Health Alert– U.S. Embassy Kampala (June 22, 2021)
Event: According to the Ministry of Health, 71,543 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 660 deaths from COVID-19 have been reported in Uganda since the start of the pandemic.
All visa and non-emergency services to U.S. citizens remain suspended. U.S. citizens in Uganda in need of emergency assistance should contact the embassy using the contact information at the end of this health alert.
Uganda entry restrictions and COVID protocols:
- Since June 18, the Ugandan government has imposed new ‘lockdown’ restrictions (see below), but Entebbe International Airport remains open with the following requirements:
- All arrivals from Category 1 (India) and Category 2 (US, UK, UAE, Turkey, South Africa, Ethiopia, South Sudan, Kenya and Tanzania) countries in Uganda will be subject to a COVID-19 PCR test on arrival, regardless of vaccination status. The health ministry said these tests should cost no more than $ 65. These travelers will be transported to a waiting area 5-10 km from the airport to be tested and will await the results of their tests there. Travelers have the option of waiting there or checking into a designated hotel at their own expense until they receive their test results. Any traveler who tests positive for COVID-19 will be evacuated by the Department of Health to a designated COVID-19 isolation center, at the traveller’s expense.
- The Ugandan government recommends that all travelers from the United States (and all other Category 2 countries) postpone all non-essential travel to Uganda.
- The Ministry of Health’s requirement that COVID-19 testing be performed at an approved facility within 120 hours of departure for inbound and outbound travel to Uganda remains in place for all travelers regardless their vaccination status. The new requirement for travelers to test upon arrival in Uganda does not eliminate the need to have a negative COVID-19 test within 120 hours of leaving your point of origin.
The new restrictions announced by the Ugandan government on June 18 include:
- All public and private transport are suspended for 42 days, effective June 18, 2021, with the exception of cargo vehicles, registered tourist vehicles, emergency vehicles and essential worker vehicles.
- Are closed for 42 days: schools, places of worship, sporting events, bars, nightclubs, sports betting and cinemas.
- Public gatherings, with the exception of cabinet and legislature, are banned for 42 days.
- Social gatherings (including funerals and weddings) should be limited to the family nucleus only and should not have more than 20 people, provided that masks are worn and a social distance of two meters is respected. Home parties are prohibited.
- A 7:00 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. curfew is in place. Motorcycle taxi drivers (boda-boda) must stop their trips before 5:00 p.m. and before that time they can transport goods but not passengers, with the exception of medical patients going to health establishments.
- Workplaces should ensure that no more than 10 percent of staff are working from the office at any given time.
- Weekly non-food markets were suspended for 42 days.
- Essential sectors that remain fully functional: agriculture, industry, manufacturing, freight transport, tourism, health and medical services, security and public services such as water, electricity, retail, media and banking.
- The Kampala Capital Authority has set up a 24-hour emergency medical service call center: 0800-990-000; 0792-310-927.
- For the most recent statistics on the increase in COVID-19 cases in Uganda, please visit the Government of Uganda’s Ministry of Health webpage.
Travel advisory remains at level 3: Reconsider travel
The State Department maintains a Level 3 travel advisory for Uganda recommending travelers to reconsider their travel to Uganda due to COVID-19. The number of COVID-19 cases continues to rise in Uganda. Travelers to Uganda should exercise extra caution due to crime and kidnappings.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) maintains a level 2 travel advisory for Uganda. The CDC recommends that travelers get a full vaccine before traveling to Uganda. Travelers at increased risk of serious illness from COVID-19 should consider postponing all their trips, including essential trips, to Uganda. Medical resources in Uganda are limited.
The consular section of the U.S. Embassy in Kampala has been forced to suspend all routine appointments since June 14. US citizens in need of assistance should contact us using the contact details provided at the end of this message.
Actions to be taken:
1577 Ggaba Road
- Department of State – Consular Affairs
888-407-4747 or 202-501-4444
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