VISA APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS (w.e.f: 01 September 2016)


The Visa Section at the Uganda High Commission is open to the public for submissions and collections on Monday to Friday from 10:00a.m. to 1:00pm only (except on Public Holidays in Uganda and the United Kingdom). The period for processing a visa application is four working days (this may increase during peak periods e.g - Summer.)


There are three different ways for applying for a visa to Uganda:

  1. In person at Uganda High Commission
  2. Submitting an application by mail to Uganda High Commission. All applications made by mail must be addressed to "The Visa Department." Please note, a stamped, self-addressed special or recorded delivery envelope must be enclosed for us to return it to you.
  3. Applying for the E-Visa. Please note, applying for an E-Visa is a completely separate system to applying directly through Uganda High Commission. The E-Visa system is currently not handled or managed by Uganda High Commission and therefore applications cannot currently be accessed or managed by the Mission. All inquiries should therefore be addressed to immigration in Uganda by e-mail on, info@immigration.go.ug or via their social media page, https://www.facebook.com/DCICUganda/

Applicants are advised to submit their completed applications in advance of the proposed date of departure. Your visa starts from the date it is processed at the High Commission.

 All those travelling to the Republic of Uganda must have a valid yellow fever immunization card which will be required at the port of entry. 

 

APPLICATIONS MADE IN PERSON/BY MAIL

 A. ALL PASSPORTS (INCLUDING UK RED PASSPORT HOLDERS):

1. One duly filled application form by each applicant (the form can be found at the bottom of this page.)

2. One passport size photograph attached to each application form.

3. Passport valid for at least six months from the proposed date of entry.

4. Correct visa fee - 40GBP for single entry 3 month visa, 70GBP for the East Africa Tourist visa and 100GBP for a multiple entry 6 month visa. The amount must be payable by card for those applying in person, or postal order addressed to "Uganda High Commission." 

5. Letter of invitation/introduction if travelling on business.

6. Applicants may be requested to submit additional supporting documentation.

7. A stamped, self-addressed special or recorded delivery envelope must be enclosed if you would like us to post your passport back to you.


B. UK TRAVEL DOCUMENT HOLDERS (BLUE/BROWN)

1. One duly filled application form by each applicant (the form can be found at the bottom of this page.)

2. One passport size photograph attached to each application form.

3. Travel Document valid for at least six months from the proposed date of entry.

4. Correct visa fee - 40GBP for a single entry visa. The amount must be payable by card for those applying in person, or postal order addressed to "Uganda High Commission."

5. Invitation letter from Ugandan company or friends.

6. Photocopies of invitee's passport (Pages 1, 45 and data page with picture) to be faxed from Uganda.

7. Applicant's Bank Statements for the last three months.

8. Sponsor's Bank Statements for the last three months.

9. Evidence of travel arrangements (booking details).

10. Leave Approval Letter from your UK employer/educational institution.

11. Applicant's utility bills (i.e. Gas, Electricity, Water,and Residence Telephone).

12. Up to date letter from the Local Council - the invitees should obtain this letter from the Local Council in Uganda.

13. Please note that in addition to these requirements, you may be required to give additional information by way of interview.

UK Travel Document holders are advised not to purchase a ticket before obtaining a visa. Visa processing time for UK Travel Document holders is within 10 working days.

 

VISA FEES:

Visa fees must be paid by card (in person at Uganda High Commission) or a postal money order payable to "UGANDA HIGH COMMISSION", on submission of visa application. Cheques and cash are not accepted. Please note that the visa fee is non-refundable.

Single entry visa:

A Single entry visa is valid for three months from the date of issue and costs 40GBP (in the UK) or $50 (at entry point in Uganda).

Multiple entry visa:

Multiple Entry Visas can currently only be applied for online via the E-visa.

East Africa Tourist visa:

The East Africa Tourist visa costs 70GBP. It is a multiple entry visa valid for 90 days, and allows the holder to travel simultaneously within Uganda, Kenya and Rwanda, without any additional cost. Please note, if you obtain this visa and travel outside the three countries and then wish to enter either one of the three countries, you will have to pay for a visa.  Applicants should fill in the usual visa application forms and indicate they are applying for the East Africa Tourist Visa at the top of the application. An East Africa Tourist visa should be obtained from the Embassy of the Country which you first plan on entering.


APPLYING FOR THE E-VISA

The E-Visa is a separate system to visas issued at Uganda High Commission. It is controlled from Uganda and not by Uganda High Commission, London. FAQs. Any questions in regards to your application for an E-Visa should be directed to Immigration in Uganda on info@immigration.go.ug or their social media page, https://www.facebook.com/DCICUganda/. We currently cannot access or manage individual applications at the Mission.

  1. Visit https://visas.immigration.go.ug/
  2. Complete/upload information as required
  3. Upon submitting your application you should receive a notification with an application number you can use to track your application. Visas are usually approved within 3 working days, however, applicants should ensure they apply at least five working days before their intended date of travel.
  4. Upon approval of the application you should receive an e-mail notification with the next steps, with an attachment of the e-visa approval/authorisation to travel.
  5. This attachment should be printed and presented to the immigration officer upon arrival to Uganda.
  6. Payment will be made at the point of entry. See here for fees.
  7. The visa will be issued at the selected point of entry after a final clearance by the immigration officer.


LIST OF COUNTRIES WHOSE NATIONALS DO NOT REQUIRE TO PAY FORA VISA TO ENTER UGANDA:

Angola, Antigua, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Burundi,Botswana, Comoros, Cyprus, Eritrea, Fiji, Gambia, Grenada, Ghana, Italy(Diplomatic Passport holders only), Ireland, Jamaica, Kenya, Lesotho, Libya,Malawi, Malta, Mauritius, Madagascar, Rwanda, Seychelles, Sierra Leone,Singapore, Solomon Islands, St. Vincent and Grenadines, Swaziland, Tanzania,Tonga, Vanuatu, Zambia and Zimbabwe.


Nationals of these countries are issued gratis (free of charge) visas upon their arrival. You do not need to make any application to Uganda High Commission.

IMMIGRATION INFORMATION FOR INTENDING VISITORS TO UGANDA

  • 1. Visas for Uganda may be obtained at Uganda Missions abroad or via the E-visa
  • 2. Entry should be made only through the country¡¯s gazetted ports of entry/exit.
  • 3. Every visitor will be required to carry a passport with validity beyond six months.
  • 4. All arriving visitors will be required to fill in arrival declaration cards on arrival. The cards are available at the arrival lounge.
  • 5. 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).
  • 6. Visitors should not overstay their visa validity otherwise they will be subjected to a fine of U$100 per day and other appropriate legal action.
  • 7. 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.
  • 8. All visitors must comply with immigration legislation and other national laws of the country during their stay in Uganda.

Please visit the Ministry of Internal Affairs¡¯ website: http://immigration.go.ug/ for information on how to apply for:

  • 1.  Work permits
          Class A (Government Diplomatic Service)
          Class A2 (Government Contracts)
          Class B (investment in Agriculture)
          Class C (Mining)
          Class D(Business and Trade)
          Class E (Manufacturers)
          Class F (Professional)
          Class G 1 (volunteers, NGO workers, Missionaries)
          Class G 2 (Employees)
          Change of employment
  • 2. Certificate of residence
  • 3. Dependant pass

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