Getting In and Around
You can apply for a visa at the Ugandan embassy or consulate ahead of time or at the airport when you arrive. Most foreign nationals require a visa to enter Uganda, and proof of yellow fever inoculation is needed for applying for a visa. For a list of further visa details and requirements, visit the website of the Embassy of the Republic of Uganda in Washington, D.C.
The main international airport is located in Entebbe, 35 kilometers from Kampala, the capital city. There is also a domestic Ugandan airline based in Entebbe, and it is possible to charter flights to safari destinations.
Driving is the most common way to get around Uganda, either by private vehicle or by bus, and traffic moves on the left. It is possible to rent a car in one of Uganda’s major cities with an international driver’s license or a British driver’s license.
and fastest way to get around Uganda is by minibus. Known as matatus, these minibuses run between all major cities and around much of the rest of Uganda but can be very crowded. Taxis are also available in most cities and towns, and though they may be more comfortable than matatus, they are more expensive.
It is possible to use your mobile phone in Uganda if you have an international plan, but doing so is very expensive. Phone shops can be found in most cities and town, and SIM cards and prepaid mobile phones are relatively inexpensive.
Safety and Security
Today Uganda is a politically stable country, though conflict in some of its neighboring nations can sometimes be a source of concern for visitors. Certain areas of Uganda are less safe for tourists, and visitors are advised not to travel on rural roads at night. Check the U.S. Department of State’s consular website for up-to-date travel warnings
for Uganda before planning your trip.
The Mo Ibrahim Foundation has created a security ratings system called the Ibrahim Index
, wherein scores are based on each country’s quality of government. Before traveling to Uganda or anywhere on the continent, check the index and do your research.