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Details about visa for Uganda

3 months


Passport Requirements

All travelers except the following require a passport:

  1. Qualified foreign refugees with the United States ‘Refugee Travel Document’ (Form no. I-571).
  2. Travelers with «Kinderausweis» a German identity document issued to children aged less than 16 years old, provided the document contains a photo of the child.
  3. Travelers with a «Laissez-Passer» issued by the United Nations provided they are traveling on duty and residing in Uganda.
  4. Travelers with a «Laissez-Passer» that is issued by the Organization of African Unity so long as they are traveling on duty.
  5. People without nationality or citizenship and refugees with a «Titre de Voyage,» which is issued by the United Nations according to the Geneva Convention of 1951.
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Document Validity

Passports and alternative papers, or either of them, must be valid for at least six months on arrival.

  1. Ugandan citizens may enter with passports that must be valid on the date of arrival.
  2. Residents of Uganda may enter with travel papers, which have to be valid on arrival.

Visa Issuance

  1. Before arrival: Travelers are kindly requested to contact the nearest representation of Uganda.
  2. Upon arrival: A visa may be issued if necessary, to travelers with United States ‘Refugee Travel Document’ (Form no. I-571).
  3. Upon arrival: A three-month visa may be issued for free to travelers with diplomatic, official, service, consular, or special passports and their accompanying family or relatives; it is possible to extend visa validity.
  4. Upon arrival: A visa may be issued to all citizens against a fee of:

– USD 50 for a single entry; or

– USD 100 for multiple entries and 6-month validity; or

– USD 200 for a one-year visa.

  • On arrival: If necessary, a transit visa may be issued to any nationality against a fee of USD 15.

Visa Exemptions

All travelers must hold a visa except the following:

1. Ugandan citizens.

2. Travelers staying for no more than six months provided they are:

  1. Italian or Namibian citizens with diplomatic passports.
  2. Travelers with passports issued by Hong Kong (A Special Administrative Region of China).
  3. Citizens of Antigua & Barbuda, Angola, Barbados, Belize, Bahamas, Comoro Island, Cyprus, Burundi, Fiji, Gambia, Eritrea, Republic of Ireland, Jamaica, Grenada, Lesotho, Madagascar, Kenya, Malawi, Mauritius, Rwanda, Malta, Seychelles, Singapore, Solomon Islands, Sierra Leone, Tonga, Saint Vincent & the Grenadines, Tanzania, Zambia, Vanuatu, Zimbabwe, and Swaziland.

3. Travelers with a valid re-entry permit that is issued by Uganda.

4. Travelers with a «Laissez-Passer» that is issued by the Organization of African Unity (OAU) provided they are traveling on duty.

5. Travelers with a «Laissez-Passer» which is issued by the United Nations so long as the travelers are residing in Uganda.

6. Travelers with ‘Titre de Voyage’ that is issued by the United Nations according to the Geneva Convention of 1951, if they are residents of Antigua & Barbuda, Bahamas, Angola, Belize, Burundi, Barbados, Comoro Island, Eritrea, Fiji, Cyprus, Grenada, Gambia, Hong Kong (A Special Administrative Region of China), Italy, Jamaica, Republic of Ireland, Lesotho, Kenya, Malawi, Malta, Madagascar, Rwanda, Seychelles, Mauritius, Singapore, Solomon Islands, Sierra Leone, Swaziland, Tanzania, Saint Vincent & the Grenadines, Tonga, Zambia, Zimbabwe, and Vanuatu.

TWOV (Transit Without Visa)

TWOV is permissible for travelers continuing their trip towards a third country within 24 hours, using the same or first connecting plane so long as they:

– hold papers required for their onward travel; and

– do not leave the airport; and

– have tickets with reserved seats.

* No facilities of hotel accommodation are available within the airport transit area.

Additional information

Travelers must have enough money to cover the expenses of their stay and all the necessary documents for their next trip and return or onward tickets. For security reasons, The Ministry of Foreign Affairs should be notified about the details of travelers coming to Uganda for business or any other purpose.


Import regulations

Travelers aged 18 years old and more, except for those returning from visits to Tanzania and Kenya, are allowed free import of the following:

– 250 grams of products containing tobacco.

– 1 liter of wine and spirits (including alcohol).

– 1 pint of eau de toilette and perfume, of which not more than one-quarter of a pint maybe perfume.

– The import of domestic and wild birds and their products from countries infected by bird flu is prohibited.


Travelers have to acquire a sanitary import permit from the Director of Veterinary Services if they bring birds or their products from countries affected by bird flu. Meat and meat products, or any domestic or wild poultry product, must be destroyed and declared.

Export regulations

There are no restrictions on exporting a moderate quantity of perfume, alcoholic drinks, tobacco and tobacco products, or either of them. A special permit is required for exporting game trophies.

Crew members customs regulations

For crew members, the same rules apply as for regular travelers.


A veterinary good health certificate given at the point of origin not less than six days before arrival in Uganda must be accompanied by cats and dogs.

Baggage Clearance regulations

A traveler’s luggage should be cleared at the first airport of entry in Uganda.

* Exception:

Luggage of transit travelers, which is cleared at the final destination airport in or out of Uganda. Clearance of luggage occurs in case of late delivery by either the traveler or the carrier if the traveler has given the carrier his/her passport or an authorization letter and the key.

Airport tax

All these passengers will not be required to pay any airport fees while leaving the airport.

Currency Import regulations

Imports of local currency (UGX-Uganda Shilling) are forbidden, but imports of foreign currencies are not limited as long as they are disclosed upon entry.

Currency Export regulations

Local currency exports (UGX-Uganda Shilling) are forbidden, but foreign currency up to the amount imported and disclosed upon arrival is permissible.

Wild Fauna and Flora

Uganda is one of the members of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) Treaty.

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