A. TRAVEL

1. VISA REQUIREMENTS

General Provision

Uganda Visa Policy is the principle of reciprocity. All countries that require Ugandans to have Visas upon entry visas for Ugandans are also visa prone in Uganda. Few countries are exempted from visas.

Visitors and conference delegates from countries that require Ugandans to have Visas upon entry may be required to have Visas prior to their entry into Uganda. Nationals of few countries are exempted from holding Visas. Please check with the nearest Ugandan High Commission if you require a Visa.

Single Entry Visa

The Uganda High Commission only issues single entry visas which are valid for 3 months from the date of issue.

Multiple Entry Visa

Issuance of multiple entry visas by Uganda High Commission, Ottawa was suspended until further notice. Multiple entry visa applicants are advised to apply for this category of visa while in Uganda at the Directorate of Citizenship and Immigration Control, Ministry of Internal Affairs, Kampala.

Visa applications for persons intending to take up employment in Uganda under Entry Permit Class G (Employees, Missionaries, Volunteers and NGO workers) shall only be processed after approval of their Entry/Work Permit applications. Visa applicants are therefore advised to request their employing organizations/companies in Uganda to submit their applications for Work Permits to the Directorate of Citizenship and Immigration Control Headquarters in Kampala for approval first. Any person intending to stay longer shall seek the extension of his/her visa at Directorate of Citizenship and Immigration Control Headquarters in Kampala or the nearest regional office.

East Africa Tourist visa

The High Commission issues East Africa Tourist Visas to persons wishing to visit Uganda, Kenya and Rwanda simultaneously for tourism purposes. East Africa Tourist Visas are for multiple entry and valid for 90 days, and shall not be extended. All applicants of the East Africa Tourist visas must apply in their own right and should attach visa application letters.

Applicants from countries that are on referral shall apply for the East Africa Tourist visa from the Mission whose Government has referral requirements. The holder of the East Africa tourist visa issued by the Mission shall enter through Uganda and move to either Kenya or Rwanda and return to Uganda without having to apply or pay for another visa within a period of 90 days. Please note that telephone queries must be made by the applicant only.

More information on visa applications and visa categories can be accessed on www.mia.go.ug. This website provides comprehensive details on all immigration services provided by the Directorate of Citizenship and Immigration Control, under the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Uganda in Kampala including but not limited to Work Permits, Special Passes, Citizenship, and frequently asked questions.

2. VISA PROCESSING FEES

  • Single Entry Visa: US Dollars 50
  • Student Entry Visa (Non Nationals of East African Community Partner States): US Dollars 100
  • East Africa Tourist Visa: US Dollars 100

All Uganda embassies, high commissions and consulates here process entry visas to the country. It is also possible to pay for the visa at the main international entry points to the country. Immigration personnel are available at Entebbe International Airport to receive and process visa applications into the country. Other points of entry including Malaba and Busia border post have facilities to receive and consider visa applications.

*Visitors from or passing through a yellow fever and cholera zone (most of tropical Africa and South America) must be able to produce a valid International Certificate of Vaccination. Air travellers who only transit through airports of such a zone are exempt from this requirement. Also be advised that all travellers must be vaccinated against Typhoid and Hepatitis.

3. HEALTH REQUIREMENTS

No vaccinations are required for travelers. The yellow fever vaccination certificate may be required for travelers from areas affected by the disease. The anti-malaria treatment is not necessary.

4. CLIMATE

Uganda’s climate is tropical. This means it is generally rainy (particularly during the months of March to May, September to November), while the remaining months (December to February, June to August) comprise Uganda’s two dry seasons. Temperatures depend on season and altitude. Currently the weather is warm during the daytime and quite chilly in the night, so kindly carry a warm jacket/sweater for the evenings.

5. BANKING

Uganda’s national currency is Shilling (Shs). Exchange rate: 1 USD = 2999 Shs, 1 Euro = 3300 Shs. (as of September 2016). Use this currency converter to view the latest exchange rate. The cost of living in Uganda remains considerably cheaper than in Europe. The exchange can be done without commission at airports or banks and approved institutions, including major hotels. All type of credit cards including Visa, Eurocard, MasterCard are accepted in every corner you find signs of visa or master card. You can make your payments in Uganda directly by credit card, hotels, restaurants and some shops all are equipped with credit cards processing at the European level. It is better to change traveller’s checks at the bank. Your passport is required as identification to change money. There is no difficulty of ATMs.

6. COMMUNICATION

Uganda, lives in UTC/GMT +3 hours

You can easily make an international call. Mobile phone Simcards can be easily obtained, all that you require is an identification Exhaustive list of phone numbers free in Uganda:

In Uganda, you can call the emergency services (firemen, police, ambulance) by dialling 999 or 0414 342 222 or 0414 342 223. You can call the central police station by dialling 0414 254 561 or 0414 254 562.

Police / firemen / ambulances: 999, 0414 342 222 or 0414 342 223 Central police: 0414 254 561 or 0414 254 562

B. CONFERENCE ACCOMMODATION

Various hotels and transportation services are available within close proximity to the conference venue.