Any person intending to enter into Uganda should do so only for lawful purposes and in accordance with national immigration laws, guidelines and formalities.

Foreign nationals intending to enter Uganda for purposes of employment should comply with requirements for expatriate employment in Uganda.

  • All visa prone nationalities must obtain Uganda visas to facilitate their entry into the country.
  • All travellers to the Repubic of Uganda MUST have a valid Yellow Fever Immunization card.
Category/description of visaCost

Single entry

Multiple entry visa 6-12 months

Multiple entry visa 24 months
Multiple entry visa 36 months

Students (Entry Visa for students who are not nationals of East African Cooperation.)

East African Tourist Visa (Three months Multiple Entry for Kenya, Rwanda and Uganda)
Residents of Kenya, Rwanda and Uganda travelling to any of the three countries can now enter the alternative Partner State without paying for visas.

Gratis visa                                                                                                                                      








Note: visas do not permit gainful or voluntary employment in Uganda

  1. Entry into or exit from Uganda should be made only through gazetted ports of entry/exit
  2. List of visa exempt nationalities i.e. nationals of countries that do not pay for Uganda visas

Visa Exemptions:

Nationalities that do not pay for Visa while entering Uganda i.e. nationals of countries that do not pay for Uganda visas:

COMESA (Angola,Eritrea, Malawi, Madagascar, Seychelles,Swaziland, Zambia, Comoros, Kenya, Mauritius, Zimbabwe) 

EAC (Tanzania, Rwanda, Kenya,  Burundi)

OTHERS (Antigua, Barbados, Fiji, Grenada, Lesotho, Sierra Leone, Solomon Islands, The Grenadines, Vanuatu, Cyprus, Bahamas, Belize, Gambia, Jamaica, Malta, Singapore, St. Vincent-Tonga.

Any other exemption as may be specified on arrival

Advisory on Forex rates for certain dollar bills in Uganda

Travelers are encouraged to obtain dollar bills newer than 2003 for the best exchange rate. Older or torn bills will fetch lower value at all Forex Bureaus or may not be accepted outside Kampala. Small dollar bills in the denominations of $20, $10, $5, $1 and coins also fetch low value on Ugandan market. It's therefore important that you carry newer bills in the denominations of $50 and $100 for the best exchange rates in Uganda.


East African Tourist Visa

The East Africa Tourist Visa will allow travel between Kenya, Rwanda and Uganda with the same multiple entry visa.

This visa is the result of a joint initiative made by the Heads of States of the respective partner countries to boost regional travel and create opportunities for tourists to explore the diversity of East Africa.

Travelers from any country can obtain a multiple entry visa that will allow entry to the Republic of Kenya, the Republic of Rwanda, and the Republic of Uganda for tourism over period of 90 days.

Information and Eligibility 

  • Eligible Person: Tourist, no restrictions on country of origin
  • Dependents: All persons must apply in their own right.
  • Travel Documents: All tourists must have an official and genuine international passport, valid for not less than 6 months from the time of visa application. 
  • Validity of Visa: 90 days
  • Single of Multiple Entry: Multiple entry to all three countries
  • Work or no Work: Work is not permitted
  • Visa Extension: An East Africa Tourist Visa shall not be extended.
  • Country of Entry: The holder of the East Africa Tourist Visa shall enter the region from the country that issued the visa and move within the two other countries without applying for another visa or paying another visa fee.
  • Movement of persons: The holder shall also be allowed to move out of the Republic of Kenya, the Republic of Rwanda, and the Republic of Uganda and return without having to pay for another visa. This will only be applicable for the validity period of the visa (90 days from visa approval)

Gratis Visa

Government officials traveling on official business must submit visa applications with the following supporting documents:

For US Government officials;

A letter from State Department clearly indicating the details of the traveling official, purpose of travel, host institution and period of stay in Uganda. 

For non-US citizens traveling on official business;

A Note Verbale from their respective Ministry of Foreign Affairs or diplomatic Mission in the US clearly stating the details of the traveling official, purpose of travel, host institution and period of stay in Uganda. 

Holders of Travel Documents 

Holders of travel documents (non-passports) issued by the U.S. Immigration Department to refugees are required to submit the following in addition to the above requirements:

  1. An invitation letter from the host legally residing in Uganda.
  2. The host must obtain a letter from the local authorities (such as Local Council I Chairman) confirming that he/she resides in that locality.
  3. A copy of a Photo ID of the host in Uganda, such as a driver's license, national ID card, passport, etc.
  4. A copy of the travel itinerary or airplane ticket clearly showing Uganda as the destination.