Before You Go


Tips before you leave for Uganda

Are you planning to leave for Uganda. Below are some quick tips that you need to know that will make your holiday the best, smooth and interesting;

  • Leave a list of your hotels, including their phone numbers, addresses and dates of arrival and departure, as well as your travel itinerary, with someone staying at home.
  • Write down the telephone numbers to your bank and credit card companies so you may contact them in case of an emergency. For this same reason, make a copy of your passport as well. Keep all this information separate from the originals.
  • If you take prescription medication, take enough with you to last beyond the length of your stay. This is best kept in your carry-on luggage in the event that your suitcase does not arrive at its correct destination.
  • Exchanging foreign currency in America is not always easy. In the larger cities you will find banks and “Change” offices, but in the smaller places the banks may not accept foreign currency.
  • When exchanging currency, always take small denomination bills as most places will not provide change for bills larger than $20. It is very practical to have plenty of $1 bills handy. Please note that in Uganda, small bills below USD50 attract lower exchange rates at almost all forex bureaus. United States Dollar notes below the year 2000 are taken as “old bills” and attract lower exchange rates.
  • We suggest that you bring an international driver‟s license, asides from your driver‟s license, if you are to rent a car in Uganda.
  • Ask your Travel Agency if you have all the necessary insurance coverage. Travel insurance is recommended to be bought from your country by almost all tour operators.
  • Your passport must have an expiration date of at least 6 months beyond your scheduled return from Uganda.
  • Be mindful about the contents of your luggage. Due to rigorous security measures on flights to and from America, many things are not tolerated. Place nail scissors, pocketknives, lighters and any flammables, such as hairspray, in checked bags rather than in your carry-on to avoid confiscation and consequent delays at checkpoints.

Leave a list of your hotels, including their phone numbers, addresses and dates of arrival and departure, as well as your travel itinerary, with someone staying at home.

Write down the telephone numbers to your bank and credit card companies so you may contact them in case of an emergency. For this same reason, make a copy of your passport as well. Keep all this information separate from the originals.

If you take prescription medication, take enough with you to last beyond the length of your stay. This is best kept in your carry-on luggage in the event that your suitcase does not arrive at its correct destination.

Exchanging foreign currency in Uganda is not always easy. In the larger cities you will find banks and “Change” offices, but in the smaller places the banks may not accept foreign currency.

When exchanging currency, always take small denomination bills as most places will not provide change for bills larger than $50. Small bills attract lower exchange rates in most forex bureaus of Uganda.

We suggest that you bring an international driver‟s license, asides from your driver’s license, as it required to hire a car for self drive in Uganda.

Your passport must have an expiration date of at least 6 months beyond your scheduled return from America. In Addition, if you are traveling from a visa waiver country, make sure to obtain an ESTA (Electronic System for Travel Authorization) before you commence your journey.

Be mindful about the contents of your luggage. Due to rigorous security measures on flights to and from Uganda, many things are not tolerated. Place nail scissors, pocketknives, lighters and
any flammables, such as hairspray, in checked bags rather than in your carry-on to avoid confiscation and consequent delays at checkpoints.