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Visa and Immigration Information

You will require a Uganda visa if you are not a citizen of Uganda as a pre-requisite before entering the country. A visa is a clearance permitting you to proceed to visit another country.

Unlike USA and many European Visas where you must apply in advance at the nearest Embassy to acquire the visa, the Uganda Visa is best acquired at the immigration office at your point of entry upon arrival. However, you can also buy your entry permit in advance from any Ugandan Embassy or High commission nearest to you.

Acquiring the visa upon arrival at Entebbe Airport or any other overland boarder is cheaper and the process straight forward, moreover the chances of Visa denial are almost zero if you can meet the simple entry requirements.

Uganda uses a visa policy of reciprocity, meaning that if your country requires a visa for Ugandan citizens to enter, then you will also require a visa to enter Uganda.




Uganda Visa Requirements

  • Passports : You need a valid passport, one that is expiring at least 6 months from the date you enter Uganda
  • Sufficient Funds: No amount is currently specified by the immigration but having a Credit Card and a return ticket are good evidence to convince the immigration officer that you have enough money with you.
  • Return / Onward Tickets: This is your evidence to prove that you have enough money on you, however, if you posses a one-way ticket, be ready to do some explaining to the immigration officer who might think you do not have enough funds to buy a flight out the country.

You will therefore need to present a visitor’s pass for your next destination outside Uganda to avoid messing up your trip. You may actually have to buy a return ticket to your country before being allowed entry into Uganda, therefore, if you plan to leave the country overland, then organize your trip with an airline where a refund can be given for the unused ticket and at such dates and in search countries where you will be able to access the refund.

  • International Health Certificate: You may sometimes be requested to present this document to show that have received a yellow fever vaccine shot.

Visa Fees


  • Single entry visa US$ 50
  • Multiple entry visa (6-12 months) US$ 100
  • Multiple visa (24 months) US$ 150
  • Multiple visa (36 months) US$ 200
  • Student entry visa US$ 100

Uganda Visa Exemption

Find out whether you qualify to be exempted from the Uganda visa requirements.

If you’re a citizen of a COMESA (Common Market for East and Central Africa) country, then you’re exempted, you will also be exempted if your country appears in the Others list below.

The list of COMESA Countries

  1. Angola
  2. Comoros
  3. Eritrea
  4. Kenya
  5. Malawi
  6. Mauritius
  7. Madagascar
  8. Rwanda
  9. Seychelles
  10. Swaziland
  11. Tanzania
  12. Zambia
  13. Zimbabwe

Other Exempted Countries

  1. Antigua
  2. Bahamas
  3. Barbados
  4. Belize
  5. Fiji
  6. Gambia
  7. Grenada
  8. Jamaica
  9. Lesotho
  10. Malta
  11. Sierra Leone
  12. Singapore
  13. Solomon Islands
  14. st. Vincent
  15. Tonga
  16. Vanuatu
  17. Italy (only Diplomatic Passports)
  18. Cyprus