Reconsider travel to Uganda due to COVID-19 and the potential for violence during upcoming elections. Exercise increased caution in Uganda due to crime


Read the Department of State’s COVID-19 page before you plan any international travel.  

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a level 4 Travel Health Notice for Uganda due to COVID-19.   

Uganda has resumed most internal transportation options, and the international airport is open for regular travel. Most business operations have resumed, however some day cares and schools remain closed. Other improved conditions have been reported within Uganda. Visit the Embassy’s COVID-19 page for more information on COVID-19 in Uganda.

General elections are scheduled for January 14, 2021. Demonstrations in Kampala and other cities in response to local political developments are more likely to occur during election periods, and often escalate to violence.

Violent crime, such as armed robbery, home invasion, and sexual assault, can occur at any time, especially in larger cities including Kampala and Entebbe. Local police often lack the capability to respond effectively to serious crime. 

Read the country information page

If you decide to travel to Uganda: 

  • See the U.S. Embassy’s web page regarding COVID-19. 
  • Visit the CDC’s webpage on Travel and COVID-19.    
  • Avoid demonstrations and large public gatherings.
  • Do not physically resist any robbery attempt. 
  • Food and drinks should never be left unattended in public especially in local clubs. 
  • Remain with a group of friends in public. 
  • Use caution when walking or driving at night. 
  • Keep a low profile. 
  • Carry a copy of your passport and visa (if applicable) and leave originals in your hotel safe. 
  • Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive Alerts and make it easier to locate you in an emergency. 
  • Follow the Department of State on Facebook and Twitter
  • Review the Crime and Safety Report for Uganda. 
  • U.S. citizens who travel abroad should always have a contingency plan for emergency situations. Review the Traveler’s Checklist

Last Update: Reissued with updates to the Risk Indicators