Uganda Visa and Passport Requirements

Passport required Return ticket required Visa required
Australian Yes Yes Yes
British Yes Yes Yes
Canadian Yes Yes Yes
Other EU Yes Yes Yes
USA Yes Yes Yes

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Passports

To enter Uganda, a passport valid for at least six months from the date of entry is required by all nationals referred to in the chart above.

Passport note

Entry may be refused to passengers not holding sufficient funds, return or onward tickets, and other necessary travel documents.

Visas

Visas are required by all nationals referred to in the chart above. You can obtain visas either on arrival at Entebbe airport or in advance.

Travellers who are also visiting Rwanda and Kenya may find it more useful to apply for an East African cross-border joint visa which allows entry into all three countries on a single visa.

Visa note

Although transit passengers do require a visa, it is possible to obtain one on entry provided you are continuing to a third country by the same or first connecting flight within 24 hours, hold confirmed tickets and travel documents and do not leave the airport. 

Nationals not referred to in the chart are advised to contact the high commission/embassy to check visa requirements for Uganda.

Types and cost

Single-entry visa: £35 in advance or US$50 on entry (three months); multiple-entry visa: £80 (six months). You can apply for 12-, 24- and 36-month multiple-entry visas at the Ministry of Internal Affairs, Kampala.

East African tourist visa: US$100. 

Single-entry visas on arrival for nationals of Cyprus, Ireland and Malta are issued free of charge.

Validity

Transit visa: 24 hours; single-entry visa: three months from the date of issue; multiple-entry visa: six, 12, 24 or 36 months.

East African tourist visa: three months.

Transit

Seven-day transit visas are available for travelling through Uganda overland.

Application to

On arrival at the airport or at the Ugandan embassy or high commission abroad. Travellers can apply in person or by post. Allow extra time if applying by post and always send your passport registered.

Temporary residence

A 12-month student pass may be issued to those wishing to study in Uganda at an approved college, university or institution, renewable on a yearly basis. Research passes may also be granted. Special passes are issued to those on short-term work contracts or those awaiting processing of more permanent applications including work permits or certificates of residency.

Working days

Allow 48 hours for visa processing at the consulate.

Sufficient funds

Travellers should have sufficient funds to cover their stay in Uganda, but proving this should only be necessary if you arrive with a one-way ticket, as officials may need reassurance that you can afford to leave the country when it’s time to go home.

Extension of stay

If you wish to extend your stay, you must contact the Immigration Headquarters in Kampala before your current visa expires. If you overstay your visa, you will be charged US$30 per day.

Entry with pets

Cats and dogs must have a certificate of good health from a registered veterinarian in the area of origin, which must be issued, signed and stamped no earlier than 10 days before arrival in Uganda. You will also need a certificate confirming the animal is free of rabies and has been inoculated as necessary.

Dogs require vaccinations against distemper, parvo-virus, rabies, hepatitis and leptospirosos, not less than 30 days prior to arrival.

Cats should be vaccinated against rabies and feline entritis, not less than 30 days prior to arrival. 

Embassies and tourist offices

Embassy of the Republic of Uganda in the USA
Telephone: (202) 726 7100. Website: www.ugandaembassy.com Opening times: Mon-Fri 0900-1700; 0930-1500 (visa section).
High Commission for the Republic of Uganda in the UK
Telephone: (020) 7839 8925. Website: www.ugandahighcommission.co.uk Opening times: Mon-Fri 0930-1600, 0930-1300 (visa section).
British High Commission in Uganda
Telephone: 312 312 000. Website: https://www.gov.uk/government/world/organisations/british-high-commission-kampala Opening times: Mon-Thu 0830-1300 and 1400-1700, Fri 0830-1300.

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