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In 2016, the Government of Uganda eased Visa processing for all visa-prone travelers by automating an Application Portal accessed at  Any person intending to travel to Uganda must apply online and have a Travel Authorization/Visa Approval Letter before embarking on their travel to Uganda as there are no visas issued on arrival.

These are the procedures of applying for a Ugandan Visa online.

Step-1: Log onto ,start a new application and accept the disclaimer.

Step-2: Choose the;

  1. Application type (Visa).
  2. Category (Ordinary, Multiple-Entry, Diplomatic and Official, Transit, East Africa Tourist Visa).
  3. Subcategory (single-entry, multiple-entry for 6-12 months, 12-24 months or 24-36 months).

 Step-3: Fill the electronic form (Personal details of applicant).

 Step-4: Add required documents depending on the category and reason for travel (Copy of recent passport size photograph, Copy of passport bio-data page, Yellow Fever Vaccination Certificate, Recommendation letter, Police clearance, Invitation Letter etc.)

 Step-5: Submit the application.

 Step-6: Make payment for the visa applied for using either a MasterCard or Visa Card





Single Entry Visa

US$ 50


Single East African Tourist Visa

US$ 100


Multiple Entry Visa-

  1. 6-12 months
  2. 24 months
  3. 36 months


US$ 100

US$ 150

US$ 200


Transit Visa

US$ 50

Once the application is submitted and paid for, it will be studied by an Immigration Officer upon which a decision will be made within 2-3 days. If approved, an email with the Travel Authorization/Approval letter will be sent to the Applicant who then proceeds to download it, print it and embark on their travel. Please note that during the approval process additional information may be required. You can track the status of your application by using the manage your application provision on the same portal. All applicants are advised to submit their visa applications at least ten days before their intended date of travel.

Visa fee exempt countries

On top of the standing COVID 19 SOPs for travelers to Uganda, nationals from visa fee exempt countries, are required to have an invitation or conference letter, valid passport for at least six months, yellow fever vaccination which they will present at the point of entry where the border control officers will allow entry. A list of countries whose citizens do not require visas to enter Uganda is here below enumerated;

  1. Angola
  2. Antigua and Barbuda
  3. Bahamas
  4. Barbados
  5. Belize
  6. Botswana
  7. Burundi
  8. Comoros
  9. Cuba
  10. Cyprus
  11. Eritrea


  1. Fiji
  2. Gambia
  3. Ghana
  4. Grenada
  5. Ireland
  6. Jamaica
  7. Kenya
  8. Lesotho
  9. Libya
  10. Madagascar
  1. Malawi
  2. Malaysia
  3. Malta
  4. Mauritius
  5. Rwanda
  6. Seychelles
  7. Sierra Leone
  8. Singapore
  9. Solomon Island
  10. South Sudan


  1. St. Vincent & the Grenadines
  2. Swaziland
  3. Tanzania
  4. Tonga
  5. Trinidad & Tobago
  6. Vanuatu
  7. Zambia
  8. Zimbabwe


Copies of this communication can be accessed at the Ministry of Internal Affairs Website: and the Directorate of Citizenship and Immigration Control’s Website:

For any clarification on this matter, please contact our Public Relations Office on telephones: 0800199004 or email:


Maj Gen Apollo Kasiita-Gowa