Applying for Uganda Visa Online – Step by Step

In preparation for an upcoming trip to Uganda and Rwanda, we were advised to apply for a Uganda visa in advance of arrival. Below are the steps involved in the online application process.

  • Go to Uganda Electronic Visa/ Permit Application System website (https://www.visas.immigration.go.ug).
  • Click on Red Button – Start a new application.
  • Read and Accept Disclaimer.
  • Select Visa or permit type – Visa.
  • Select Category. We selected “Uganda Ordinary/ Tourist Visa” since we are only visiting Uganda and Rwanda on this trip. We will purchase the Rwanda visa upon arrival to that country.
  • Select Subcategory – Single Entry.
  • You will need the following supporting documents: a copy of your passport bio-date page, a recent passport-size photo, and a certificate for your yellow fever vaccination. Scanned copies of these files will need to be uploaded. Minimum file size is 5 KB and max file size is 250 KB.
    • Uganda now recognizes yellow fever vaccinations are effective for a lifetime, not just 10 years as in the past.
  • Fill in the Personal Data fields. If you have your previous passport available, have the number on hand to enter on this page. We didn’t have access to our expired passports so put “unknown” in that field.
  • Double check all information and submit.
  • Note your application ID for further reference.
  • Click red Pay button. The cost of the single entry Visa with the processing fee was $51.50 USD. After payment was processed, the website returned to the home page.
  • Within a few minutes, we received two emails from the Directorate of Citizenship and Immigration Control.
    • The first email showed payment as received. This email also had a link to track the status of our application.
    • The second email showed the application as received. This email also had a link to track the status of our application.
  • If you have any questions before, during or after the application process, there is a helpful FAQ page.
  • Per the FAQ page, “your approval letter sent by email or downloaded through the Uganda electronic Visa/Permit website establishes that you are eligible for the approved visa or permit, but does not establish that your applicant is definitely approved. This final approval will be done at the selected point of entry (in the case of a visa) or at the Immigration Office Headquarters where the visa or permit sticker will be printed and it will be pasted to the passport.”

We hope you found these details helpful.