Health and Insurance
Vaccination and Medication
Visit your health professional at least 4 to 6 weeks before your trip to check whether you need any vaccinations or other preventive measures.
Make sure your Yellow Fever vaccination is up to date before arriving in Uganda.
Visitors should bring personal supplies of medicines that are likely to be needed, but inquire first at the embassy or high commission whether such supplies may be freely imported.
Food and Drink
All water should be regarded as being a potential health risk. Water used for drinking, brushing teeth or making ice should have first been boiled or otherwise sterilized. Milk is unpasteurized and should be boiled. Powdered or tinned milk is available and is advised.
Avoid dairy products which are likely to have been made from unboiled milk. Only eat well-cooked meat and fish, preferably served hot. Vegetables should be cooked and fruit peeled. Be sure to wash fresh produce well before eating and avoid raw foods in restaurants. Do not eat food prepared by unlicensed vendors or where you have concerns about kitchen hygiene. Only use boiled or bottled water, and avoid ice in drinks. Carry hand sanitizer to use before meals.
HIV/AIDS is widespread. Vaccinations against tuberculosis and hepatitis B are sometimes advised. After road accidents, malaria is the most serious health concern for travelers visiting Uganda. Seek up-to-date advice regarding malarial areas and the appropriate antimalarial medication prior to your trip, usually doxycycline, Malarone or mefloquine. Pregnant women are more vulnerable to malaria and are advised against travel to regions where malaria is present. Take a good insect repellant and try to avoid bites between dusk and dawn by always covering up.
Remember that many of the lakes have Schistosomiasis (Bilharzia). Check with the locals and do not paddle on the lake shore if you’re not sure. However, if you do get infected, which you won’t know until 1-2 months after contact with water, visit your family doctor or hospital.
Diarrhea disease and intestinal worms are also a concern and travelers should be careful what they eat or drink.
Travel Health Insurance
Medical facilities in Uganda are limited. Medical help at the scene of an accident is likely to be limited. In the case of serious accident or illness, evacuation by air ambulance may be required. Make sure you have adequate travel health insurance and accessible funds to cover the cost of any medical treatment abroad and repatriation.
Uganda’s climate is tropical. This means it is generally rainy (particularly during the months of March to May, September to November), while the remaining months (December to February, June to August) comprise Uganda’s two dry seasons.
Uganda, landlocked in eastern Africa, has a climate heavily shaped by its own topography and that of surrounding regions. High mountains along some of its margins, an elevated plateau and plentiful lakes — including L.Victoria, the biggest in Africa — all exert a real influence. Travelers here can go from a steamy lowland of truly tropical feel to the snowpack of lofty crags.
Although generally equatorial, the climate is not uniform as the altitude modifies the climate. Southern Uganda is wetter, with rain generally spread throughout the year. At Entebbe on the northern shore of Lake Victoria, most rain falls from March to June and the November/December period. Further to the north a dry season gradually emerges; at Gulu, about 120 km from the Sudanese border, November to February is much drier than the rest of the year.
The northeastern Karamoja region has the driest climate and is prone to droughts in some years. Rwenzori in the southwest on the border with Congo (DRC) receives heavy rain all year round. The south of the country is heavily influenced by one of the world’s biggest lakes, Lake Victoria, which contains many islands. It prevents temperatures from varying significantly and increases cloudiness and rainfall. Most important cities are located in the south, near Lake Victoria, including the capital Kampala and the nearby city of Entebbe.
When traveling to Uganda, you should study up on Uganda’s weather and climate ahead of your trip so you can pack accordingly. Rain should be expected in the Lake Victoria vicinity, upper highlands and during the wet seasons of other regions. Hikers and mountaineers in the Ugandan high country need warm clothing to contend with sometimes-frigid night temperatures and storms.
How to apply for an East Africa Tourist Visa
How to acquire an East Africa Tourist Visa. How to get an East Africa Tourist Visa, Uganda Visa online, Kenya Visa online.
Travelling to East Africa has just become easier. You are now able to obtain an East Africa Tourist Visa online prior to arrival to enable you to enter the following countries:
Uganda Online Visa – visas.immigration.go.ug
Kenya Online Visa – www.ecitizen.go.ke
Rwanda Online Visa – www.migration.gov.rw
If you are going to visit more than one of the above countries during on trip, you will eligible to apply for an East Africa Tourist Visa. This entry visa can be applied for online, as well using the website of the country where your trip will begin.
Online Visa Application Tips:
Please be sure that you have all the required information ready to upload on to the websites when prompted.
Please ensure that you enter your e-mail address correctly as this will be used as the primary sources of contact between the immigration department and the applicant.
Please note that, if you do not get a response from the immigration department within the stated allotted time, do contact your travel agent for assistance.
Please always check with your countries embassy first to check if you are required to apply for a visa to enter Uganda.
Please note that you are still able to apply for a visa on arrival at all the above countries, but this option is being phased out over the upcoming months.
Please make sure you print off your visa, once received so that it can be handed to immigration.
If you have any questions about applying for an online East Africa Tourist visa, please get in touch with us via [email protected]