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Uganda Travel Fact File (January 2024)

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Uganda is a landlocked country in East Africa whose diverse landscape encompasses the snow-capped Rwenzori Mountains and immense Lake Victoria. Its abundant wildlife includes chimpanzees as well as rare birds.

Climate in Uganda

Uganda’s climate is largely tropical with two rainy seasons per year, March to May and September to December. The northern region, which forms one quarter of the country lies outside the tropical belt, and hence experiences only one rainy season, March to October.

Time Difference in Uganda

Uganda is 3 hours ahead of the United Kingdom.

Language in Uganda

Uganda’s official languge is English, which is spoken by most educated Ugandans. The three major indigenous language families are Bantu, Central Sudanic, and Nilotic. Swahili and Luganda are also widely spoken.

Commonly Used Words in Uganda

Language – Luganda

Hello = Ki kati

Goodbye = Weeraba

Thank you = Weebale

Please = Mwattu

Yes = Weewawo

No = Nedda

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Which Plug Do I Need in Uganda?

For Uganda the associated plug type is G, which is the plug that has three rectangular pins in a triangular pattern. Uganda operates on a 240V supply voltage and 50Hz.

What is The Local Currency in Uganda?

Ugandan Shilling £100 = 482,167.18 Ugandan Shilling (as of January 2024)

What Credit Cards Can I Use in Uganda?

The whole country predominately uses Visa, MasterCard is next and a few places will accept American Express and Discover cards – all with an additional surcharge ranging from 3.5 to 6% or more for some companies. Bigger hotels may however not charge anything extra. Several ATMs now take Credit and Debit cards.

Tipping in Uganda

Tips are not included in the overall price of our treks and adventure trips, but most trekkers do tip their guides, porters, and cooks on the penultimate or final day of the trip. Tipping is a universal custom in adventure travel, but is not obligatory, so you should never feel forced into it, but it is a tradition on the trail. Tipping policies can be found through the Vamoos app for each individual trip.

Approximate Food & Drink Prices in Uganda (January 2024)

Coke/Pepsi 1,458.33 USh

Water 1,150.00 USh

Coffee 9,800.00 USh

Beer 4,000.00 USh

Inexpensive Meal 10,000.00 USh

Passport Validity for Uganda

Your passport must have an ‘expiry date’ at least 6 months after the date you arrive in Uganda.

Check with your travel provider that your passport and other travel documents meet requirements. Renew your passport if you need to.

You will be denied entry if you do not have a valid travel document or try to use a passport that has been reported lost or stolen. 

COVID-19 Requirements for Uganda? (January 2024)

Uganda’s Port Health Authority may check your temperature on arrival. If your temperature is above normal or you display COVID-19 symptoms, they may ask you to take a COVID-19 test.

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Vaccination requirements for Uganda (other than COVID-19)

You must bring the yellow fever vaccination certificate you used to get your visa.

For full details about medical entry requirements and recommended vaccinations, see TravelHealthPro’s Uganda guide.

Do I Need a Visa for Uganda? (January 2024)

You must have a visa to enter Uganda. Check which visa best fits your needs.

Applying for a visa

You apply online to Ugandan Immigration, attaching the required documents and certificates including, in most cases, a yellow fever vaccination certificate. The immigration authorities will email you a letter of authorisation including a barcode. You print out the letter to present on arrival, where border officials will issue your visa.

Alternatively you can take the letter to a Ugandan embassy and they will issue the visa.  

You can also apply online for an East African Tourist Visa. This costs 100 US dollars and allows multiple entries into Kenya, Rwanda and Uganda over 90 days.

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