Getting a Visa for my visit to Uganda-Step by Step Advice
When – Where – How do I get my Uganda Tourist Visa? Here is the Official Way
When-Where-How do I get my Uganda Tourist Visa? Presently, there is only one way to obtain a Ugandan Tourist or Visitors Visa, which is online directly with Uganda Immigration Department, and no third-party website that will charge you exorbitantly outrageous handling fees, and often you have no visa for your visit to Uganda.
You can still find information about getting your Ugandan Visitors Visa on arrival at Entebbe. While that was the case a few years ago, it is no longer valid. Today you have to acquire your Visa from the Ugandan online.
On this page, you will find all the pertaining: When – Where – How do I get my Uganda Tourist Visa? Here we have you Step by Step Advice as how to successfully obtain your Ugandan Visa for you’re planned visit to or Safari in the Pearl of Africa – Uganda.
The Ugandan Department \immigration has and is working with the Uganda Tourist Board and the Association of Uganda Tour Operators to keep applying for a Tourist Visa simple and easy. While we as Uganda Tour Operators, prefer obtaining a visa on arrival, we fully understand the reasoning for online applications.
We provide our Clients coming on a Safari with support and assistance, including documentation as they apply for their Visitors Visa to Uganda. That includes their safari itinerary and time in Uganda from beginning to end.
This page was created to eliminate the confusion about getting your Ugandan Tourist Visa processed. We give you current information that you can use with our step-by-step instructions and advice. We strongly believe in the KISS principle – “Keep it simple – Stupid” that the US Navy Research Team came up with decades ago. Unfortunately, Bureaucrats do not always share out sentiments. Bureaucrats are not concerned about creating user-friendly processes. However, in the case of Visa Applications, they are trying.
When-Where-How do I get my Uganda Tourist Visa?
Citizens of the following countries do not require a Tourist or Visitors Visa:
The following Nationalities do not require a Visa to enter Uganda: Uganda is a partner in COMESA and the East African Union. Members of both have no visa restrictions for members of both COMESA and EAC. Other nations that require no Visa of Ugandans receive the same courtesy from Uganda.
COMESA – Countries: Angola, Eritrea, Malawi, Madagascar, Seychelles, Swaziland, Zambia, Comoros, Kenya, Mauritius, Zimbabwe.
EAC – East African Countries: Tanzania, Rwanda, Kenya, Burundi, South Sudan, and DR Congo
Other Countries: Antigua, Barbados, Fiji, Grenada, Lesotho, Sierra Leone, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Cyprus, Bahamas, Belize, Gambia, Jamaica, Malta, Singapore, St. Vincent, and the Grenadines.
If your country was not on the above list, you must apply for your Tourist Visa online.
When-Where-How do I get my Uganda Tourist Visa? Step by Step Advice
When do I apply for my Ugandan Tourist Visa?
You should not apply for your Ugandan Tourist Visa until you have organized your plans – the purpose of your visit, such as a safari you booked with a tour operator like us. When you apply for a visa you must have dates and your contact information in the country during your stay here. A Safari itinerary from a Bonafide Ugandan Tour Operator will give you just that.
You can book your flight to and from Uganda and hopefully find fares at prices that you are comfortable with. This simplifies the process of obtaining a visa for your time in Uganda.
Where do I apply for Ugandan Tourist Visa\?
The good news is that you can apply for your Ugandan Tourist Visa from the comfort of your Home in the country where you reside. You will need a computer, smartphone, or tablet to apply with the Department of Migration in Uganda. You do not have to travel to the Ugandan Embassy or Consulate in Uganda, but get directly in touch with the Immigration Depart in
How do I get my Ugandan Tourist Visa?
Follow the instructions below. The Cost for the Visa is $50 plus a small transaction fee.
An Explanation of how the Uganda Electronic Tourism Visa Application System Functions:
The Government of Uganda introduced an online visa/permit application system on 1st July 2016. The Uganda Electronic Visa/Permit Application System checks against law enforcement databases. All travelers seeking admission to Uganda must obtain a visa before being granted boarding. All persons intending to travel to Uganda for holiday, tourism, business, study, visit, and medical services must apply and obtain a visa online. Applications should be filled in at the following link: https://visas.immigration.go.ug/.
Any person intending to enter Uganda should do so only for lawful purposes and following national immigration laws, guidelines, and formalities.
Foreign nationals intending to enter Uganda for employment purposes should comply with the requirements for expatriate employment in Uganda.
How to Apply for your Ugandan Tourist Visa?
Step-1: Choose the application type(Visa or Permit), category (Ordinary, Multiple-Entry, Diplomatic and Official, Transit, East Africa Tourist Visa), subcategory (single-entry, multiple-entry for 6-12 months, 12-24 months, or 24-36 months)
Step 2: Fill out the electronic form
Step-3: Add documents (Copy of recent passport size photograph, Copy of passport bio-data page, Yellow Fever Vaccination Certificate, Safari Itinerary supplied by tour operators like us.
Step-4: Submit: Once the application is submitted, it will be studied by an Immigration Officer. Please note that during the approval process, additional information may be required.
The new required information can be submitted electronically through https://visas.immigration.go.ug/#/check.
Pay with a Visa Credit or Debit Card: The Cost for the Tourist Visa. There is a small payment transaction processing fee.
You will receive a Travel Authorization:
Upon submission, the applicant will receive a notification with an application number which they can use to track the application. The decision taken on the application will be sent electronically through the email provided by the applicant. If approved, an approval letter will be sent as an attachment to the email. This letter serves as a Travel authorization. Please print it out and present it together with a valid passport /travel document of not less than six months validity at the port of entry.
This travel authorization does not guarantee entry into Uganda. Travelers will be subjected to secondary verification before a visa can be placed in the passport.
Information about documents required in the online visa application can be found here: https://visas.immigration.go.ug/#/help/visa.
How long does it take before you receive your Email Travel Authorization:
All visas, permits, and passes are approved within two (2) to three (3) working days, except in exceptional circumstances where more documents and verification may be required. However, applicants are advised to apply at least five (5) working days before their intended travel date.
Applicants are advised to only submit their application in a period that falls within three months of their departure from Uganda. The validity of an approved E-Visa is three months, starting from the issue date.
The East African Tourist Visa Option:
The East African Visa is suitable for those who want to visit Uganda, Kenya, and Rwanda. It is obtained from the country that you see first in East Africa. (Tanzania is not a participant in the East African Visa)
The East African Visa allows you to enter and reenter the participating countries for up to 90-Days. The cost was 100 USD. It is practical for those that want to begin their Safari in Entebbe, Uganda, and end it in Kigali, Randa.
It is also great for those that want to Trek Gorillas in Uganda and then continue to the Masai Mara from Entebbe. One Visa allows you to access three Countries, Uganda, Kenya, and Rwanda.
It allows you to travel hassle-free between three East African Countries. Read more here. Read more here.
Avoid Being Conned – Do not use a Third-Party Visa Service:
You do not need to use a third-party service to obtain a Ugandan Visa. Often such services turn out fraudulent, and you lose your money and receive no Ugandan Tourism Visa.
The Directorate of Citizenship and Immigration Control (DCIC), Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Republic of Uganda, would like to inform all our esteemed clients of a scam Website.
Unfortunately Scamming Visa Sites have a high google ranking. However, when you click on one of the several Websites, they will attempt to con you. Bypass all of that by using the official Ugandan E-Visa Website only.
Do not use https://www.evisaforuganda.com/index, which on top of fraudulently claiming to be an application portal for electronic visas ( e-Visas ) to Uganda, charges applicants way beyond the official fees charged on the official e-visa portal.