Foreign travel advice

Uganda

Entry requirements

The information on this page covers the most common types of travel and reflects the UK government’s understanding of the rules currently in place. Unless otherwise stated, this information is for travellers using a full ‘British Citizen’ passport.

The authorities in the country or territory you’re travelling to are responsible for setting and enforcing the rules for entry. If you’re unclear about any aspect of the entry requirements, or you need further reassurance, you’ll need to contact the embassy, high commission or consulate of the country or territory you’re travelling to.

You should also consider checking with your transport provider or travel company to make sure your passport and other travel documents meet their requirements.

Visas 

British nationals need a visa to enter Uganda. With effect from 1 July 2016, Uganda has introduced an ‘e-visa’ system. You should apply online for an ‘e-visa’ as far in advance of travel as possible.

If successful, you’ll receive an authorisation document by email, which you should print out and give to immigration officials on arrival in Uganda (or at the Ugandan High Commission or other Ugandan diplomatic mission overseas if you wish to apply for a visa to be issued in your passport in advance of travel).

The Ugandan Ministry of Internal Affairs issued a statement on 22 July 2016, announcing that the cost of a standard, single-entry visit visa had been reduced to $50. You’ll need to bring this amount with you in cash (US dollars only) on arrival. Check the Ugandan Directorate of Citizenship and Immigration Control website for the latest information on visa fees.

Ugandan immigration officers decide how long tourists are permitted to stay in Uganda when they enter the country. This is usually between 2 weeks and 3 months, and the immigration officer will normally enter a handwritten note of this period next to the entry stamp in your passport. You can be fined and/or imprisoned for overstaying your visa. You can apply to extend the period of your stay at Ugandan immigration headquarters on Jinja Road in Kampala.

For more information about entry requirements, visit the Ugandan Directorate of Citizenship and Immigration Control website. If you’re arriving by road, it’s usually easier to get a visa before you travel.

Passport validity

Your passport should be valid for a minimum period of 6 months from the date of entry into Uganda.

UK Emergency Travel Documents

UK Emergency Travel Documents (ETDs) are accepted for entry, airside transit and exit from Uganda. ETDs must be valid for 6 months.

Yellow fever certificate requirements

Check whether you need a yellow fever certificate by visiting the National Travel Health Network and Centre’s TravelHealthPro website.