
Living
Since a new privatisation programme was introduced in the last few years, the cost of living has risen.
Languages English and Luganda and Kiswahili is also widely spoken.
Weather The higher altitudes can be quite cool. There is heavy rain: Mar - May, Oct - Nov.
Electricity 240 Volts, Ac 50 Hz.
Post Airmail to Europe can take 3 days to several weeks.
Transport FLIGHTS: Domestic flights operate regularly between major cities.
ROAD: Vary in quality and are sparse in the North.
DOCUMENTATION: A national driving licence or IDP is required.
RAIL: Passenger facilities are limited and timetables can be erratic although regular services operate.
BUS: Services are often overcrowded and unreliable.
Special
Information
HIGH RISK Consult the Embassy before travelling. The South and West are not safe for travel after recent kidnapping. Safety can not be guaranteed in the North and Northeast. Risk remains elsewhere of armed robbery and car-jackings. Do not travel after dark. Taking photos of anything connected to the military is prohibited.