So you’re planning a trip to the beautiful country of Uganda! We’ve collected a few FAQs to help you prepare:
How Safe Is Uganda?
By and large, visiting Uganda is safe. Around 15,000 British nationals visit Uganda every year and have a safe, pleasant experience. As with many countries, petty crime and theft is prevalent in major cities, so it’s advisable to avoid wearing expensive jewellery or carrying large amounts of cash. Stick with your guide, and check travel guidance in your area issued by .gov.uk.
Can I Drink the Water?
When in any East African country you should avoid drinking the tap water, as it may not be safe. Drink only bottled water, and when hiking or trekking make sure you take enough to last for your entire journey.
Do I Need a Visa?
British nationals do need a visa to enter Uganda. You can obtain a visa from the Ugandan High Commission in London before you travel, or when you arrive in Entebbe Airport. A single-entry visa costs $100 and you must pay in USD.
Do I Need Vaccines?
You should visit your doctor at least six weeks before your trip to discuss with them whether you need any vaccinations to travel to Uganda. However, even if you have planned your trip with less than six weeks’ notice it is still worth visiting your GP to hear their recommendations. Medical facilities in Uganda are likely to be limited, and in the case of a serious health emergency evacuation by air ambulance may be necessary. For this reason you must make sure that you have adequate health insurance and accessible funds in case you need to pay for expensive medical treatment or repatriation.
Can I Go Trekking?
Of course! There are a number of companies like steppestravel that arrange tours for visitors to experience gorilla trekking in Uganda, and there is plenty of beautiful scenery to explore.
Can I Pay by Card in Uganda?
Credit cards are not widely used in Uganda and there have been numerous reported cases of credit card fraud, even in reputable international establishments. It’s better to carry cash in US dollars or travellers’ cheques, which you can cash in larger towns. It’s worth noting that notes smaller than US$50 are exchanged at worse rates than larger notes or cheques, and sometimes might not be exchanged at all.