Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada (DFATD) advises against all travel to areas within 50 km of Uganda's border with the DRC. DFATD also advises against all travel to the Karamoja region. See Security for more information.
UK Foreign travel advice
Local travel - northern and western Uganda
Take great care near the border with Democratic Republic of Congo andSouth Sudan. . There have been some clashes and there is a risk of banditry. If you travel outside the main towns (Lira, Gulu, Kitgum, Pader, Arua) you should do so with experienced local guides.
IN THE SO MENTIONED AREAS THERE ARE SEVERAL PROJECTS ROAD CONSTRUCTION, WATER-BALLS,PIPED WATER DISTRIDUTION CONTRACTED AND SUBCONTRACTED BY FOREIGNERS ESPECIALLY FROM JAPAN, GERMANY,CHINA AND OTHERS
Local travel - west Uganda
In the past there have been violent incidents involving Ugandan forces and Allied Democratic Forces rebels in and around the Rwenzori mountains. The situation is now under control but a recurrence is possible.
In July 2014, there were violent attacks by local armed men against police and army installations and some civilians in Bundibugyo, Kasese, and Ntoroko districts. Over 90 people were reported to have been killed. This area includes tourist destinations like the Rwenzori Mountains and national parks.
There have been no further reports of major incidents in this area since July 2014.
Local travel - south west Uganda
The parts of the Democratic Republic of Congo immediately neighbouring southwest Uganda have a history of instability and violent conflict can flare up with little notice. Some Congolese refugees have crossed the border into Kisoro district in Uganda. Take care when travelling in the area. Fighting and refugees have in the past spilled over the border into Mgahinga and Bwindi National Parks. If you are planning travel to Kisoro and Kanugu Districts, seek local advice before you set off.
Local travel - National Parks
Use reputable, registered tour operators and contact the Ugandan Wildlife Authority (UWA) for up to date advice and information before you travel. If you travel to Kidepo Valley National Park you should do so by air rather than road. Mgahinga Gorilla National Park and Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Parks are in the extreme south west of Uganda near the border with the Democratic Republic of Congo and Rwanda. It’s routine practice for security personnel to accompany tourists on gorilla-tracking visits in this area.
Some gorilla trekking operators cross into the Democratic Republic of Congo. You should avoid taking these tours.
· On 25 March 2015, the US Government warned of information on possible terrorist threats to locations where Westerners congregate in Kampala, and that an attack may take place soon.
· In September 2014, Ugandan authorities seizedexplosives and arrested suspected Al Shabaab terrorists planning attacks in Kampala.
· Ugandan authorities remain concerned at the possibility of terrorist attacks and have implemented heightened security arrangements in public places, including borders and at the international airport. You should be prepared for body, car and luggage checks when travelling in Kampala.
· Protests can occur in Kampala and other parts of Uganda. Some protests and demonstrations have resulted in deaths and serious injuries. You should exercise particular caution when travelling, including by avoiding large gatherings, political rallies, protests and demonstrations. You should monitor radio and other local media for updated advice.
· We advise you to reconsider your need to travel to within 50 kilometres of Uganda’s border with the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), including the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, the Mgahinga Gorilla Park, and the Murchison Falls National Park because of the risk of banditry and attacks by armed groups.
THE UGANDA PEOPLE DEFENSE FORCES AND POLICE HAVE PUT DOWN ALL ANY KIND OF INSECURITY WITHIN AND OUR NEIGHBORING COUNTRIES LIKE RWANDA, AND DRC IS ALSO BECOMING STABLE SINCE THE REBEL LEADER WAS CAPTURED.
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