Before embarking on Journey to Africa, it is important to know the various Visa requirements and in this case the information on how to obtain the Ugandan Visa as you plan your Uganda safari tour.
Uganda Visa Requirements
Travelers coming to Uganda are required to present a visa and a passport that is valid for 6 months after their date of entry.
Though, there are Nationals of some countries mainly African countries who are exempted from these visa requirements for travel to Uganda. A section of some these particular countries include Burundi, Angola, Comoros, Eritrea, Kenya, Malawi Mauritius, Madagascar, Rwanda, Seychelles, Swaziland, Zambia, Tanzania, and Zimbabwe, Antigua & Barbuda, The Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Gambia, Grenada, Sierra Leone, Jamaica, Lesotho, Fiji, Malta, Singapore Solomon Islands, St Vincent & The Grenadines, Tonga, Vanuatu, Italy (For only diplomatic passport holders) and Cyprus. But still all these are required however to have current passport issued by their respective countries.
Single and Multiple Entry Visa into Uganda
Visas for Uganda can permit a single or multiple entry. After entry into the country, one is allowed to stay for as long as two weeks to three months which usually depends on the details of one’s trip. In a situation where visitors seek to stay in the country longer than the period granted on arrival, extension of the period can be requested from the immigration Headquarters in Kampala City before expiration of the initial visitor’s pass.
Travelers to Uganda should not overstay their visa validity or else get subjected to a fine of up to U$30 per day and other legal action in that line.
When applying for a Uganda visa, the following Uganda Visa Requirements must be presented first: a valid passport, Passport Photos that Meet the Embassy of Uganda’s Requirements, proof of Yellow Fever Vaccine(Yellow fever card), a fully and properly completed Uganda Visa Application Form and Money Order of the correct visa fees (Single Entry = $50; Multiple entry = $100; East Africa Tourist Visa = $100), a copy of an invitation/introduction letter, if traveling for business, enclose a prepaid, self-addressed UPS, DHL, FEDEX, USPS Priority or Express return envelope.
How to obtain Ugandan Visa.
There are three main different ways through which one can obtain a Ugandan Visa;
– Filling and submitting an online application through the Uganda e-visa system, here you fill and submit to the Embassy the Visa Application Form.
– Uganda visas can also be obtained at Uganda missions abroad.
– Travelers and visitors who are unable to apply for their online e visa can still get it on arrival at the main ports of entry into the country. Though these are on a verge of being phased out and replaced with the electronic visas.
East Africa Tourist Visa
If you are traveling to the three East African countries of Uganda, Rwanda, and Kenya, you have an opportunity of entering all three countries on using a single East Africa Tourist visa obtained at any of the first port of entry of the three countries. Getting one visa instead of three separate visas for each country saves you time completing a lot of paper work involved, and it saves you financially on consular fees.
This special visa is only available for tourist travel and no work is permitted under this visa class. The East African Tourist visa permits three months multiple entries across three East African countries of Uganda, Rwanda, and Kenya.