Getting to Uganda

Uganda-The Pearl of Africa is accessible in different ways.

A passport valid for six months beyond the date of entry, visa, evidence of yellow fever vaccination, as well as a polio vaccination for children younger than five, are required before you enter Uganda.

Visas are available at Entebbe Airport upon arrival or may be obtained from the Embassy of the Republic of Uganda

There are many ways how to get around! The most common is to book with one of the many tour and travel companies, which bring you around in a car, bus or truck and guide you through the whole journey.

Here, you will be able to experience places and things which you might not be able to find and see alone especially if you are in Uganda on a short holiday. There will be a lot of time wasted by looking for where to go, by waiting and missing the bus, by looking for accommodation and so on.

With a guide and a tour company you are safe and time-economical and can be sure that you get in your short time all you expect. On the other hand you pay for all this services.

Flying to Uganda

There are many choices of airlines to fly to Uganda landing at Entebbe International airport. Airlines flying here include Brussels Airlines, KLM, Egypt Air, Air Emirates, South African Airways, Air Tanzania, Rwanda, Air Uganda, Qatar Airlines, Turkish Airline, Ethiopian Airways, Kenya Airways and more.

Flying inside of Uganda is also easened especially to tourist destination like Murchison falls, Bwindi Gorilla Park, Kidepo valley National park and other destinations.

Nationals of Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, the Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Burundi, Comoros, Cyprus, Eritrea, Fiji, the Gambia, Grenada, Hong Kong, Ireland, Jamaica, Kenya, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Malta, Mauritius, Rwanda, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Solomon Islands, Swaziland, Tanzania, Tonga, Vanuatu, Zambia and Zimbabwe may enter Uganda visa-free for up to 3 months.

Since July 2016, nationals of all other countries have been required to apply online for a visa prior to travelling to Uganda. The single entry tourist visa now costs $50 only and is valid from between 30 to 90 days.

The East Africa Tourist Visa costs $100 and allows up to 90 days travel in Uganda, Rwanda and Kenya. This should be applied for prior to travel. July 2016:

The 90-day East African Tourist Visa is also available on arrival, which is valid for Uganda, Kenya and Rwanda, and costs the same as a single-entry Ugandan visa. .

By train

The Uganda Railway is the section of railway from Mombasa in Kenya that the British built to access their Protectorate in Uganda. Currently, the only train services that operate in Uganda are the freight service from Port Bell on Lake Victoria to the industrial area in Kampala, and the passenger train that shuttles daily between Kampala railway station and Namanve, on the outskirts of the capital. The passenger service was relaunched as a pilot project in 2015 by Rift Valley Railways after the railway had been closed for 30 years.

The Standard Gauge Railway will connect Mombasa with the interior of East Africa. Travellers will be able to get a train from Mombasa to Nairobi and on to Kampala in Uganda, South Sudan, Rwanda and Burundi.

By car

Travelers with their own vehicles should be able to enter Uganda at any of the borders such as the roads from Kenya through Busia and Malaba. Roads connecting Rwanda to Uganda, Through Mutukula border in Tanzania to Uganda among others. A Carnet du Passage is required for private vehicles, including motorcycles, while a 90-day tourist visa should be easily obtained.

By bus

Uganda is well serviced by a number of reputable international bus companies. Several bus companies offer direct routes from Nairobi, Kigali, Bujumbura, Goma, Juba, and Dar es Salaam to Kampala. A journey between Kampala and Nairobi lasts approximately 13 hours, including the border crossing.

By boat

There are ferries going to Ssese Islands on Lake Victoria. Also a ferry leaves Entebbe at Nakiwogo every day to and from Kalangala.This has greatly easened transport of leisure travelers intending to visit the Kalangala Island, Bulago and Bulagga Islands especially for honey moon. Business travelers’ also use this ferry daily.

The other way is individual travelling where backpackers go often alone, without a company or tour guide. However you will have to improvise, so that you finally reach you desired location. Mostly you will need a combination of Boda Boda, local taxi, bus and hire a private car for those intending to visit the National Parks.

Domestic bus travel is reasonable and cheap between major centers, and is a good choice for backpackers with time, but may not run reliably on schedule. Note that both buses and “taxis” do not run on fixed schedules; rather, they leave their terminal stop when they are completely full.