Covid Update June 2021

We would like to share with you the latest updates from our destinations;

Latest Covid-19 Situation in Uganda

Uganda is currently under a lockdown on 18th June for a period of 42 days. At the moment the country has seen a spike in the number of covid patients with a total of 72,679confirmed cases and 680 deaths with 49,794 recoveries. The districts with the highest number of cases include Kampala, Wakiso, Gulu, Amuru, Moroto among others.
Under lockdown, there has been a ban on inter- district travels by both public and private means but the good news is that our tourist vehicles are allowed to freely move as long as the following guidelines are meet:

  • All tourist vehicles must be licensed and registered by the ministry of works and transport and the Uganda Tourism board.
  • All tourists are encouraged their detailed itineraries especially for inter district routes.
  • All tourist guides accompanying tourist must carry their IDs
  • Tourists are encouraged to carry proofs of payment for accommodation and tourist activities such as park fees, permits where applicable.
  • Covid 19 SOPs must be adhered to in tourist vehicles with attention to social distancing, wearing of masks and sanitizing.

Full details can be found here: the Uganda Tourism Board
https://utb.go.ug/press-releases/statement-tourist-vehicles-amid-covid-19-pandemic

As Great Lakes Safaris, we would like to assure you that we adhere to all the above guidelines and have put all the required measures in place to allow smooth running of all our clients’ safaris.

It is important to note that Uganda commenced vaccination against Covid 19 on 10th March and to date a total of 821,659 people have received the first dose of the Astrazeneca vaccine and there is an ongoing vaccination for the second dose as well which began on 21st May. The ministry of healthy also reported that only minor side effects have been reported by those who were vaccinated and any extreme side effects such as blood clots were not registered.

Flight updates to and from Entebbe International airport

On 11th June, The Rwandan national carrier suspended flights to and from Uganda until further notice due to the spike in Covid cases in the country. Full details can be found here – Temporary suspension of RwandAir flights to/from Entebbe – RwandAir – RwandAir

On the same note Emirates airline has also suspended all inbound from Uganda and Zambia to Dubai until further notice following a directive from the UAE government. Full details can be found here – Travel updates | Help | Emirates Uganda

Entry Requirements at the Airport

UGANDA REQUIREMENTS

  • Negative Covid Test: All Travellers to provide a Covid-19 PCR test taken within 120 hours of arrival in Uganda.
  • Country categorisation: Based on the current global trend of the Covid-19 outbreak, the Ministry of Health has categorized countries in relation to the risk they pose. This categorisation will be reviewed and updated on a weekly basis.
    • Category 1 – India. All flights from India and all passengers originating from India were suspended effective 1st May 2021.
    • Category 2 – Travellers from the USA, United Kingdom, United Arab Emirates (UAE), Turkey, South African, Ethiopia, Kenya, South Sudan and Tanzania. Any traveller from these countries including children will be required to undergo a PCR Covid-19 test (cost of $65) at the Points of Entry including Entebbe International Airport.
    • Category 3 – Countries not in Category 1 and 2 are exempt from the above measures.

*Fully vaccinated travellers: Individuals in Category 2 and 3 who have received their full Covid-19 vaccination and are asymptomatic will still be required to do a mandatory Covid 19 test upon arrival regardless of their vaccination status.

Great Lakes safaris will ensure that any guests arriving into Uganda are assisted through the process as seamlessly as possible, including itinerary adjustments as necessary and providing a suitable designated hotel facility in Entebbe (at travellers own cost) for comfortably awaiting the results of the PCR test which is likely to be upwards of 4 hours. Travellers may proceed with their journey upon receipt of a negative result.

RWANDA REQUIREMENTS – No Change

  • Covid Negative Test: Arriving passengers must present a negative PCR taken within 72 hours prior to first departure.
  • Health declaration: All Travellers must complete a Passenger Locator Form online. On completion of the form, travellers will be provided with a Unique Health Code (UHC) which you must present on arrival.
  • Test on arrival: All arrivals will be tested for Covid-19 then taken to a designated hotel for 24 hours, awaiting results (USD 60 per test).

Note: Tourists are required to take a PCR test 72 hours prior to visiting a National Park (except for Akagera). Tourists visiting Akagera are required to take a rapid antigen test, available at numerous walk-in clinics in Kigali (RWF 10,000). No tourist will be admitted to any National Park without a valid negative test result.

We would like to assure you our dear clients that even as the country experiences a second wave of the Covid 19 pandemic, the country remains open and accessible to all tourists to continuously visit and explore its rich natural tourist resources as we observe and maintain the SOPs put in place by the Ministry of Health at the different tourist destinations.

Please feel free to contact your tour consultant on any new enquiries or follow up on a previous safari, we will be delighted to hear from you.

Alternatively, please feel free to consult our Sales Manager Sophie on [email protected] should you have any further questions or require more information.

Amos, CEO & Founder of Great Lakes Safaris
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