UGANDA CURRENCY

What is the Uganda Currency? Uganda’s currency structure consists of banknotes and coins. The Uganda shilling is the official currency for Uganda (sign: USh; Code UGX). It cannot be purchased outside the country.

The local currency is the Ugandan shilling (UGX) and denominations of 50,000, 20,000, 10,000, 5,000, 2,000, 1,000 and coins in 500, 200, 100, and 50 are in circulation. Most tour operators, hotels and nearly everything for tourist is however quoted in US dollars. Although Euros and UK Pound are ok and widely accepted for changing money into Ugandan Currency, the US Dollar is the currency of choice for the tourism industry not just in Uganda but all the East African countries. US dollars are the most useful hard currency, especially in small towns. There is a case for quoting all rates in US dollars, which are likely to mean more to readers at the planning stage of the trip, and which, given the instability of African currencies in general, is likely to be more accurate than local currency rates in the long term.

What is the best currency to take to Uganda? Can I use US dollars in Uganda?

  • The currency of choice, trade, and tourism in Uganda is US Dollars (US$/USD).
  • Many Uganda hotels, safari companies, airlines; Uganda Wildlife Authority for gorilla permits, and park fees ask for US$.
  • Thus, it’s always recommended to have both Uganda shillings (UGX) and US$ during your Uganda Safari as Uganda shillings makes the payment for local items like souvenirs easier and the USD can assist with tipping among others.
  • Other Foreign currency including Euros and British pounds can be accepted but within Kampala or Entebbe and may not easily make transactions in countryside areas.

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You need a visa to enter Uganda. You can either get a visa on arrival at the airport, or before you travel. You can apply for single entry and transit visas on the evisas website. You can also apply for these, and other types of visa, at the Uganda High Commission in London.

The charge for the visa on arrival is US$50 in cash while the charge for processing the E-visa application yourself via the correct Uganda government website (http://evisa.go.ke/evisa.html) is US$52.53 including credit card fee.

Single Entry Visa is allowed to Indian travellers who wish to stay in Uganda for a short period. … Indians who travel to a Uganda for tourism purpose or business purpose or medical purpose. The applicant needs to mention the purpose of his visit. Uganda tourist visa and Uganda work visa are the single-entry visas.

The official processing duration for a Ugandan visa as per the official Ugandan Consulates’ site is 14 business days. However, this duration does vary between 2 and 15 days depending on the Embassy to be contacted.