Official advice for New Zealanders living and travelling overseas

  • Reviewed: 20 January 2017, 12:02 NZDT
  • Still current at: 25 September 2017

Extreme Risk

There is extreme risk to your security in the Karamoja region in north-eastern Uganda due to the threat of banditry, violent crime and armed clashes. We advise against all travel to this area.  

There is extreme risk to your security within 30 kilometres of the border with South Sudan due to the threat of banditry and other violent crime and we advise against all travel.

High Risk

There is high risk to your security within 50 kilometres of the border with the Democratic Republic of the Congo due to the threat of banditry and other violent crime. We advise against all tourist and other non-essential travel to this area.

Some Risk

There is some risk to your security elsewhere in Uganda due to the threat of terrorism, crime and the potential for civil unrest and we advise caution. 

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Terrorism
There is an ongoing threat from terrorism in Uganda. The Somalia-based terrorist group Al-Shabaab has carried out attacks in the past and continue to threaten attacks in Uganda due to its involvement in the military intervention in Somalia. Previous large-scale attacks have killed dozens of people in the capital Kampala. Authorities continue to issue alerts warning of possible threats and have implemented heightened security checks in public places.

New Zealanders in Uganda are advised to be security conscious at all times and follow any instructions or restrictions issued by the local authorities. Particular care should be taken in crowded and public areas known to be frequented by expatriates and foreigners.

Crime
Violent crime, such as armed robbery, banditry and carjacking occurs, particularly outside Kampala. Opportunistic and petty crime is common.

New Zealanders in Uganda are advised to avoid walking alone or travelling after dark. Theft from stationary vehicles is frequent. If travelling by car, it is advisable to keep doors locked and windows up at all times and hide valuables from view. For safety and security reasons, you should avoid using matatus (minibus taxis) and boda-bodas (motorbike taxis).

No resistance should be given if you are the victim of an armed robbery or carjacking, as this can lead to an escalation in violence.

New Zealanders visiting Uganda’s national parks are advised to use reputable, registered tour operators. Armed attacks and security incidents have occurred in national parks. As the security situation in the parks can change with little warning, we recommend contacting the Ugandan Wildlife Authority (UWA) for the latest information prior to embarking on your journey.

Civil Unrest
Demonstrations occur from time to time in Kampala and elsewhere in Uganda, and sometimes lead to violence, often with little or no warning. We recommend avoiding all demonstrations, protests and political rallies due to the potential for violence. In the past police have used tear gas, rubber bullets and live ammunition to disperse demonstrations.

Ethnic and tribal tensions remain in the Western region bordering Democratic Republic of the Congo and there have been violent attacks and clashes between armed groups and security forces in the Kasese District in the recent past. We recommend monitoring the media for the latest develoments and seeking local advice before travelling to remote areas.

General Travel Advice
New Zealanders travelling or living in Uganda should have a comprehensive travel insurance policy in place that includes provision for medical evacuation by air.

New Zealanders in Uganda are encouraged to register their details with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Travel tips


The New Zealand Embassy Addis Ababa, Ethiopia is accredited to Uganda

Street Address New Zealand Embassy, Apartment 381, Hilton Hotel, Menelik II Avenue, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia Postal Address P.O.Box 25656 code 1000 Telephone +251-11-515-1269 Fax +251-11-552-6115 Email aue@mfat.govt.nz Web Site https://www.mfat.govt.nz/ethiopia Hours Monday – Friday, 9am-12pm & 1pm-4pm Note In case of an emergency outside of office hours, please call the after-hours duty service on +251 935 021 436

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Accredited New Zealand Embassy Ethiopia

Street Address
New Zealand Embassy, Apartment 381, Hilton Hotel, Menelik II Avenue, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Telephone: +251-11-515-1269

Fax: +251-11-552-6115

Email: aue@mfat.govt.nz

Website: https://www.mfat.govt.nz/ethiopia

Hours: Monday – Friday, 9am-12pm & 1pm-4pm

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