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Reviewed: 15 October 2013, 13:50 NZDT
Still current at: 07 December 2013
There is extreme risk to your security in north-eastern Uganda, including the Karamoja region, and areas bordering South Sudan due to the threat of banditry and other violent crime. We advise against all travel to these areas.
There is high risk to your security in areas bordering 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 these areas.
There is some risk to your security elsewhere in Uganda due to the threat from terrorism, crime and civil unrest and we advise caution.
There is a threat from terrorism in Uganda. The Somalia based terrorist group Al-Shabaab has threatened to carry out attacks in Uganda in response to the deployment of Ugandan military forces to Somalia as part of an African Union peacekeeping force.
New Zealanders in Uganda are advised to be security conscious at all times and follow any instructions and restrictions issued by the local authorities. Particular care should be taken in crowded and public areas known to be frequented by expatriates and foreigners.
Armed robberies and car-jackings occur throughout the country. Walking alone or travelling after dark is not recommended and no resistance should be given if you are the victim of an armed robbery or carjacking, as this could 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.
Demonstrations occur from time to time in Kampala and elsewhere in Uganda, and sometimes lead to violence. We recommend avoiding all demonstrations, protests and political rallies due to the potential for violence.
General Travel Advice
As there is no New Zealand diplomatic presence in Uganda, the ability of the government to provide consular assistance to New Zealand citizens is severely limited.
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.