Welcome to the complete guide for Visas in Uganda, all the information, visa requirements, tourist visa, exempted countries, classes and entry permits as well as immigration tips.
It is not hard for you to get a visa since Uganda is increasing becoming a popular tourist destination. The visa processing is simple so as to encourage many visitors to this pearl of Africa.
The most easier way of getting a visa to Uganda is by purchasing it at the entry point, Entebbe Airport or any border station. This is very possible for tourists.All you need to do is pay USD 50, fill in the application form with passport dates and information. The visa fee of USD 50 usually runs for 90 days.
You can also get a visa by applying online if you a citizen of the following countries, USA, UK, South Africa, Russia, Japan, Italy, India, Germany, France, Denmark, China, Canada, and Belgium. All you need to do is to download the application from the embassy website of your country of origin. you will need to attach 2 passport photos.
A single entry visa will cost you US$50
Multiple entry 6 months US$200
Transit visa (good for 1 week) US$50
Visa requirements are subject to change.
It is therefore advisable to take advice from the relevant embassies before traveling.
A Single journey entry to Uganda is given and on arrival, visitor pass is issued for purposes of having a holiday, travelling,or doing business in Uganda. Multiple entry visas can be granted for business purposes.
All tourists to Uganda are kindly requested to comply with the requirements below before they can get a visa to Uganda.
1. Every traveler must have a valid passport of nationality or origin issued by their Government.
2. Its safer to have the International Inoculation Certificate against yellow fever.
3. You may also be asked to show your return ticket. This is usually not asked.
Please note that individuals who are American or British citizens as well as almost all commonwealth nations and Europe do need a visa to get to Uganda.
If you a a national form the countries below, you do not need a visa.
African countries namely, Zambia, Tanzania, Swaziland, Seychelles, Rwanda, Madagascar, Mauritius, Malawi, Kenya, Eritrea, Comoros, Burundi and Angola.
Others include st. Vincent and the Grenadines Islands, Barbados, Bahamas, Antigua, Gambia, Jamaica, Lesotho, Malta, Singapore, Solomon Islands and Cyprus
Class A1: persons in Government services, UN organizations, OAU, COMESA, and other institutions approved by the Minister of Internal Affairs.
Class A :contracting companies of the above organizations
Class B-F: Investors in various disciplines.
Class G :Employees. Investors and employees are required by law to execute a security bond equivalent to the cost of a single economy class ticket to their country of origin.
No entry permit fee is charged for Class A! For all other classes, payments at published rates are made in foreign currency or its equivalent in local currency. Renewals are done at half the fee.
Uganda high commission in Canada
Student visa in Uganda.
Visa interview tips
Getting a visa is one of the most important parts of arranging a trip and without one; you may probably not enter the country you want to visit. At all costs, the process involves interviews with questions on a number of issues. It is either a miss or catch for visa interview.
Although you badly need the Visa to finalize travel plans, the interview is a must and often involves stress and anxiety. It may not be a hard part of your planning but you will for sure needs these tips before you get on your Visa interview;
Carefully read through your interview appointment letter more than once to get all the interview details at heart such as the date of interview, venue and particular time. Missing such important details may disorganize travel or business plans…something you do not want at the last moment.
Dressing is very important on Visa interviews just as it is for all interviews. Find appropriate formal clothes such as suits or smart casual outfits to suit the occasion. Remember to keep it simple and subtle for the panelist. Appropriate dressing gets you marks even before you are questioned!
Carry all required documents that may have been asked for in your appointment letter. It is best to make a checklist for the documents need and make several copies of them before you submit them when asked for. Remember that missing out any one of the required documents may lead to rejection!
Visa interviews are normally short since the panelists/ visa officers have plenty of interviews to conduct in a single day. Play this to your advantage and give brief, straight forward answers. Un necessary answer may induce Visa official to ask questions they should have left out. Contradictory statements and information often costs you with doubt and rejection of your application!
Keep your nerves and anxiety under control during the interviews. More often than usual, the officer stops to peruse through your documents so remember to be calm and confident all through the interview.
You may not remember every single detail from your Visa application form but if any question is asked concerning it, look confidently at the officer and give a precise answer! Some of the questions asked for Visa interviews have issues like marriage, family background and nature of employment. Prepare for such questions and more
Make sure you have a few personal belongings for the interviews! Keys and other metallic items are detected by the security officers at the embassies and may delay you through the process! Look smart with less baggage and minimize the time you spent at check points.
In a nut shell, the visa officials are just testing your integrity and consistence! You probably want this trip so bad that you can not afford to make a blander on Visa interviews. Even if your visa application is rejected, take heart and apply some again after some time!
Author: Sandra Nans