BASIC UGANDA TRAVEL TIPS AND GUIDELINES
Basic Uganda travel tips about Passports and Visas
For any visitor to enter Uganda, a valid passport for at least six months from date of issue is required. Entry may be refused to passengers not holding sufficient paper work for their travel programs in Uganda including return or onward tickets, and other necessary travel documents.
Basic Uganda travel tips on Visa outlets and types available
Requirements for Uganda visas and entry into Uganda differ from country to country, are subject to change, and each Uganda visa application is treated as an individual case. Always make visa inquiries before travelling to Uganda.
A Uganda visa is a clearance permitting an individual to proceed to visit Uganda. Uganda visas are issued at Missions/Embassies abroad and also at the entry and exit points of Uganda like Entebbe airport, Busia border, Malaba border and Elegu border.
In 1999 Uganda introduced visa requirements for all visitors and people entering Uganda except nationals of a few countries. There are different types of visas needed depending on what you are going to do in Uganda: Student Visas, Single Entry visas, Multiple Entry 6 month’s visas, Multiple Entry 1 year visas, or Inland Transit.
Basic Uganda travel tips on Visa application requirements
If you arrive or enter Uganda without a valid travel visa, you may be fined and immediately deported at your own expense. You must obtain a Uganda Government VISA before entry into Uganda. To obtain a Uganda Government VISA the following are required:-
Fill out both sides of Visa Application Form “J”, Submit your passport and two (2) passport-size photographs.
A passport issued by your government valid for at least six months, Your passport must also be valid past the date of your expected departure from Uganda (Passport must be signed).
One completed Uganda visa application form, Two passport-size photos taken within the past six months, International Certificate of Vaccination for Yellow Fever and Letter from applicant’s company if travelling for business (on company letterhead and signed by someone other than the applicant).
Basic Uganda travel tips on how to get to Uganda
Entebbe International Airport is the Major Airport in Uganda. It lies 43km from the capital city Kampala and is serviced by a number of international airlines such as SN Brussels, British Airways, South African Airways, Kenya Airways, Air Tanzania, Rwanda-Air Express, Egypt Air, Ethiopian Airlines and Air Uganda. Uganda can also be reached overland from Kenya, Rwanda and Tanzania.
Basic Uganda travel tips on when to Visit Uganda
Uganda has a beautiful climate all year round and can be visited at any time, the temperatures range from 21 degrees Celsius to 30 degrees Celsius in the day and 16-20 degrees Celsius in the night. The hottest months are from December-January and the wettest and coolest months are March-May and the mid-September to November. Activities like mountain hikes, gorilla trekking tours which involves trekking through steep slopes with dense foliage and undergrowth and other forest walks are more challenging during the rainy seasons, which generally peak over mid-September to November and March to May.
Basic Uganda travel tips on what to Bring
Visitors to Uganda are required to have valid passports, and visa requirements should be checked with the customs and immigration’s at the Airport on arrival before you travel, Binoculars and tour guides will enable you reap the most of game reserves and national park tours and game drives, Zoom lens for Photographers who intend to capture the beautiful wildlife and scenery (70-300 or similar), Printing film and developing facilities are available in Kampala. Toiletries and other essential commodities can be purchased at any of the numerous supermarkets and shopping centers in the cities.
Basic Uganda travel tips on to what to wear
During the day, temperatures are generally warm depending on which region of the country one is in, so bring lots of light clothing. Evening temperatures are cooler at especially high altitudes, so it is advisable to bring a couple of light sweaters as well. For the tourist intending to hike or climb on the mountains, you are advised to pack accordingly due to the alpine temperatures. You would do well to carry solid walking shoes and strong clothing, a sun hat, sunglasses, waterproof jackets which are ideal for forest walks, game drives and national park tours.
Basic Uganda travel tips on accommodation Facilities in Uganda
Uganda has a number of hotels and safari lodges that offer meals and overnight accommodation to both budget and luxury travelers. You can do your booking to Uganda Hotels, safari lodges, Guest houses and apartments in Uganda through the experts of Trekking adventures in Uganda.
Basic Uganda travel tips on security Matters
Precautions should be taken as in any major city, Unless safety deposit boxes are available in your hotel or lodge, always carry travel documents, travelers cheque’s, cash and other valuables with you at all times. We recommend that you do not walk late in the night but instead take a taxi if you have too though Uganda is extremely safe, we can’t guaranty you safety.
Basic Uganda travel tips about Uganda currency
The unit of currency is Uganda shilling. The US dollar is traditionally the hard currency of preference, but Euro and Pound Sterling are also widely accepted. Hard currency cash can be changed for local currency at banks and private Forex bureaus in all large towns. However traveler’s cheques are not widely accepted outside Kampala.
Basic Uganda traveling tips about driving
Visitors who wish to do self-drive are advised that driving in Uganda is done on the left hand side. There are numerous car hire service providers within the city with attractive rates although the fuel prices are fairly high, considering that Uganda is a landlocked country. For visitors that have no experience of African roads, you are advised to book for a vehicle with Kjong Safaris Uganda plus an experienced driver.
Basic Uganda travel tips about tipping
Tipping is not culture that is practiced often at local hotels, bars and restaurants, but it is always appreciated. The amount depends on the tourists’ discretion, although tour guides and drivers should always be tipped.