COVID19 Travel Advice for Uganda

COVID19 Travel Advice for Uganda

  • If you are travelling to Uganda, you will need to provide a negative COVID-19 test certificate, issued no more than 72 hours before boarding the aircraft or crossing land borders. Foreign nationals without a valid negative test certificate will be denied entry. Infants aged three and under are exempt when accompanying parents arrive with a negative test certificate.
  • Arriving passengers will be subject to temperature checks and will be screened for infectious diseases by the Port Health authorities

Travel vaccinations for Uganda

Here are travel health and immunization advice for travellers, tourists and visitors to Uganda. This includes Yellow fever vaccination, Rabies, avoiding malaria and more
Travel Vaccinations for tourists are either compulsory or recommended for travel to Uganda and most East African countries. Ideally, you should start your travel vaccination for Uganda / East Africa at least six weeks before departure, or earlier if possible.
You are advised to see your doctor as early as you can (at least 4–6 weeks before your trip or safari) and ask for advice on Travel vaccinations for Uganda volunteers. If you have less than 4 weeks before you leave for your trip to East Africa, you should still see your doctor. It might not be too late to get the necessary travel immunizations or medications as well as other information about how to protect yourself from illness and injury while travelling.

Recommended travel Vaccinations for Uganda volunteers:

Hepatitis A:  Recommended for all travellers.
Typhoid: Recommended for all travellers.
Yellow fever: Compulsory for all travellers. Required for travellers arriving from a yellow-fever-infected area in Africa or the Americas.
Polio: One-time booster recommended for any adult traveller who completed the childhood series but never had a polio vaccine as an adult.
Meningococcus:  Recommended for all travellers to northern Uganda.
Hepatitis B: Recommended for all travellers.
Rabies: For travellers spending a lot of time outdoors, or at high risk from animal bites, or involved in any activities that might bring them into direct contact with bats
MMR (measles, mumps, rubella): Two doses recommended for all travellers.
Tetanus-diphtheria: Re-vaccination recommended every 10 years.

I’ve received some of these vaccines in the past. How do I know if I need a booster?

This is how long the vaccines are effective (i.e. if it’s been longer than this since you were immunized, you need a booster):

  • Hepatitis A — 10 years (after second dose; relatively new vaccine; recommendations not finalized)
  • Typhoid VI (injectable typhoid) — 2 years
  • Vivotif (oral typhoid) — 5 years
  • Hepatitis B — obtain a blood test to determine if still protected
  • Rabies – either revaccinate after 2 years or obtain a blood test to determine if still protected
  • Yellow fever — 10 years
  • Meningococcal — 3 years
  • Japanese encephalitis — 3 years
  • Tetanus-diphtheria — 10 years
  • Measles — lifetime (after the second dose)
  • Varicella — lifetime (after the second dose)
  • Polio — lifetime (after a single adult booster)
  • Influenza — 4-6 months

If you have visited East Africa, continue taking your antimalarial drug for 4 weeks (mefloquine, doxycycline or Malarone) or seven days (atovaquone/proguanil) after leaving the risk area.
Malaria is always a serious disease which can lead to death. If you become ill with a fever or flu-like illness either while travelling in Uganda or Kenya or after you return home (and up to 1 year after), you should seek immediate medical attention and should tell your health care provider about your travel history.

Useful travel health links:

Wilderness Medical Society
American Travel Health Nurses Association

Vaccinations advise from governmental agencies:

World Health Organization
International Travel and Health (WHO)
Centres for Disease Control – Travelers Health
Health Information for International Travel (CDC) (PDF)
Health Canada – Travel Medicine Program
National Travel Health Network and Centre (U.K.)
Health Advice for Travellers (U.K.)
Health Information for Overseas Travel (U.K.)
Travax (for physicians; NHS Scotland)
Fit for Travel (for travellers; NHS Scotland)
U.S. State Department
United Kingdom – Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Canada- Foreign Affairs Canada
Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Vaccinations advise by non-governmental organizations:

Kids Can Travel
Travel Health Online
MASTA (Medical Advisory Services for Travelers Abroad)
IAMAT (International Association for Medical Assistance to Travelers)
Passport Health
The Travel Clinic
iJET Travel Intelligence
Fit for Travel (University of Munich Tropical Institute)
Travel Turtle

Advice on Travel Vaccinations for Uganda volunteers – Air ambulance / Medical evacuation:

U.S. State Department – Medical Insurance

Use this link to see helpful Visa and entry information for Uganda

DISCLAIMER: The Travel vaccinations for Uganda advice information contained on this website is intended solely to provide general information for the personal use of the reader, who accepts full responsibility for its use

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