Things to know: Apply for Uganda visa

How to apply

It’s been never easier to travel to any foreign country for the first time. Every country has its own rules and regulations. So, there are few rules to apply for the Uganda visa too. If you planning to travel towards Uganda, which is home for the source of world’s largest river Nile, the world’s remaining mountain gorillas, diverse wildlife resources, more than 50 local tribes, snow-capped mountains, vibrant mountain life and many more. You can definitely choose Uganda as one of your next travel destinations.

Before that, let’s see the essential things you should know before applying for it:

Types of Visa available for Uganda:

Uganda travel visa can be obtained at Uganda missions abroad or on arrival at the ports of entry in the country. All the travellers must have Yellow fever immunisation card. Here are the visa types available:

  • Single entry visa – Passport should be valid for a minimum of 6 months and pre-arrangement is required to apply for a single entry or tourist visa. This visa is non-extendable.
  • Multi-entry visa – This differs from 6-12 months, 24 months and 36 months. This is for short term multiple entries and cannot be extended.
  • Student visa – Entry for students who are not the nationalist of East Africa.
  • East African Tourist visa – This offers three multiple entries for Kenya, Rwanda and Uganda.

How to apply for Uganda E-Visa:


The government of Uganda has allowed releasing of electronic visas for all eligible nationalists. Hence, now you can get Uganda E-Visa online. The process and requirements are easy and do not take much of your time. And, it’s affordable too.

What are the requirements to apply for E-visa:


The requirements to apply for E-visa are:

  • Passport – All applicants must obtain a passport and must be valid for at least 6 months from the date of arrival to Uganda.
  • A copy of the passport –  mainly the information page
  • A recent passport size photo
  • Vaccination certificate of yellow fever – if you do not have this document, you may be subjected to vaccination on arrival and some possible measures will be taken.

How much does it cost:

The Uganda E-visa can be obtained in 3 different options determining the cost.

  • Standard processing – this is processed within 6 business days and costs you USD $86.50
  • Rush processing – the waiting period is only 4 business days and it costs you USD $116.50
  • Super rush processing – the visa is processed in just 2 business days and the cost is USD $151.50
  • The above cost is for the tourist visa and transit e-visa.

The cost of East African Visa is USD $148.00 for 6 days, USD $178.00 for 4 days and USD $213.00 for 2 business days.

How long does it take to get it:

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The maximum wait time to get Uganda Visa is 6 business days and if you need it sooner you can opt for Rush processing and get the visa in 4 business days.

These countries are visa-free :

There are few countries which are visa-free to Uganda and enjoy the beauty of Uganda without any restrictions, they include; Kenya, Zimbabwe, Malaysia and other 36 countries. Find the complete list of the country here.

Do airports in Uganda provide Visa on arrival

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Yes! All the airports in Uganda provide Visa on arrival after submitting all the required documents and yellow fever vaccination document.

Uganda Tourist Visa duration:

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Visitors with Uganda tourist visa can stay for a maximum of 45 days from the date of arrival. 

Medical certificate :

The main medical certificate to be applied for Uganda E-Visa is Yellow fever vaccination document.

Is it safe to visit Uganda:

In short; yes! It is safe to visit Uganda. However, you will need to take extra caution at night; like, instead of walking at night use a taxi or pre-arranged transfer. If you must walk; stick with your group.

Do not display wealth; petty theft is quite common, it’s better not to wear jewellery and keep cameras in a bag.

Be aware of your surroundings, always consult a map. Travel with a guide and an experienced driver.

So, these are the essential things to know before applying for a Visa to Uganda and enjoy the unlimited experience of Mountain wildlife of Uganda and especially gorillas.


  1. These all tips are very useful for all those who want to apply for Uganda Visa. Thanks for sharing this wonderful post.

  2. These all tips are very useful for all those who want to apply for Uganda Visa.

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