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Visa to Uganda

Most travellers need a visa to enter Uganda. This page contains information on how to apply for an online tourist visa. 

How to apply for a visa to Uganda

Updated November 8, 2022

There is a number of countries that do not require a visa for Uganda. In this link, you find a list of the visa exempt countries: https://visas.immigration.go.ug/#/help

Previously we recommended buying a visa at the airport, but this is no longer an option. Visas must therefore be applied for in advance, on this website:https://visas.immigration.go.ug/

Applying for an e-visa is a fairly simple process. Select "ordinary tourist visa", and upload a photo of the passport, passport photo, photo of yellow fever certificate and a copy of the ticket. The images can be a maximum of 250 MB. It's quite small, so if you're having trouble uploading it's probably because the files are too big. Then you have to save them in a compressed size and you'll be fine!

When you have completed the application and paid (50 USD plus 1.5 USD in card fee) you will receive an e-mail that the application has been received. You will normally receive a response to your application within two to three days. You must print the letter you receive (as a PDF attachment) and take it with you when you travel. In the e-mail that comes with the letter, there is a long list of documents that you must bring with you. This is a bit misleading. Once you have applied for a tourist visa, you only need to take the return ticket with you and show it when you get to passport control at the airport in Entebbe. We recommend that you have a paper printout of the return ticket.

Note! If you are going to visit Kenya and/or Rwanda in the same travel, you can apply for an "East African Tourist Visa". This costs USD 100, and you can then travel to all three countries on the same visa. The process is similar to that for a regular tourist visa to Uganda (if Uganda is the first country you are going to. If you start in one of the other countries, you must research how to apply for a visa there).

 

It is important that your passport is valid for at least six months after returning home. If there is less time left until the passport expires, you may risk not being allowed into the country (even if you have received a letter with an approved visa).

When you get to passport control at the airport in Entebbe, you must show your passport, visa letter and return ticket. You may be asked how long you will be staying, and then you will get a visa sticker in your passport.

And that's it! It's a fairly simple process. There have occasionally been problems with the system, so it's always a good idea to apply a few weeks before departure. Then you have time to try again if something goes wrong. Having said that, the system has now been in use for several years, and it is rarer and rarer that we hear of people having problems.

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