Most foreign nationals will need a visa in order to enter Uganda. Uganda makes it quite easy for tourists to visit the Pearl of Africa. Visas can be obtained before traveling to Uganda from your nearest Ugandan embassy or bought upon arrival for 50 USD. Ensure your passport is valid for six months beyond the end of your stay. Nationals of the East African Community do not need visa for entering to Uganda. A certificate of yellow fever vaccination is required.
Getting to Uganda is becoming easier each year. More and more airlines have direct flights to Entebbe International Airport, such as: British Airways, Lufthansa, Air Emirates, KLM, Ethiopian Airlines, Brussels Airlines
Eagle Air and Unite Airlines offer flights throughout the country.
Driving is on the left side. Visitors without experience of African roads are advised to organize a vehicle with a driver, rather than self-drive. Speed limits in Uganda in built up areas are 50km/h and out of town 80km/h. The police do enforce this law and breaking speed limits can result in a fine, imprisonment or both. We advise against travel outside of the main towns after dark, for reasons of road safety and security. Always keep vehicle doors locked.
Great care must be taken if you choose to travel by long distance bus. The “Post Bus” service, run by the Ugandan Post Office currently, has the best safety record. Many volunteer and NGO organizations recommend their staff to use this service, when travelling between towns in Uganda.
Most locals get around by share minibuses (known as taxis), and there's never a shortage of them. Fares are fixed and vehicles leave when full. Other common forms of public transport are matatus and boda-bodas (scooter taxis). Matatus are usually minibuses, using a specific route. Though very cheap to use, matatus and boda-bodas are generally in poor condition, badly driven and often without proper insurance cover. We therefore advise great caution before using matatus and boda bodas.