Monday, January 19, 2015

UGANDA VISA APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS



The Visa Section at the Uganda High Commission is open to the public Monday to Friday from 10:00a.m. to 1:00pm only (except on Public Holidays in Uganda and the United Kingdom). The period for processing a visa application is two working days (i.e. 48 hours). Collection is between 10:00a.m and 1:00p.m. Applications for visas may be submitted by mail or in person. A stamped, self addressed and registered envelope must be included with applications submitted by mail.
Applicants are advised to submit their completed applications well in advance of the proposed date of departure.
VISA APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS FOR:
A. ALL PASSPORTS (INCLUDING UK RED PASSPORT HOLDERS):
1.   One duly filled application form by each applicant.
2.   One passport size photograph attached to each application form.
3.   Passport valid for at least six months from the proposed date of entry.
4.   Correct visa fee (£35 for single entry visa & £80 for six-month multiple entry visa).
5.   Letter of invitation/introduction, if travelling on business.
6. Applicants may be requested to submit additional supporting documentation.
B. UK TRAVEL DOCUMENT HOLDERS (BLUE/BROWN)
1.   One duly filled application form by each applicant.
2.   One passport size photograph attached to each application form.
3.   Travel Document valid for at least six months from the proposed date of entry.
4.   Correct visa fee (£35 for single entry visa & £80 for six-month multiple entry visa).
5.   Invitation letter from Ugandan company or friends.
6.   Photocopies of invitee’s passport (Pages 1, 45 and data page with picture) to be faxed from Uganda.
7.   Applicant’s Bank Statements for the last three months.
8.   Sponsor’s Bank Statements for the last three months.
9.   Evidence of travel arrangements (booking details).
10. Leave Approval Letter from your UK employer/educational institution.
11. Applicant’s utility bills (i.e. Gas, Electricity, Water, and Residence Telephone).
12. Please note that in addition to these requirements, you may be required to give additional information by way of interview.
UK Travel Document holders are advised not to purchase a ticket before obtaining a visa. Visa processing time for UK Travel Document holders is within 5 working days.
Visa Fees:
Single entry visa:
A Single entry visa is valid for three months from the date of issue and costs £35 (in the UK) or $50 (at entry point in Uganda).
Visa fees must be paid in cash (exact money please) or a postal money order payable to UGANDA HIGH COMMISSION, on submission of visa application. Cheques are not accepted. Please note that the visa fee is non-refundable.
Please note that failure to complete the application form fully may result in the issuance of a visa being delayed or refused.
Multiple entry visa:
A six-month multiple entry visa costs £80 (eighty pounds). Other categories of multiple entry visas (12 months, 24 months & 36 months) can be applied for at the Ministry of Internal Affairs, Kampala. Information on these other categories can be got on the Ministry of Internal Affairs’ website: www.mia.go.ug.
LIST OF COUNTRIES WHOSE NATIONALS DO NOT REQUIRE TO PAY FOR A VISA TO ENTER UGANDA:
Angola, Antigua, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Burundi, Comoros, Cyprus, Eritrea, Fiji, Gambia, Grenada, Italy (Diplomatic Passport holders only), Jamaica, Ireland, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Malta, Mauritius, Madagascar, Rwanda, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Solomon Islands, St. Vincent and Grenadines, Swaziland, Tanzania, Tonga, Vanuatu, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Nationals of these countries are issued gratis (free of charge) visas upon their arrival.
IMMIGRATION INFORMATION FOR INTENDING VISITORS TO UGANDA
1.  Uganda visas may be obtained at Uganda missions abroad or on arrival at the country’s exit /entry stations.
2.   Entry should be made only through the country’s gazetted ports of entry/exit.
3.  Every visitor will be required to carry a passport with validity beyond six months.
4.   All arriving visitors will be required to fill in arrival declaration cards on arrival. The cards are available at the arrival lounge.
5.  No arriving visitor should carry or convey substances or goods prohibited by customs. (Contact Uganda Revenue Authority website: www.ura.go.ug  for details on prohibited substances under the “Customs Tax Guides” tab).
6.   Visitors should not overstay their visa validity otherwise they will be subjected to a fine of U$ 30 per day and other appropriate legal action.
7.   Where visitors seek to stay longer than the period granted on arrival, extension of the period should be sought from the Immigration Headquarters in Kampala before expiry of the initial visitor’s pass.
8.   All visitors must comply with immigration legislation and other national laws of the country during their stay in Uganda.
Please visit the Ministry of Internal Affairs’ website: www.mia.go.ug for information on how to apply for:
1.      Work permits
·         Class A (Government Diplomatic Service)
·         Class A2 (Government Contracts)
·         Class B (investment in Agriculture)
·         Class C (Mining)
·         Class D(Business and Trade)
·         Class E (Manufacturers)
·         Class F (Professional)
·         Class G 1 (volunteers, NGO workers, Missionaries)
·         Class G 2 (Employees)
·         Change of employment
2.      Certificate of residence
3.      Dependant pass



Uganda,Kenya and Rwanda launch joint visa at ITB

   Tourists will now be required to pay $100 for a 90-day multiple-entry visa that will allow them to enter all three countries.

Kenya, Rwanda and Uganda Joint Visa Launching at ITB
6th March, 2014 Kenya, Rwanda and Uganda made an announcement on the introduction of the East African single joint visa, which took effect on 1st January 2014. The Kenya, Rwanda and Uganda Ministers and High Commissioners and Tourism Board Heads officially graced the launch of the new cross-border visa today at Kenya, Rwanda and Uganda common pavilion at this year’s Internationale Tourismus-Börse  (ITB) held annually in Berlin.
The tourist cross-border visa between Kenya, Rwanda and Uganda costs USD $100. The single tourist visa resulted from a joint initiative and decision made by the Heads of State of the respective countries. Before the establishment of the single entry visa for Kenya was USD $50 (approximately £30), for Uganda was USD $50 (approximately £30) and Rwanda was USD $30 (approximately £18).
Kenya’s Minister for East African Affairs, Commerce and Tourism Mrs Phyllis Kandie applauded the joint tourist move, ‘This will enrich the tourist product offering in Kenya, Rwanda and Uganda. The region will benefit from an increase of tourists and numbers of days spend in these countries that have a wide range of products. The region is bound to harvest a much larger share of the over 50 million tourists visiting Africa each year’.
The Chief Executive Officer of the Rwanda Development Board Ambassador Valentine Rugwabiza said: “The launch of the cross- border visa is a huge milestone in our regional integration efforts that will continue to largely benefit tourists. We have already felt its positive impact, since January 1st, 2014, as we are noticing an increasing number of travellers to the East African region. With this partnership, our unique selling point as a region is highlighted as we have a wide range of experiences to offer.”
“The launch of the East Africa single tourism visa at the Rwanda, Uganda and Kenya tripartite meeting is a strong signal of the East African commitment to the integration process and marketing East Africa as a single destination. The visitors from our source markets will be able to benefit from the Multiple Entry Visa provision to tour the sister countries.” Hon. Dr. Maria Mutagamba, the Uganda Minister of Tourism, Wildlife and Antiques confirmed.
Uganda is delighted to join her neighbours in providing greater value for the tourists and facilitating the movement of people through the Great Rift Valley states that share much commonality but provide a diverse range of natural and cultural attractions. The minister further notes that this initiative will make the region more competitive and is bound to reduce the cost of doing business in the region.
The introduction of the Joint tourist visa has so far boosted regional travel, adding value to the tourism product offerings of these countries and highlighted the diversity of East Africa.




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