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

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

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: £25 in advance or US$50 on entry (three months); multiple-entry visa: £65 (six months). You can apply for 12-, 24- and 36-month multiple-entry visas at the Ministry of Internal Affairs, Kampala.

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

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

Application to:
On arrival at the airport or at the consulate (or consular section at high commission or embassy).

Working days:
Allow 24 hours for visa processing.

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.


Special Precaution
Diphtheria Yes
Hepatitis A Yes
Malaria Yes
Rabies Sometimes
Tetanus Yes
Typhoid Yes
Yellow Fever Yes
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office in the UK also reports regular outbreaks of a wide range of serious diseases in Uganda, including cholera, Ebola haemorrhagic fever (EHF), Marburg haemorrhagic fever (MHF) meningococcal disease (meningitis A and W), hepatitis E and yellow fever.

Visitors should bring personal supplies of medicines that are likely to be needed, but enquire first at the embassy or high commission whether such supplies may be freely imported. Comprehensive health insurance is essential and should include cover for emergency air repatriation in case of serious accident or illness. The Ugandan health service has still not recovered from the mass departure of foreign personnel in 1972 and there are medical facilities of a reasonable standard only in large towns and cities.

Food and drink:
Food and drink:
All water should be regarded as being a potential health risk. Water used for drinking, brushing teeth or making ice should have first been boiled or otherwise sterilised. Milk is unpasteurised and should be boiled. Powdered or tinned milk is available and is advised. Avoid dairy products which are likely to have been made from unboiled milk. Only eat well-cooked meat and fish, preferably served hot. Vegetables should be cooked and fruit peeled.

Other risks:
HIV/AIDS is widespread. Vaccinations against tuberculosis and hepatitis B are sometimes advised.


Currency information:
Uganda Shilling (UGX). Notes are in denominations of UGX50,000, 20,000, 10,000, 5,000 and 1,000. Coins are in denominations of UGX500, 200, 100, 50, 20, 10, 5, 2 and 1.

Credit cards:
American Express, Diners, MasterCard and Visa are accepted but not widely used. Some large hotels, restaurants, travel agencies and shops in urban areas accept credit cards. ATMs are available in the larger cities.

ATMs are available in the larger cities.

Travellers cheques:
Traveller's cheques are not widely accepted outside Kampala. To avoid additional exchange rate charges, travellers are advised to take traveller's cheques in US Dollars or Pounds Sterling. It is advised that travellers bring sufficient US dollars in cash in case of emergencies.

Banking hours:
Generally Mon-Fri 0830-1400, Sat 0900-1200. Forex bureaux are open until 1700 and able to do electronic transfers to and from overseas.

Currency restriction:
The import and export of local currency is prohibited. Import of foreign currency is unlimited if declared upon arrival. Export of foreign currency must not exceed the amount declared upon arrival.

Currency exchange:
Foreign currency may be exchanged at the Central Bank, commercial banks and foreign exchange bureaux. Be aware that dollar notes from before 2006 will not be accepted for exchange.

Uganda duty free
The following items may be imported into Uganda by visitors over 18 years without incurring customs duty:

• 250g of tobacco products.
• 1L of spirits or 2L of wine.
• 500ml of eau de toilette, of which not more than a quarter may be perfume.
• Goods up to the value of US$500 (returning residents).

Banned exports:
A special permit is required to export game trophies.

Last Updated on Thursday, 09 June 2016 12:07

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