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Visa's Uganda



Reported on 6th December 1999 the Ministry of Foreign Affairs published a Visa update to inform the General Public that tourists and other visitors to the Republic of Uganda from other countries where there is no diplomatic representation with Uganda they can obtain entry visa's from their point of entry into the country i.e. Entebbe International Airport and all other Border Entry points.

Visa Requirements: (Effective June, 2007)

A single entry visa US$50-
Multiple entry 6 months US$200-
Transit visa (good for 1 week) US$50-

For cross reference click on this link to visit the Ministry of Foreign Affairs website visa page.

Please Note: American Nationals, British, and just about all Commonwealth nationals and European nationals that make up the vast majority of visitors to Uganda do need a visa to travel to Uganda.

Countries exempted from visa requirements to Uganda.

COMESA countries: Angola, Burundi, Comoros, Eritrea, Kenya, Malawi, Mauritius, Madagascar, Rwanda, Seychelles, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe.
Others: Antigua, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Fiji, Gambia, Grenada, Jamaica, Lesotho, Malta, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Solomon Islands, St.Vincent & The Grenadines, Tonga, Vanuatu, Italy (Only Diplomatic Passports), Cyprus.

All travelers to Uganda are required to strictly comply with the following requirements.

1. You must be in possession of a valid passport issued and recognized by your government.

2. You must have:
a) An International Inoculation Certificate against Yellow Fever (although a strict requirement being requested to present it for inspection at any entry point into the country would be rare).

Visa information for Regional Countries

To clarify the situation on visitors arriving in Uganda and returning to Kenya. Providing you do not travel into Rwanda or the DRC or have a stamp to show you left Uganda to either of these countries you will be permitted to return to Kenya without having to purchase another Kenyan visa. It was common practice when Gorilla tracking at Djomba in The DRC for the Ugandan immigration at Bunagana to allow you to cross without stamping your passport as having left Uganda. The Congolese only stamped passports of those that dearly wanted to have a Congolese stamp as a souvenir. This does not appear to be the case of those proceeding to Rwanda to track Gorilla's. You are officially stamped out of Uganda when crossing at Cyanika and will need to purchase a re-entry visa for Uganda and a further entry for Kenya when leaving Uganda. This is of course if you fall into the category of persons requiring a visa.

Nationals from Ugandan, the USA and Germany do not require visas to travel to Rwanda. British and South African citizens do require a visa for Rwanda however is issued free at the border. Other nationals must get their visa before proceeding to the border. Visas are usually issued on the same day when the application is made in Kampala. The Rwandese embassy visa section is open Monday to Friday 09.00am to 12.00 noon.

Residents of commonwealth countries do not require a visa for entry to Tanzania. This does not include unfortunately nationals of India, Nigeria, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the UK. Irish citizens do not require a visa for Tanzania. South Africans do however. All visas are good for travel to Zanzibar. Visas are issued for all nationalities that require one at any point of entry into the country.

Visas are available at any Ethiopian point of entry on arrival providing Ethiopia does not have a mission in the country you are arriving in. Tourist visas to enter Ethiopia can be obtained in Kampala at their embassy. A maximum of 1 month will be issued on any Tourist Visa. The cost of a visa is dependent on nationality. Most nationals from Western Europe will be required to pay Us$63-. South Africans are required to pay considerably less Us$27-. Visa's are issued in 2 working days. For those proceeding to Ethiopia overland and not planning to return to Nairobi, Kampala is an ideal location to get your Ethiopian visa.

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