Entebbe Airport is the only international airport in Uganda and so, unless travelling in by road, will
probably be your access point. Opened in 1952, it is probably best known for the scene of a hostage rescue operation by the Israelis after an Arab-German hijacking of Air France airplane in 1976.
From the summer of 2016 it is now a
requirement that visitors arriving in Uganda have a visa before
arrival. These can be applied for online at https://visas.immigration.go.ug/.
The process is fairly simple but remember to upload a copy of your
ticket with both arrival and departure dates and preferably an
itinerary. The process takes just a few days but apply early in
case the application is deferred
pending clarifications of your travel.
On arrival $50 is payable at the airport. When first arriving, the airport looks somewhat Spartan as
you walk along a corridor, down some stairs then queue to get your visa, without sight of the cafes and duty free shops that are accessible to those flying from the airport.
Nowadays the queues at immigration control are dealt with speedily. Your fingerprints will be taken and your passport scanned then take the short walk to collect your baggage and
leave the airport. Allow 30-40 minutes to exit the airport if booking a taxi to collect you.
On your return you will normally have to undertake a security scan before your transport can even enter the airport car
park (always amusing as your bags in the car go unchecked) then a full baggage scan before actually entering the airport itself. One tip ~ you are required to complete a country exit form before departure but no pens are provided so long queues result so best remember to take a pen otherwise you will have to wait until a fellow traveller
lends you theirs! Then there is a further body and hand luggage scan before you enter the departure area. Uganda takes security very seriously as
you will discover when exploring he country and its normal to have a body scan before entering larger shops and all banks.