Uganda Travel Information

Brief facts about Uganda
Official name: The Republic of Uganda
Capital city: Kampala
Area: Approximately 236,580 square kilometers
Population: About 33,000,000
Religious Affiliations
Roman Catholics: 41 Percent
Anglican: 40 percent
Muslim: 5 Percent
Indigenous beliefs: 4 percent
Others: 10 percent


Entry Requirements to Uganda.

  • Uganda visas may be obtained at Uganda missions abroad or on arrival at the country’s exit /entry stations.
  • Entry should be made only through the country’s gazetted points of entry/exit.
  • Every visitor will be required to carry a passport with validity beyond one year
  • All arriving visitors will be required to fill in arrival declaration cards on arrival. The cards are available at the arrival lounge.
  • No arriving visitor should carry or convey substances or goods prohibited by customs. (Contact Uganda Revenue Authority website: for details on prohibited substances under the “Customs Tax Guides” tab).
  • Visitors should not overstay their visa validity otherwise they will be subjected to a fine of $ 30 per day and other appropriate legal action.
  • Where visitors seek to stay longer than the period granted on arrival, extension of the period should be sought from the Immigration Headquarters in Kampala before expiry of the initial visitor’s pass.
  • All visitors must comply with immigration legislation and other national laws of the country during their stay in Uganda.

The Visa Section at the Uganda High Commission/Consulate/Embassy is open to the public Monday to Friday from in working hours (except on Public Holidays in Uganda and in your respective country). The period for processing a visa application is one working day (i.e. 24 hours and collection is on the next working day between 11:00a.m and 1:00p.m). Applications for visas may be mailed or self delivered in person. A stamped, self addressed and registered envelope must be included with applications submitted by mail.
Visa applicants are advised to submit their completed applications well in advance of the proposed date of departure.

Visa fees
Single entry: U$ 50 per individual
Multiple entry visa 6-12 months U$ 100
Multiple entry visa 24 months U$ 150
Multiple entry visa 36 months U$ 200

Angola, Antigua, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Burundi, Comoros, Cyprus, Eritrea, Fiji, Gambia, Grenada, Italy (Diplomatic Passport holders only), Jamaica, Ireland, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Malta, Mauritius, Madagascar, Rwanda, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Solomon Islands, St. Vincent and Grenadines, Swaziland, Tanzania, Tonga, Vanuatu, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Nationals of these countries are issued gratis (free of charge) visas upon their arrival.
Airlines that fly to Uganda.
Air Tanzania.
Air Uganda.
British Airways.
Brussels Air.
Egypt Air.
Fly Emirates.
Ethiopian Airways.
Gulf Air.
Kenya Airways.
South African Airways.
Turkish Airlines.
All the hotels (and many Safari lodges now) have Internet connection. Communication is handled by telecommunication companies; namely: -Uganda Telecom (UTL), Vodafone, MTN Uganda,Airtel and Africell.
You can even use Public Telephones (Although they are scarce).
Uganda Enjoys tropical Climate and it is generally warm throughout the year. There are two known rainy seasons; one is from Mid February to May and another one is from Mid August to Mid December.However, because of the changes in climatic patterns, these days brought by the reasons well known to you, Rain can fall anytime and drought can occur anytime of the calendar year.
Average Temperatures are 27ºC with the highest being 31ºC in Kramoja and Kasese regions and lowest being 15ºC in Kabale.Kampala Temperatures range from from 21ºC t 28ºC.This Temperature estimate runs throughout the year.
The Uganda Shilling is the Ugandan Currency and cannot be purchased anywhere outside the country. However, there are no restrictions on money transfers in and out of the country.
You can exchange your money in forex bureaus. Together with banks, these are the only licensed forex dealers.
NOTE: All US Dollars must have been printed past 2003 and should not be damaged in anyway. Higher exchange rates are given on larger value notes.
Safety and Security (Of Foreigners).
Uganda is a very stable and safe place and it’s one of the safest places in the world! But it doesn’t stop thieves from existing or its neighbors to have their own security problems (which problems sometimes somehow spill over into Uganda),so please don’t overexpose your valuables like electronics,money,jewellery etc and stay away from the Sudan and Democratic republic of Congo borders(Kidepo Valley National Park is an exception here).
Driving in Uganda is on the left. And all drivers are advised to carry a photocopy of a valid driving permit for 24 hours. Motor 3rd party insurance is compulsory. Speed limit in highly populate areas like towns is 50 kph and in open highways, its 100 kph, driving under the influence of Alcohol is a very serious offence!
Health Issues.
A certificate of yellow fever vaccination is compulsory.
Please drink bottled water rather than tap water.
Hepatitis A and B, meningitis, polio, tetanus, typhoid, rabies (if you expect to be in close contact with the animals) vaccinations are also recommended.

NOTE: Some of these require a course of injections and they take a certain period to take effect, so you can visit your doctor several days before you travel.

English and Kiswahili are the official languages. However, other many traditional / local languages do exist.




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