Uganda Tourist Visa. Requirements for tourists visiting Uganda

Uganda is a beautiful country with diverse natural and cultural attractions, such as the source of the Nile, the mountain gorillas, the national parks, the vibrant nightlife and the friendly people.

If you are planning to visit Uganda, the Pearl of Africa, for tourism you will need to a tourist visa.

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.

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Types of Uganda Visas

Uganda has 3 types of visas that you can apply for, and they each have a different price.

1. Single Entry Visa

This visa is granted to travelers coming to Uganda once and is valid for 3 months. Once you have arrived in the country and cleared immigration, the visa cannot be used again.

This visa costs 50 USD

2. Multiple Entry Visa

This is granted to travelers who travel to Uganda frequently. This can be granted for 6 months, 12 months or 24 months and allows the holder multiple entry for the duration.

This visa costs as follows;

  • 6 to 12 months: USD 100
  • 24 months: USD 200

3. 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 however, the issuing country should be your first entry point.

The visa is valid for 90 days and is not renewable upon expiry or upon exit from the block (Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda).

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.

The East African Tourist Visa costs 100 USD

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

Summary of 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

Uganda Visa Requirements

Before applying for your Uganda 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
  • A travel itinerary or booking
  • A hotel booking or reservation (if any other accommodation, provide an address)
  • Visa fees (a receipt of payment). You can use a bank card directly online.

Uganda Visa Application Process

All people intending to travel to Uganda are required to apply and obtain a visa online from the Immigration Portal.

You will simply fill out the form, upload the required documents for verification, make payments for the visa fee and then wait a day or two for your visa approval letter.

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Upon approval, an approval letter will be generated and emailed to you. You should print it out and present it at the immigration office or border point when you arrive in Uganda.

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


Frequently Asked Questions

How long does it take to get a tourist visa to Uganda?

Uganda tourist visas are approved within 2 to 3 working days, except in special circumstances where more documents and/or verification may be required.

It therefore recommended to apply at least 5 working days before your intended date of travel.

You are also advised to only submit your application in a period that falls within 3 months of your departure from Uganda. The validity of an approved E-Visa is three months starting from the issue date.

How can I check my Uganda visa application status?

Any change in the status of your application will be sent to the email specified during the application process. 

You can also the Uganda Electronic Visa/Permit website and click on “Manage your application” under “Applications” from the global navigation menu. You will be able to see any changes in the status of your application there. 

What happens if I overstay my visa in Uganda?

If you overstay your visa in Uganda, you may be fined approximately $30 per day by Ugandan immigration. You may also be detained until the fine is paid. If you are likely to overstay, you should allow some extra days so that you don’t have to be in a rush.

It is quite easy to get a visa extension in cases where you are already in Uganda and you need to extend your stay.

How do I extend my Uganda tourist visa or permit?

You can extend your Uganda tourist visa or permit by applying for a visa extension before your visa expires.

This application done using the Uganda Electronic Visa website. Here, you will provide the application ID of the visa to extend, the passport number used for the visa to extend and the date of birth.

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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