FAQ – Uganda Travel

1 what are the visa requirements in Uganda?

The Government of Uganda has introduced the online visa application system with effect from 01 July 2016.

*When you are visiting Uganda you must apply for a visa online:

Go to the website https://visas.immigration.go.ug/

Please make sure you have the following documents in .pdf, .jpeg, .png or .bmp format: a copy of your passport, copy of recent passport size photograph and a vaccination certificate (Yellow Fever)

Fill in the form (normally you need an “ordinary” visa, single entry)

When you send the form you will immediately receive a tracking code. This code helps you to keep track of how far your application has progressed. You can check its status from this webpage

The Ugandan authorities will send you a letter in the email after they have approved your application (please check you SPAM folder too)

Print this letter and bring it with you when you arrive at the overland border or at Entebbe International Airport. You need this letter to be allowed to purchase the entree visa there for US$ 50

Some nationalities do not require a visa, please check this in advance.

2 what are the health requirements?

*The government of Uganda requires proof of the yellow fever vaccination received at least 10 days before the arrival date before entry into Uganda.

*Travelers who do not meet the health requirement must be vaccinated at the airport with the possibility of isolation at the traveler’s own costs.

*All travelers should take malaria prophylactic drugs. Mosquito repellant is also one of the requirements advised to be in  possession by the traveler.

*Other vaccinations needed include;

-DTP

-Hepatitis

3 what language is spoken in Uganda?

*The official language  spoken in Uganda is English among over 30 and more native languages.

4 what is the climate in Uganda ?

*Uganda is a tropical country with higher altitude areas having cooler temperatures eg.( Kigezi highlands, mgahinga, rwenzori mountains, elgon mountains) etc  and the lower altitude areas having warmer temperatures.

*Uganda has only two seasons, that is; dry season and the wet season.

5 what to wear in Uganda

*Day time temperatures are generally warm and hence one has to wear light clothes and the evening temperatures are cooler especially in the high altitudes hence one has to carry s

sweaters, rain ponchos or heavy jackets.

*In case one is going for mountain climbing or primate tracking in the natural forests, a water proof jacket and hiking boots are required.

*In case of community walks you are advised to dress appropriately around  the natives  as it is culturally advised for people not to expose much of the body

6 what to bring

*You are advised to bring sunscreen, mosquito repellant, a valid passport, all the visa requirements to all the countries that you may wish to visit, a torch  and binoculars. And lastly do not to bring the wonderful smile.

7 About tipping

Tipping will always be appreciated and it is normal to tip 5-10% in hotels and restaurants. Guides and drivers should always be tipped US$ 5-15 per day depending on the group size, number of days and your satisfaction.

8 Money

Cash can be changed easily at major banks and foreign exchange (forex) bureaus. The forex bureaus offer slightly better exchange rates than the banks. At most banks and forex bureaus, small US dollar bills attract a much lower rate than $50 and $100 notes and the rate for travellers cheques is about 2% lower than they are for cash. Exchange rates in Kampala are up to 15% better than is the case elsewhere in the country, so stock up on shillings in the capital. Credit cards are not widely accepted, however they can be used in most shopping centers and hotels in Kampala

9 About bringing your pets to Uganda

Regulations governing importation of dogs and cats into Uganda

Movement permit

An official and authentic  ‘movement permit’ should be obtained from the veterinary authority of your area of origin.

Certificates

-A bill of health certifying that the pet is free from disease. It should be issued by a registered veterinary surgeon or official and should be properly signed and stamped within ten days of shipment.

-A certificate or letter from the local veterinary authorities indicating that the area of origin of the pet is free from rabies.

Vaccinations

-Dogs require vaccination against distemper, hepatitis, leptospirosis, parvo-virus and rabies. It should have been done not less than 30 days prior to arrival at any point of entry into Uganda

-Cats require vaccination against feline enteritis and rabies. It should have been done not less than 30 days prior to any arrival point into Uganda.

Transportation

While in transit, dogs and cats must not come into contact with other animals. To ensure this, each pet should be appropriately crated.

10 About driving in Uganda

You can drive in Uganda using a foreign license for up to 3 months, after which you will need to get a Ugandan driving license from Uganda revenue authority or an international driving permit. You will be given a temporary driving license which will be valid for one month after which you will take it back so as to get the real driver’s license. The driving licenses are valid for 3 years, after which they need to be renewed.

Traffic drives on the left in Uganda. The speed limit on high ways is 80km/h and 50km/h in the built areas. You might not see the speed limit signs frequently in some places but take extra care because police strictly enforces this law and breaking speed limits can result in a fine, imprisonment or even both. While driving on roads in Uganda be aware of animals crossing, boda- bodas, children and any other live stock.

11 Drinking water in Uganda

It is advisable to drink bottled water(mineral water) in Uganda as the water flowing from taps is not treated up to consumption levels. It is safe use tap water to brush teeth as long as you don’t swallow any of it. If you are not comfortable with this idea, use bottled water instead.