Uganda Tourist Visa. Requirements & processes for tourists visiting Uganda

The Uganda tourist visa allows entry into Uganda for all visitors who are visiting Uganda to see gorillas, and wildlife, experience the rich culture, and more. Citizens of most countries will be required to get an entry visa that authorizes them to visit and stay in Uganda for a given period of time.

In this article, we’ll tell you all you need to know about getting your Uganda tourist visa such that planning for your safari is made easier.

Uganda Visa-free countries

While all other nationalities need a visa, citizens of the following countries can enter Uganda without needing a visa and stay for 90 days. If you come from any of the following countries, you simply show up with a valid passport that still has at least 6 months of validity.

Angola Antigua & Barbuda Bahamas
Barbados Belize Burundi
Comoros Cyprus Eritrea
Eswatini Fiji Gambia
Ghana Grenada Hong Kong
Ireland Jamaica Kenya
Lesotho Libya Madagascar
Malawi Malaysia Malta
Mauritius Rwanda Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Seychelles Sierra Leone Singapore
Solomon Islands Tanzania Tonga
Trinidad & Tobago Vanuatu Zambia

Uganda Visa Requirements

Before applying for your Uganda ordinary/tourist visa, you should have the following things ready and prepared. 

  • Passport with at least 6 months of validity
  • Yellow Fever Vaccination Certificate
  • Recent Passport-sized Photo
  • Return Ticket
  • Copy of your passport
  • Visa fees (a receipt of payment). You can use a bank card directly online.

Depending on your preferred method of applying, you will either need the digital or the physical photocopies of the above items.

Uganda Visa Application Process

The process of getting your visa for Uganda is extremely easy and straightforward, thanks to technology and the internet. There are 3 optional ways for you to apply and obtain your tourist or any other visa for Uganda.

  • You can go to a nearby Embassy in your country and fill out physical forms.
  • You can apply for the visa online at your convenience
  • You can obtain the visa on arrival at Entebbe International Airport or any other entry port.

1. Uganda visa from the Embassy

Uganda has good political ties with many countries and there are many embassies all around the world. While visa application online is quite easy, some people who can easily access the embassy can go there and fill out the physical visa application.

Since this process is not as convenient for everyone as the online or visa-on-arrival counterparts, we recommend it for people who live close to the embassies, and the scheduling and movement wouldn’t be tasking.

2. Uganda visa online

You can apply for Uganda’s tourist visa online, at any time from anywhere. The online application portal solves some of the huddles of visiting a physical embassy. 

The online application process is very straightforward and you can finish the whole application process in around 5 minutes. You will simply provide fill out the form and upload the required documents for verification then wait a day or two for your visa approval letter.

On arrival, you present your visa approval letter for the printed sticker that is pasted to your passport.

3. Uganda visa on arrival

The final option for getting a visa for Uganda is getting it on arrival. You simply have to be prepared with physical or digital copies of the above requirements and you will receive your visa is a very short while.

You can get your visa on arrival at any of the international land borders or Entebbe International Airport.

East African Tourist Visa

The East African Tourist Visa is a multiple-entry visa for Uganda, Rwanda, and Kenya. This visa allows you to move freely through any of the 3 countries with one visa. Any of the 3 countries can issue the visa, and it will be accepted at all entry ports.

This visa is perfect for people whose travel plans involve visiting any combination of the 3 countries for various attractions and experiences. We highly recommend the East African Tourist Visa for our combined safaris that visit 2 or 3 of the countries covered by the visa.

Related article: East African Tourist Visa. 1 visa for visiting 3 countries.

Uganda Visa fees

Uganda has 3 types of visas that you can apply for, and they each have a different price. The table shows the various visa types and their corresponding visa fees.

# Visa Type  Visa Fee
 1. Single Entry Visa  50 USD
 2.  Multiple Entry Visa  100 USD
 3.  East African Tourist Visa  100 USD

Final Thoughts

Getting your visa to Uganda is quite easy and enjoying your time in Uganda will be even easier. With warm sunny days, welcoming people, and incredible attractions we are always happy to share our motherland, the pearl of Africa.

If you have any questions about visiting Uganda, feel free to talk to us. And when you think you are ready to visit Uganda, we’ll help you plan and enjoy the perfect safari holiday.

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