Uganda Visa – Do You Need a Visa to Visit Uganda?


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Uganda Visa Requirements: Do You Need a Visa to Visit Uganda?

The short answer is yes.

All nationalities – except 35 exempt nationalities need a Uganda visa to visit Uganda.

Therefore, before you book that dream Uganda safari tour to see the rare mountain gorillas and other wonderful Uganda wildlife, make sure you have got your visa to visit Uganda figured out.

The good news is that the process of getting a visa for Uganda is easy for many nationalities. Read on for everything about Uganda visa applications, including visa types, costs, the documents you need, and which countries are visa free to Uganda:

Who Can Visit Uganda Visa Free?

Citizens from 35 countries with valid passports do not need a visa visit Uganda. Also travellers with United Nations laissez-passer does not need a Visa to visit Uganda. Here is a table showing countries with visa exemption to Uganda:

A Tourist Uganda Visa

The standard visa is the single entry visa (Uganda Tourist Visa) which costs US$50.

You can use this visa to enter Uganda once for business, tourism, family visit, humanitarian and charity events or other reasons.

The Uganda visa is valid for a stay lasting up to three months.

Your passport needs to have at least six months’ validity from the date of entry, and you must have a return ticket. Other requirements include:

  • Travel itinerary
  • A recent passport-size photograph
  • Passport copy (bio-data page)
  • Yellow Fever Vaccination Certificate

The East African Tourist Visa option

The East African Tourist Visa is a handy option if you are planning on visiting Kenya, Rwanda and Uganda on the same African safari.

The East Africa Tourist Visa is valid for 90 days from date of issue and costs US$100. The visa requirements for East African Tourist Visa include:

  • Copy of the passport (Bio-data page) with at least 6-month validity
  • Copy of recent Passport size Photograph
  • Vaccination Certificate (Yellow fever)
  • Return Ticket
  • Travel Itinerary
  • Language; all documents attached should be in English.
  • Any other documents may be required during the processing

Multiple Entry Visas for Uganda

Uganda also offers a multiple entry visa for US$100 (valid for 6 months) and USD$ 200 (valid for 24 months), great if you are planning at least two safari trips to Uganda in a year.

To qualify for a Uganda Multiple Entry Visa, your passport must be valid for at least six months from the date of entry, and you will need to supply a passport photo and proof of a return ticket to Uganda.

Multiple entry visas sometimes require more paperwork, so some travelers prefer to apply for the single entry visa each time, but Uganda’s visa service is getting better and faster online.

The visa requirements for Multiple Entry Visa include:

  • Passport (Bio-data page) with at least 6-month validity
  • Recent Passport size Photograph
  • Valid Police clearance from Interpol or home country
  • Vaccination Certificate (Yellow Fever)
  • Recommendation letter from one (2) referees in Uganda
  • Cover Letter stating reasons for Multiple Entry
  • Any other documents may be required during the processing

A Uganda Transit Visa For Short Stays

If you are only entering Uganda for a few days before heading on to neighboring African countries like Kenya, Tanzania, or Rwanda, a transit visa may be all that you need. It costs US$20 and valid for a maximum of 7 days.

This Uganda visa is not extendable. The transit visa requirements include:

  • Copy of the passport (Bio-data page) with at least 6-month validity
  • Copy of recent Passport size Photograph
  • Vaccination Certificate (Yellow Fever)
  • A letter stating the reason for transit and country of destination
  • Proof of permission to enter the country of destination
  • Any other documents may be required during processing

A Student Pass For Uganda

People going to Uganda for research, internships, volunteering or academic studies can apply for a student visa. This can be for 3 months, 6 months & 12 months.

The fee is USD 100 and this is payable at the point of application.

This is a standard fee for any period that has been granted. East African nationals are exempted from this fee. The requirements include:

  • Valid Student ID Card
  • Passport Copy (Bio Data Page) with at least 6 months’ validity
  • Recent Passport-size Photograph
  • Support Letter from School
  • Admission letter from school
  • Proof of payment of fees
  • Current immigration status (visa or previous pass)
  • Where the child is below 18 years, immigration status and identification of the parent/guardian

How Do I Apply For For A Uganda Visa?

The process of applying for a Uganda visa is quite simple. When you have all the requirements needed, go on the Ugandan E-visa system:

Select start new application. Accept the terms and conditions displayed in the disclaimer. Then fill in the Uganda visa application in the following steps:-

Step-1: Choose The Application Type (Visa or Permit)

  • Category (Ordinary, Multiple-Entry, Diplomatic and Official, Transit, East Africa Tourist Visa),
  • Subcategory for Ordinary/Diplomatic and Official/ Transit (Single entry)
  • Subcategory for Multiple Entry (6 months, 12 months, or 24 months)
  • The subcategory for East Africa Tourist Visa is the same

Uganda Visa Application Process Step-2: Fill Out The Electronic Form

This section of the application is where you provide your personal information.

Here, you provide your names, address, contact information, how long you plan to stay, your passport information, and any such details.

This information is used to ensure that you are legally allowed to enter into Uganda under rightful means. You will have to fill a form that looks like the screenshot below.

All the information must be truthful and correct.

Uganda Visa Application Process

Step-3: Add Documents

The documents include a copy of a recent passport size photograph, a copy of the passport bio-data page, a Yellow Fever Vaccination Certificate, etc.

You’ll need to upload only PDF, JPEG, PNG, and BMP files. The files you upload should not be bigger than 250 KB.

All documents attached should be in English.

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:

Upon submission, you’ll receive a notification with an application number which you 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 provided.

This letter serves as a travel authorization.

Print it out and present it together with a valid passport /travel document of not less than 6 months validity at the port of entry.

Please Note: It’s recommended that you apply for the visa well in advance of your intended visit. All the online payments must be made by credit card/debit card at this time. The eVisa system currently accepts only the following credit card/debit cards: MasterCard and Visa.

Uganda Visa Application On Arrival

Uganda no longer issues visa on arrival.

All visitors to the country including those on Uganda safari tours are required to apply for an electronic visa ahead of their trip to Uganda.

You are strongly advised to submit your visa applications online at:

Does Uganda Offer A Working Holiday Visa?

Uganda does not offer working holiday visa. Instead, you will need a work permit from the Directorate of Citizenship and Immigration Control of Uganda.

It is illegal for any foreigner without a valid work permit to be employed in Uganda, including volunteering and self-employed work.

If you’re planning to volunteer or have an internship or other work placement, ask the host organization or company for advice on the correct work permit.

Can I Extend My Uganda Visa To Stay Longer?

If you run short on time during your stay, tourist visas can be extended for an additional 30 days. Your current valid visa can be extended through:

For extending a visa applied using the Uganda electronic Visa website you should provide the application Id of the visa to extend, the passport number used for the visa to extend, and the date of birth.

If you overstay your Uganda visa, the usual penalty is a fine of USD 100 per day.

Use Of Third-Party Uganda Visa Application Service

Visitors are not always advised to obtain the Uganda Visa through a third party.

Always such services cause challenges to the visitors where you may lose your money when there is no Ugandan Visa for you. Several websites may attempt to corn you off your money to purchase the Ugandan Visa for you.

Ignore them and only used the right and recommended website ( which is the Ugandan E-Visa Website only.


After booking your Uganda safari holiday with us, you are then advised to apply for your visa at least one month in advance to get entry to Uganda. Please contact us if you need any information on Uganda safaris.

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