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Uganda Tourist Visa Guide

Essential Steps for Your Adventure in the Pearl of Africa – Uganda

Welcome to Uganda! Your journey to the Pearl of Africa begins here. To ensure a smooth and unforgettable adventure, let us guide you through obtaining your Uganda Tourist Visa. Explore our step-by-step guide below.

Why Do I Need a Ugandan Tourist Visa?

Effective July 2016 its mandatory for all travellers to apply and obtain Visa online via the Uganda Electronic Visa Application System prior to being granted boarding.

As a foreign traveler, you'll need a tourist visa for Uganda to enjoy the country's stunning national parks, wildlife reserves, gorilla trekking, and cultural tours. It's your ticket to stay in Uganda for up to 90 days, and it's essential to comply with Ugandan immigration laws. Without it, you might face entry denial.

Additionally, the tourist visa helps Uganda manage its tourist arrivals, prevents illegal immigration, and ensures visitors follow local laws. Plus, getting your visa in advance streamlines your airport experience, making your journey smoother.

How to Get Your Uganda Tourist Visa – Step-by-Step Guide

Getting your Ugandan tourist visa is a piece of cake. Here's how to do it:

1. Apply Online (e-Visa): In order to complete the application in one sitting, youll need:

  • A scan of the bio data page of your passport. Make sure your passport is valid for at least 6 months beyond your arrival date.
  • Yellow Fever Vaccination Certificate - scan. – All yellow Fever Vaccination Certificates are valid for life - WHO - 2016.
  • A recent passport sized photo - scan.
  • Return Air ticket - scan/pdf.
  • Credit or debit card to effect payment for your e-Visa.
  • Have these ready to upload. There’s currently no way to save your changes and come back later.

  • Visit the official Uganda Electronic Visa/Permit System at

Page 1:
Under visa or permit type, click “visa”.
Under category, click “Uganda ordinary/tourist visa.
Under subcategory, click “single entry”.

Page 2:

Fill in your travel and personal details, and upload a passport-sized photo and your passport's bio-data page.

When you get to “Other data”, your contact person in Uganda will be your Tour Company or first night hotel.
Your purpose of visit is Tourism.
Your length of stay is expressed in days. Choose according to how long you wish to stay. The maximum is 90 days.
Complete all the other boxes truthfully.

Page 3:

Upload your documents.

Page 4:

Review and submit.

  • Pay the visa fee online using your credit or debit card. Fees vary based on your visa type and nationality.
  • Once approved, you'll receive an electronic approval letter via email. Keep it safe – it's your golden ticket!

2. When to Apply?

  • Although its possible for a visa to be processed within 2 business days, we recommend applying one - three weeks before traveling to Uganda.

3. Additional documents NOT necessary but may be mentioned

  • Proof of Travel Itinerary or invoice from you safari agency
  • Proof of Financial Means
  • Invitation Letter (for safaris)
  • Medical Certificate (if needed)

4. Countries Exempt from Visa Requirements

Citizens of specific countries don't need a tourist visa. Check if your country is on the list:

  • COMESA Countries: Angola, Eritrea, Malawi, Madagascar, Seychelles, Swaziland, Zambia, Comoros, Kenya, Mauritius, Zimbabwe.
  • EAC – East African Countries: Tanzania, Rwanda, Kenya, Burundi, South Sudan, and DR Congo.
  • Other Countries: Antigua, Barbados, Fiji, Grenada, Lesotho, Sierra Leone, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Cyprus, Bahamas, Belize, Gambia, Jamaica, Malta, Singapore, St. Vincent, and the Grenadines.

5. East African Tourist Visa Option

If you plan to visit Uganda, Kenya, and Rwanda, the East African Visa is a great choice. It's obtained from the first East African country you enter and allows multiple entries to these three stunning destinations.

Remember to apply for your visa well in advance, have your itinerary ready, and always use the official Uganda Electronic Visa/Permit System to avoid scams.

Start Your Visa Application here

Your Ugandan Adventure Awaits!