Friday, June 21, 2024

Uganda vacationer visas – apply on-line earlier than you fly [UPDATED] – Diary of a Muzungu


All Ugandan vacationer visas and work permits at the moment are on-line. January 2023: apply BEFORE you journey. I get numerous questions on visa on arrival at Entebbe Airport however now we have heard a number of cases of airways refusing to board passengers who don’t have their visa approval letter. Visa on arrival is not accessible.

DISCLAIMER: I replace this web page often primarily based on my private journey experiences, suggestions from expats, tourism business colleagues, guests to Uganda and recommendation from an immigration lawyer. Scroll down for extra info and do learn all of the feedback for the most recent suggestions on the Uganda visa software course of.

Since 2020, each traveller has to contemplate COVID-19 protocols. For what to anticipate when passing by way of Uganda’s worldwide airport, learn Newest journey information from Entebbe Worldwide Airport (up to date often).

The Ugandan authorities has set a web based digital visa software system. That is (in idea) obligatory for making use of for all Ugandan visas, together with: entry allow (work allow), Uganda vacationer visa, a number of entry visa, transit visa, East Africa vacationer visa, pupil cross, diplomatic visa, official visa, particular cross, Certificates of Residence, dependent’s cross.

Uganda e-immigration system

Which nationals have to pay for a visa to enter Uganda?

Click on right here to see the “Checklist of visa exempt nationalities. In case your nationality is on the listing, you don’t want to use for a visa to enter in Uganda.

Requests for vacationer visas, passes and work permits (E-Visa and E-permits) ought to now be accomplished through this hyperlink on the official Uganda immigration web site.

Beneath the brand new software course of, candidates for all immigration providers reminiscent of visas, work permits and passes shall be required to use and pay on-line, and an digital notification / authorisation shall be despatched to the applicant earlier than continuing to the popular Entry Level e.g. Entebbe Worldwide Airport or the closest Uganda Mission overseas for the visa to be issued.

In case you are travelling to Uganda and making use of for a Ugandan visa on-line, you’re suggested to:

Apply not less than ONE MONTH previous to journey. (Nonetheless, some functions are permitted in hours, others days, some under no circumstances… should you apply too early, your visa approval could even get cancelled and there’s no assure you’ll get your a refund).

Be ready. You should full the web software in a single sitting. The net software doesn’t help you save your info and return to the display screen later. Have these prepared: a replica of your bio web page of your passport, a latest passport picture, Yellow Fever vaccination certificates and COVID-19 vaccination certificates (or damaging PCR check outcomes should you’re not vaccinated). You have to to add these. For more information on the precise paperwork wanted, in line with sort of visa you require, go to the Uganda immigration site basic info web page.

By the best way, the picture is US passport picture measurement (not Canadian, one Diary of a Muzungu reader tells me, which is a bigger measurement).

Screenshot showing documents needed to apply for Uganda tourist visa online
Screenshot exhibiting paperwork wanted to use for Uganda vacationer visa on-line. January 2023

In case you’re making use of for a single entry tourits visa, you’ll have to add:

  • Passport bio-data web page (with validity of not less than 6 months)
  • Current Passport-size Photograph
  • Yellow Fever Vaccination Certificates
  • Return Ticket

Solely PDF, JPEG, PNG and BMP recordsdata are accepted. The recordsdata you add shouldn’t be larger than 250kb (that’s fairly small!) so resize all of your docs earlier than you begin the applying course of.

The choice taken on the web software (“sure” or “no” on whether or not you’re coming to Uganda) shall be despatched through e mail. Assuming you get the go-ahead, your visa approval letter shall be despatched as an e mail attachment. You’re suggested to print this journey authorisation (exhibiting a barcode) and maintain this together with your journey paperwork (though it isn’t obligatory apparently). Nonetheless, Ugandans do love printed papers so print every part you may, simply to keep away from unexpected delays.

The Uganda immigration site particulars the charges for making use of for Ugandan visas on-line.

You possibly can pay on-line in your Uganda vacationer visa. Solely Mastercard and Visa are accepted on-line and there’s a 3% surcharge for on-line cost. At present, the only entry Uganda vacationer visa price is $55: $50 for the visa and $5 admin price. For the vacationer visa, work allow and cross charges, see Uganda Immigration’s charges for making use of for Ugandan visas on-line or the web site of Africa Immigration Advisory Providers, Kampala an organization I like to recommend.

Once you full the visa software course of, it is vitally necessary that you just make an observation of your software quantity! You could want this in case you need to observe up. In any other case, click on right here to retrieve your Uganda visa software ID however some folks say this hasn’t all the time labored

Current the printed barcode at level of entry [read “Entebbe Airport”] along with a sound passport / journey doc of “not lower than 6 months validity” and you’ll get your vacationer visa.

NOTE: “the journey authorization [approval] letter doesn’t assure entry into Uganda. Vacationers shall be subjected to secondary verification the place essential earlier than personalization,” which means it isn’t 100% assure you may be issued a visa on the airport / border / Uganda mission (however you most likely will, except you’ve been very naughty certainly).

For solutions to Regularly Requested Questions, go to the Uganda immigration Assist web page.

As you’ll see from the feedback beneath, numerous visa functions get caught on the “pending” stage. That is usually as a result of the applicant has forgotten to ship in one of many paperwork, or immigration are requesting extra info (however continuously aren’t clear what that’s!) There have been numerous complaints about emails not being answered however Uganda immigration do reply pretty shortly through their Fb web page.

Uganda immigration phone number December 2022
Uganda immigration cellphone quantity December 2022

The Directorate for Citizenship and Immigration’s name centre is open from 7am to 7pm Uganda time (with plans for it to be operated 24 hours at some stage). Name +256 417 102600 or toll-free 0800 199004 / 0800 199003 in Uganda.

Uganda immigration Facebook page
The quickest method to contact Uganda Immigration is through their Fb web page
Uganda immigration Facebook page
Uganda Immigration often reply inside 24 hours on their Fb web page. They don’t appear to answer to emails

Uganda has 22 official ‘factors of entry’ border posts. They embody Entebbe Worldwide Airport, Katuna (or Gatuna), Malaba, Busia, Cyanika, Mirama Hills and Elegu. Entebbe Worldwide Airport has nearly all of vacationer arrivals, adopted by Katuna (Rwanda) and Busia (Kenya border).

Any suggestions or questions on making use of for Ugandan visas on-line? Do please contact the muzungu or share within the feedback beneath. I overview this web page regularly. Because of everybody who has shared their visa software experiences!

I even have a put up about the East Africa Vacationer Visa and a put up on Rwanda’s announcement that each one vacationers can get visa on arrival.

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