Uganda Travel Information

Brief facts about Uganda
Official name: The Republic of Uganda
Capital city: Kampala
Area: Approximately 236,580 square kilometers
Population: About 33,000,000
Religious Affiliations
Roman Catholics: 41 Percent
Anglican: 40 percent
Muslim: 5 Percent
Indigenous beliefs: 4 percent
Others: 10 percent

DETAILS

Entry Requirements to Uganda.

  • Uganda visas may be obtained at Uganda missions abroad or on arrival at the country’s exit /entry stations.
  • Entry should be made only through the country’s gazetted points of entry/exit.
  • Every visitor will be required to carry a passport with validity beyond one year
  • All arriving visitors will be required to fill in arrival declaration cards on arrival. The cards are available at the arrival lounge.
  • No arriving visitor should carry or convey substances or goods prohibited by customs. (Contact Uganda Revenue Authority website: www.ura.go.ug for details on prohibited substances under the “Customs Tax Guides” tab).
  • Visitors should not overstay their visa validity otherwise they will be subjected to a fine of $ 30 per day and other appropriate legal action.
  • Where visitors seek to stay longer than the period granted on arrival, extension of the period should be sought from the Immigration Headquarters in Kampala before expiry of the initial visitor’s pass.
  • All visitors must comply with immigration legislation and other national laws of the country during their stay in Uganda.

Any person intending to enter into Uganda should do so only for lawful purposes and in accordance with national immigration laws, guidelines and formalities.
Foreign nationals intending to enter Uganda for purposes of employment should comply with requirements for expatriate employment in Uganda.

  1.     All visa prone nationalities must obtain Uganda visas to facilitate their entry into the country.
  2.     Uganda visas may be obtained at Uganda missions abroad or on arrival at the ports of entry in the country.
  3.     All travelers to the Republic of Uganda MUST have a valid Yellow Fever Immunization card.

VISA & CORRESPONDING FEES


CATEGORY/DESCRIPTION OF VISA

COST

Single entry

US$ 50 per individual

Multiple entry visa 6-12 months

US$ 100

Multiple entry visa 24 months

US$ 150

Multiple entry visa 36 months

US$ 200

Students (Entry Visa for students who are not nationals of East African Cooperation.)

US$ 100

East African Tourist Visa (Three months Multiple Entry for Kenya, Rwanda and Uganda)

US$ 100

Residents of Kenya, Rwanda and Uganda travelling to any of the three countries can now enter the alternative Partner State. without paying for visas.

Fee Nil

Note: visas do not permit gainful or voluntary employment in Uganda

  1.     Entry into or exit from Uganda should be made only through gazetted ports of entry/exit
  2.     List of visa exempt nationalities i.e. nationals of countries that do not pay for Uganda visas

COMESA

EAST AFRICA

OTHERS

Angola
Eritrea
Malawi
Madagascar
Seychelles
Swaziland
Zambia
Comoros
Kenya
Mauritius
Zimbabwe
Botswana

 

 

Tanzania
Rwanda
Kenya
Burundi

 

 

 

Antigua
Barbados
Fiji
Grenada
Lesotho
Sierra Leone
Solomon Islands, The Grenadines
Vanuatu
Ghana
Cyprus
Bahamas
Belize
Gambia
Jamaica
Malta
Singapore
St. Vincent-Tonga
Ireland
Libya


Airlines that fly to Uganda.
Air Tanzania.
Air Uganda.
British Airways.
Brussels Air.
Egypt Air.
Fly Emirates.
Ethiopian Airways.
Gulf Air.
Kenya Airways.
Rwandair.
South African Airways.
Turkish Airlines.
Communication.
All the hotels (and many Safari lodges now) have Internet connection. Communication is handled by telecommunication companies; namely: -Uganda Telecom (UTL), Vodafone, MTN Uganda,Airtel and Africell.
You can even use Public Telephones (Although they are scarce).
Weather.
Uganda Enjoys tropical Climate and it is generally warm throughout the year. There are two known rainy seasons; one is from Mid February to May and another one is from Mid August to Mid December.However, because of the changes in climatic patterns, these days brought by the reasons well known to you, Rain can fall anytime and drought can occur anytime of the calendar year.
Average Temperatures are 27ºC with the highest being 31ºC in Kramoja and Kasese regions and lowest being 15ºC in Kabale.Kampala Temperatures range from from 21ºC t 28ºC.This Temperature estimate runs throughout the year.
Currency.
The Uganda Shilling is the Ugandan Currency and cannot be purchased anywhere outside the country. However, there are no restrictions on money transfers in and out of the country.
You can exchange your money in forex bureaus. Together with banks, these are the only licensed forex dealers.
NOTE: All US Dollars must have been printed past 2003 and should not be damaged in anyway. Higher exchange rates are given on larger value notes.
Safety and Security (Of Foreigners).
Uganda is a very stable and safe place and it’s one of the safest places in the world! But it doesn’t stop thieves from existing or its neighbors to have their own security problems (which problems sometimes somehow spill over into Uganda),so please don’t overexpose your valuables like electronics,money,jewellery etc and stay away from the Sudan and Democratic republic of Congo borders(Kidepo Valley National Park is an exception here).
Driving.
Driving in Uganda is on the left. And all drivers are advised to carry a photocopy of a valid driving permit for 24 hours. Motor 3rd party insurance is compulsory. Speed limit in highly populate areas like towns is 50 kph and in open highways, its 100 kph, driving under the influence of Alcohol is a very serious offence!
Health Issues.
A certificate of yellow fever vaccination is compulsory.
Please drink bottled water rather than tap water.
Hepatitis A and B, meningitis, polio, tetanus, typhoid, rabies (if you expect to be in close contact with the animals) vaccinations are also recommended.

NOTE: Some of these require a course of injections and they take a certain period to take effect, so you can visit your doctor several days before you travel.

Language.
English and Kiswahili are the official languages. However, other many traditional / local languages do exist.




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