Visitors to Uganda must obtain a visa on arrival to Uganda or from one of the Ugandan diplomatic missions, unless they come from one of the visa exempt countries. All visitors must hold a passport valid for 6 months.[1][2]

Visa policy map

Visa policy of Uganda
Visa policy of Uganda

Visa exemption

Citizens of the following 37 countries can visit Uganda without a visa for up to 3 months:[3]

Holders of diplomatic or service passports issued to nationals of India, Italy, Namibia, South Africa[4] do not require a visa for 3 months. Visa exemption agreement for holders of diplomatic and official/service passports was signed with Ethiopia in August 2019, and it is yet to be ratified.[5]


Uganda began issuing electronic visas (e-Visa) on 1 July 2016.[6][7] Passengers who have been issued an e-visa must travel with a printed e-visa confirmation.[8]

Visa on arrival

Citizens of all other countries except  Somalia may obtain a visa for Uganda on arrival.[8] As of 22 July 2016, the price is US $50.[9][10] Electronic visas are expected to replace the visa on arrival facility. As a temporary measure, passengers who have not applied for an e-visa on line, will still be able to apply for their e-visa on arrival in Uganda. However, facilities will be very limited and passengers may experience delays.[11]
Holders of consular, diplomatic, official, service or special passports of any country can obtain a visa on arrival for 3 months.

East African Tourist Visa

The 90-day East African Tourist Visa is also available on arrival, which is valid for Uganda, Kenya, and Rwanda[10] if first used in the country that issued the visa.[citation needed] The fee for this visa is $100.

Entry Refusal

Entry and transit is refused to nationals of  Somalia if not holding a biometric passport, even if not leaving the aircraft and proceeding by the same flight.

See also


  1. ^ "Embassy of the Republic of Uganda, Washington DC - USA".
  2. ^ "Visas and Passes - Directorate of Citizenship and Immigration Control".
  3. ^
  4. ^ STATEMENT OF TREATIES AND INTERNATIONAL AGREEMENTS Registered or filed and recorded with the Secretariat during the month of January 2019
  5. ^ [1]
  6. ^ "Uganda e-Visa".
  7. ^ Nakaweesi, Dorothy (8 July 2016). "Uganda: Government Launches E-Visa to Attract Investment" – via AllAfrica.
  8. ^ a b "Country information (visa section)". Timatic. International Air Transport Association (IATA) through Olympic Air. Retrieved 1 April 2017.
  9. ^ "Uganda Slices Visa Fees To $50 - Habari Trails Adventures".
  10. ^ a b Ssuuna, Ignatius (7 March 2014). "East Africa: Single Visa to Boost East Regional Tourism" – via AllAfrica.
  11. ^ [2]