How to Stay Safe Travelling on Business in Uganda
If you plan on travelling to Uganda for business, you may be aware that travellers are advised to exercise a high degree of caution as there are occasional security problems that need to be avoided. Public demonstrations and rallies take place in various parts of Uganda, which means travellers should be vigilant and avoid large crowds where possible. An important issue to be aware of is that taking photos of, or near, military sites or security installations (and some public buildings) may be prohibited.
Foreigners are not usually the target of violence, though opportunistic crimes such as burglaries, muggings and drive-by bag snatches may occur. Here are a few tips which should help you to stay safe whilst travelling for business or pleasure in Uganda:
- Don’t carry credit cards, travel tickets and money together – try to leave spare cash and valuables in a safe place.
- Don’t carry your passport unless absolutely necessary.
- Don’t show large sums of money in public and don’t use ATMs after dark.
- Avoid walking after dark – arrange to be picked up and dropped as close to your hotel entrance as possible.
- Keep a close eye on personal belongings in public.
- Bag snatches by thieves on motorbikes are common – be aware of your surroundings at all times.
- Regional travel may be difficult so stay in the main towns.
Check on the vaccinations you will need at least 8 weeks before your trip and make sure that you carry enough medication for the entire trip (including unexpected delays).
Before travelling, make sure that you hold comprehensive travel insurance that covers overseas medical costs, including medical repatriation/evacuation. Check for any exclusions to ensure that your policy covers you for any activities you may wish to participate in.
Malaria can be fatal – it is transmitted by mosquitoes and cannot be vaccinated against so arrange to get antimalarial tablets before travelling. Use insect repellents, cover up with long sleeves and trousers and sleep under a mosquito net to avoid bites.
Make sure only to drink boiled or bottled water.