School tours/Visits to the Airport
Uganda Civil Aviation Authority warmly welcomes visitors to Entebbe International Airport (EIA). Several study/educational school tours are conducted every year. The tours are part of UCAA’s career development for the school-going and also meant to demystify the aviation industry to the general public. If you plan to tour the Airport, you may contact the UCAA Customer care desk on Tel: +256 312/414 353000 ext, 2210,3057, 3286 or email:
All institutions that plan to tour EIA are advised to make a booking two weeks prior to the planned visit. Incase of any challenge, please contact the supervisor on mob: +256 772 429085.
All institutions that seek to access EIA for tour shall be required to pay a fee to UCAA as follows:-
- Shs 5,000/= per child
- Shs 10,000/= per adult
- USD Dollars 20 per person for international tourists interested in visiting the old airport tower (historic site for the 1976 raid on Entebbe)
- Forms of airport tour include.
- Busing of tourists through aircraft parking areas. This is done by UCAA at no additional cost.
- Study tours with specialized areas of interest that require boardroom lecture / presentations. This facilitated by UCAA staff.
- Field work studies in meteorology at the control tower at an additional cost of 3000/= per person
Flight Information Display boards and Customer Care desks are conveniently located in the passenger terminal building. Information can be obtained from boards and screens. For detailed information please contact airline offices, passenger handling companies or the information desk on Tel. +256 312/414 353000 ext 3323, 2210, 3057, 3286
Check-in Area and Airlines
The check-in area is located on the departures floor. Airline regulations require passengers to check in by certain times prior to the departure of a flight. Check-in desks open three (3) hours prior to flight departure and close promptly 45 minutes before flight departure. The check in process enables passengers to confirm their respective flight, obtain a boarding pass, possibly select their seat (if it hasn’t happened already by the airline) and check in luggage onto a plane if desired. The items needed for check-in counter check in are passport, paper ticket or confirmation number of an online ticket.
Some Airlines at the Airport have provided for online check-in before arriving at the Airport to speed up the Check-in process. Passengers can check in online starting 24 hours (usually) before departure. Passengers will need to submit luggage to the Staffed Check in Counter if they require to check in their luggage.
Scheduled air operators at Entebbe include African Express Airways, Brussels Airlines, East African Safari Air Express Limited, Egypt Air, Emirates, Ethiopian Airlines, Kenya Airways, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, Precision Air Services, Qatar Airways, RwandAir, South African Airways and Turkish Airlines.
The non-scheduled operators are Aim Air, Air Serv, Asante Aviation, Aero Link, Balloon Tours, DHL Aviation (K) Ltd, Grand Air Services Ltd, Kampala Aero Club and Flight Training Centre (KAFTC), Jobihani Investments Ltd, Kampala Executive Aviation, Mission Aviation Fellowship, Premier Safaris, SKA Air & Logistics (U) Ltd, Samaritan’s Purse, Transafrik, Uganda Air Cargo and Vine Air Ltd. Some of these have offices at the airport.
Passenger Airport Service Charge
The airport service charge is included in the cost of the ticket and is collected by the airline.
There is no Customs desk on departure at Entebbe International Airport. Departing passengers are required to present a valid passport or other travel document and completed departure embarkation card to the immigration officer. The officer will ascertain that the traveler obtained the relevant Visa .The travel document is duly stamped and returned to the passenger.
Passengers then proceed to the departure-transit concourse for duty-free shopping and refreshments. After the final security formalities, passengers get into the holding-area where one can ascertain their belongings, tickets, passports, traveler checks etc. At all the stages, Airport staff are on hand to provide needed information or desired service.
Passenger’s name and destination address ought to be indicated on the luggage label. Suitcases and bags should be locked. For secured and protected baggage, a Quick-Wrap-Fly service is available at the check-in area for a fee of 8 US Dollars or 30,000 per wrapping.
Baggage facilities/lost-found and left luggage
Misconnected and lost baggage are reported to the Ground-Handling Company office at the Arrival hall, or the airline on which the passenger arrived. For items lost while at the Airport, report is made to the Aviation Security Office located on the Departures floor. Baggage Tracing office is located at the Arrivals baggage claim area, ground floor and the office operates on 24 hour basis. Passenger self-help-baggage trolleys are found in the forecourt of departure level, and baggage reclaim area on arrival.
Passenger handling staff assist the elderly and disabled. There is a Baggage Information display board at each baggage claim belt. The belt on which your arrival flight number is indicated will deliver your baggage. Contact the baggage tracing office if you cannot find your baggage.
Airline Lounge/Travel Clubs
There is a privately managed departure lounge, the Karibuni Lounge. Karibuni is a Swahili word for “welcome”. It renders world-class service in a natural setting, complete with water fountains and beautiful flora. A TV screen and the Internet service add value to the open blue-sky aesthetics, comfort and more. Invitation to the lounges is made by the airline of your choice, depending on the class of travel or your Commercial relation with it. Passengers traveling by economy can use the facility at US$35 for three hours (inclusive of drinks and snacks).
The VIP lounge is a Government facility. Government officials and the diplomatic community are entitled to VIP lounge services. Prior application and clearance must be obtained from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for special cases.
Baby Changing Facilities
Baby Changing facilities are available in the washrooms along the departure transit concourse and Karibuni lounge.
Facilities for passengers with special needs
Lifts, ramps, wheelchairs, covered walkways and special walkways are available. Passenger handling staff assist the elderly and the disabled. They also attend to special needs passengers.
A meeting point is located just outside the arrival hall on the ground floor. Facilities including Customer care desks, restaurants etc. are in close proximity and at the service of the waiting or arriving parties.