PROMOTIONAL GORILLA PERMITS AT $400 PER PERSON
As Uganda continues to manage the impacts of COVID19 and welcome visitors to the various destinations around the country, Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) is pleased to inform the general public that it will be running a festive season price discount.
Uganda Wildlife Authority considers visitors are at the heart of our conservation efforts and as we enter into this festive season, we are glad to be able to reward them for their continued support throughout the years and more especially through this period of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The following discounts have been offered with effect from 1st December 2020 to 31st March 2021
- a) 50% discount on park entrance fee for Lake Mburo NP, Queen Elizabeth NP, Kidepo Valley NP, Murchison Falls NP, Semuliki NP, Toro Semliki Wildlife Reserve, Katonga Wildlife Reserve, Kabwoya Wildlife Reserve and Pian Upe Wildlife Reserve.
- b) 50% discount on birding fees.
- c) Reduction on gorilla and chimpanzee tracking fees for all visitor categories as follows
- East African Community citizen gorilla tracking permits reduced from UGX 250,000 to UGX 150,000
- Foreign Resident gorilla tracking permits reduced from USD 600 to USD 300
- Foreign Non Resident gorilla tracking permits reduced from USD 700 to USD400
- East African Community resident chimpanzee tracking permits reduced from UGX 150,000 to UGX 100,000
- Foreign Resident chimpanzee tracking permits reduced from USD 150 to USD100
- Foreign Non Resident chimpanzee tracking permits reduced from USD 200 to USD 150
- The reduction on gorilla and chimp fees will only apply to new purchases between 1st December 2020 and 31st March 2021 and not on reschedules of already deposited on permits or purchases using Credit letters.
- No reschedules will be allowed for these promotional permits.
UWA further reminds its visitors that we shall continue to adhere to the COVID-19 guidelines as below;
Set SOPs for Gorilla and Chimpanzee Tracking in Uganda
The following are SOPs which have been set by the government of Uganda through the Ministry of Tourism, Wildlife and Antiquities and Uganda Wildlife Authority which will be followed by visitors interested in visiting the primates, these will help control the spread of the virus to the endangered primates which include chimpanzees, mountain gorillas, golden monkeys and other various primate species.
- At the briefing points, visitors and staff shall wash hands or sanitize and have their body temperature taken.
- Briefing and debriefing shall be done in small groups of eight (08) tourists after they have been assigned gorilla families for tracking.
- Tourists, staff, and porters who, during the briefing, are observed to be sick shall not be allowed to track. These include anyone with signs of flu, and those who report to have diarrhea, stomach upsets and malaria among others.
- All the visitors, staff and trackers must wear masks.
- A maximum of eight (8) tourists shall be allowed to track a gorilla group per day.
- A maximum of six (6) tourists shall be allowed to track a chimpanzee group at a time.
- The tourists must keep a distance of not less than 10 meters away from the gorillas and chimpanzees during this period.
- The assigned UWA guides shall ensure there is social distancing of 2 meters among the tourists while tracking where practical.
- Before the gorilla and chimpanzee viewing commences, all people in the group shall sanitize their hands again.
- The tourists shall carry light equipment to minimize the need for porters while they undertake the tracking.
- Due to the reported side effects of wearing masks for long periods and in high altitudes, visitors shall take frequent breaks during the tracking give themselves time to breathe fresh air. During these breaks, social distancing shall be strictly observed.
- In case a tourist or accompanying members of the team experiences a health related problem, UWA staff shall apply the established evacuation and first aid guidelines to move the affected individual from the field.
What are the requirements for arriving passengers in Uganda amid COVID-19?
The requirements are as follows;
- You are required to have an authentic and valid negative COVID-19 Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test certificate from an accredited laboratory in the country of origin issued within 120 hours before boarding to Uganda.
- You are required to wear a face mask appropriately within the Airport and you will be subjected to temperature screening on entry to the arrival hall. You will also be screened for any other signs of infectious diseases by the Port Health team.
What are the requirements for departing passengers out Uganda amid COVID-19?
The requirements are as follows;
- You are required to have an authentic and valid negative COVID-19 Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test certificate from an accredited laboratory in Uganda within 120 hours before boarding your departure flight out of Uganda even if the country you are going to does not require it.
- In case the destination country requires a COVID-19 PCR test certificate within 120 hours the number of hours indicated by the destination country take priority so we advise you to plan accordingly.
- You are advised to arrive at Airport 4 hours before your scheduled flight’s departure time.
- You are required to wear a face mask appropriately within the Airport and you will be subjected to temperature screening on entry to the departure hall. You will also be screened for any other signs of infectious diseases by the Port Health team.
What is the requirement of the negative COVID-19 test certificate for children travelling with adults to Uganda?
- It is only children of three (3) years and below that are exempt from having a negative COVID-19 Polymerase Chain reaction test certificate on condition that their accompanying parents have it.
Are there any restrictions on certain nationalities which cannot enter the Uganda due to COVID-19?
- There are no restrictions on any nationalities entering Uganda due to COVID-19 so long as they you have an authentic and negative COVID-19 Polymerase Chain Reaction test certificate on arrival.
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