Facts to assist you when travelling to Uganda



  • The Ugandan Population currently stands at 48.5 million (2023).


Capital and Largest City

  • The capital city of Uganda is Kampala, with a population of 3.8 million (2023).


Official Language(s)

  • The most spoken languages in Uganda is Luganda, English, and Swahili.



  • The official currency of Uganda is the Ugandan shilling.


Office Hours

  • Uganda adheres to the International Labour Organisation, and thereby allow their employees to work for a maximum of 48 hours per week.



  • Uganda enjoys their weekends on Saturdays and Sundays.


Time Zone

  • UTC+3. East African Time.


Calling Code

  • +256



  • Although it is not mandatory to tip, you most certainly should tip. It is advisable to tip between 5000 and 10 000 Ugandan shilling, which is less than $5- $10.



  • Uganda houses a vast number of embassies, Diplomatic Missions, High Commissions, and Consulates.



  • The Presidential Republic is the ruling government of Uganda.



  • Uganda’s climate is pleasantly warm. Uganda lies across the Equator and most of the country is occupied by a plateau, therefore, there is not much range in its temperature and it is fairly warm throughout the year. Warmer periods of the year typically last from December to March, while the cooler period of the year lasts from June to September.



  • Uganda has an extensive network of paved and unpaved roads. Uganda has 47 airports, of which only 5 has paved roads. These 5 include Entebbe Airport, Gulu Airport, Soroti Airport, Nakasongola Airport and Jinja Airport.



  • The economy of Uganda has extraordinary potential and seems to be praised for its rapid growth and development. Uganda’s economy is sustained by its abundance of natural resources, mineral deposits, and fertile land.



  • It is customary to shake the hand of the person you are meeting in Uganda. To show deference, you may also lightly grip the person’s forearm with the opposite hand. Ugnada’s are not comfortable with displaying emotions publicly, so even if you are coupled up avoid hugging or any sort of public display of affection.



  • Ugandans consider greetings and good manners to be the epitome of politeness, and use rather grand gestures when greetings one another. Most locals use the Swahili greeting “Jambo” or Luganda “Oli otya” and deliver it with an enthusiastic smile and a nod of the head.



  • The Ugandan shilling (UGS) replaced the East African shilling as the country’s official currency in 1966. The Ugandan shilling is typically fairly stable and is the currency with which most financial transactions in Uganda occurs. The United States dollar is also widely accepted. The Sterling, and increasingly the Euro, are also used.



  • Ugandans drive on the left-hand side of the road. Main roads in and around the cities of Uganda are typically in a decent condition. However, in and around the main cities is also where most of the traffic occurs. Drivers are also advised to be vigilant of potholes, roundabouts, and drunk drivers.



  • Unfortunately, Uganda is not the safest country in Africa due to elements of crime and terrorism. However, the country is moderately safe for tourists, and foreigners are advised to be protect their valuables and be aware of their surroundings. The main cities Uganda such as Kampala and Entebbe may experience violent crimes of armed robbery and home invasion.



  • Uganda is home to a diverse range of ethnic groups. Lake Kyoga forms the northern boundary for the Bantu-speaking people, who dominate much of Eastern, Central, and Southern Africa. The Baganda are the largest single ethnic group in Uganda, while other tribes include the Lango, Acholi, Iteso, Karamojong, and the Gishu tribe. Each of these ethnic identities dominate a different region in the country.



  • While Uganda has one of the strongest economies in sub-Saharan Africa, and has been steadily developing, it still might not be as developed as some Western countries. However, the country does have numerous urban malls and shopping centres, that sport both local and international brands and stores. Running errands or shopping for fun will therefore pose no trouble, especially in the regions closer to the main cities.


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Written by Saudika Hendricks

Edited by Eloise Williams

In Africa, there is an alarming third wave as the vaccine rollout is hampered. In recent light of the vaccine rollout in all parts of the world, third world countries vaccine rollout seems to be stagnant, experts fearing that it may take decades to vaccinate their respective countries.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) regional office has reported that the third wave of Covid-19 cases is spreading faster in Africa. On Thursday, 17 June 2021, WHO regional director for Africa, Dr Matshidiso Moeti warned, “With a rapid increase in the number of cases and increasing reports of severe disease, the latest wave threatens to be the worst to date in Africa,”

According to the regional office, for five consecutive weeks, Africa has seen an increase in Covid-19 cases, signaling the beginning of the third wave in Africa. “As of 20 June—day 48 into the new wave—Africa had recorded around 474 000 new cases—a 21% increase compared with the first 48 days of the second wave.” As reported by WHO, the pandemic is resurging in 12 African countries and at the current rate of infections, the ongoing surge is set to surpass the previous one by early July.

18 African countries have already used over 80% of their COVAX vaccine supplies, 29 have administered over 50% of their suppliers, and eight have exhausted their vaccine supply. It is important to be aware that just over 1% of Africa’s population has been fully vaccinated. Globally, 2.7 billion doses have been administered, with just under 1.5% having been administered in Africa.

Dr Moeti is urging the international community to help Africa deal with the Covid-19 vaccine supply as the surge threatens to impair not only Africa’s economy but society.



Facebook has launched a campaign in partnership with the World Health Organisation (WHO) to combat misinformation and fake news regarding Covid-19 and vaccine updates in Africa. This campaign aims to remove false vaccine claims, decrease the circulation of inaccurate health information and inform people about effective vaccine delivery.

The campaign called, ‘Together Against Covid-19 Misinformation’ is set to be launched across Zimbabwe, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Senegal, South Africa, Nigeria, Democratic Republic of Congo and Côte d’Ivoire. The default language on this campaign will be French and English.

Public Policy Manager, Aïda Ndiaye stated that ensuring Facebook users receive authoritative information about the Covid-19 vaccine with the help of industry experts and Facebook users are important to tackle misinformation. She further comments on the campaign gives users “additional resources to scrutinize content they see online, helping them decide what to read trust and share.”

This campaign will show up on Facebook through a series of graphics with tips on how to identify false news/ misinformation:

  1. Check The Source: Scrutinise content, even if it appears science-based
  2. Check How It Makes You Feel: False news can manipulate feelings for clicks 
  3. Check The Context: Look to public health authorities to confirm content 

A dedicated website will be launched as part of the website as part of the campaign. This website includes information on how Facebook is combating misinformation, transparency on their ‘Remove, Reduce and Inform strategy.’, their outlined community standards and steps they are taking to tackle false news around global events.




Lynn Mackenzie, our Immigration Lead, recently had the privilege of interviewing Tinah Namatovu, from Expat Assist, about Uganda’s immigration landscape.

To listen to Lynn and Tinah’s conversation about immigration in the current context, click here to view the recording, or view it below.

Tinah’s bio

Tinah Namatovu is the Operations Director at Expat Assisst. She has a Bachelor of Administration, and many years of experience in the immigration industry.

We would like to say a huge thank you to Tinah for her insights. We hope you enjoy the recording.

For information as to how Relocation Africa can help you with your Mobility, Immigration, Research, Remuneration, and Expat Tax needs, email info@relocationafrica.com, or call us on +27 21 763 4240.

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