Uganda which is officially known as the Republic of Uganda is a landlocked nation in East Africa, bordered by Kenya in the east, by South Sudan in the north, by the Democratic Republic of Congo in the west, on the southwest by Rwanda, and by Tanzania in the southern direction. Uganda is the second most famous landlocked nation. The southern part of the nation incorporates the largest part of Lake Victoria, shared with Kenya and Tanzania, locating the nation in the African Great Lakes Region. Uganda likewise found in the Nile basin and has varied but generally equatorial climate.
Uganda takes its name from the Buganda kingdom, which encompasses an expansive part of the south of the nation including the capital Kampala. The people of Uganda were hunter-gatherers until 1,700 to 2,300 years back, when Bantu-speaking people moved to the southern parts of the nation.
Starting in the late 1800s, the region was governed as a colony by the British, who built administrative law over the region. Uganda got its independence from Britain on 9 October 1962. The period from that point forward has been marked by intermittent conflicts, most as of late a long civil war against the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), which has caused a huge number of casualties and displaced more than a million people.
The official language in Uganda is English. Luganda is the language used by most of the people in Uganda more especially in the Central region and various other languages are likewise spoken including Swahili. The current President of Uganda is Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, who came to power in an overthrow in 1986.
Requirements for Entry into Uganda
Any person aiming to enter into Uganda ought to do so just for legitimate purposes and as per national immigration laws, guidelines, and formalities.
Foreign nationals aiming to enter Uganda for purposes of employment ought to conform to prerequisites for expatriate employment in Uganda.
1. All visa inclined nationalities must get Uganda visas to facilitate their entry into Uganda.
2. Uganda visas may be obtained at Uganda missions abroad or on landing in the country’s ports of entry
3. Visa fees
|Category of visa||Cost|
|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|
Note: visas do not permit gainful or voluntary employment in Uganda
Entry into or exit from Uganda should be made only through gazetted ports of entry/exit
List of visa-exempt nationalities i.e. nationals of countries that do not pay for Uganda visas
Solomon Islands, The Grenadines
Any other exemption as may be specified on arrival
Each planning guest is obliged to carry a genuine passport/travel document with validity beyond one year.
All arriving guests will be obliged to fill in entry declaration cards on arrival and ought to consent to other immigration customs including the procurement of required biometric information. Arrival/departure declarations cards are available at the arrival lounge.
Immigration authorities at the port of arrival reserve the right of admission.
A guest’s pass for a particular duration of time will be conceded by the Immigration Authorities on arrival to allow the holder’s stay in the nation for the period granted in the past.
Arriving guests ought not to carry or convey substances or merchandise prohibited by customs. (Contact Uganda Revenue Authority for details on prohibited substances)
Visitors ought not to exceed their guests pass else they will be subjected to a fine of U$ 30 for every day and other appropriate lawful activity including prosecution and deportation.
Engagement in employment on the basis of travelers pass is strictly denied. Offenders will be prosecuted.
Where guests seek to stay longer than the period granted in the guest’s pass on arrival, the extension of the period ought to be sought for from the Immigration Headquarters in Kampala or respective local office before the expiry of the initial guest’s pass. Save for aside for East African Community (EAC) nationals, extension sought by other foreign nationals should not exceed six months in total.
Requirements for Extension of Visitor’s Pass
Fill extension of visitor’s pass form
Attach Covering letter from applicant or host if applicable
Attach immigration status of host (if applicable)
Attach Copy of confirmed return air- ticket
Attach Copy of passport/travel document
Provide Original passport for endorsement of the facility
All foreign nationals entering and residing in Uganda must comply with immigration legislation and other national laws of the country during their stay in Uganda.