UK lifts travel restrictions, citizens free to travel to Uganda

“We have reduced our travel advice to the lowest level. This means we no longer have restrictions on travel to any part of Uganda.”

KAMPALA– British citizens have gotten the green light to travel to all parts of Uganda after the UK government today, Monday 17 October, put the advisory to the lowest level.

This clearance is contained in a statement on the UK Government’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) website https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/uganda/safety-and-security. The Karamoja region where the world famous Kidepo Valley National Park is one of the areas that is to benefit from the new advisory. Kidepo has been rated by CNN, among other international organisations, as one of the must visit parks for 2017.

FCO “no longer advise against all but essential travel to the Karamoja region of north-eastern Uganda; if you're travelling in this part of Uganda, you should be aware that inter-communal violence and occasional attacks on security forces do happen; foreigners are not usually the target of violence.”

“This is very important development for the tourism industry which has often suffered from unfair advisories,” says Stephen Asiimwe, the CEO of Uganda Tourism Board. “

On 6th October 2017, Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni hosted about 100 international financiers and conservationists for the Giants Club Conservation and Tourism Investment Forum. The forum was meeting to promote tourism investments in different parts of Uganda including Kidepo Valley National Park. Among the guests were UK’s former Chancellor of Exchequer Rt. Hon George Osborne, who is also a member of Conservative Party.