Uganda Online Visa Application

The Government of Uganda has introduced an online visa application system for all persons intending to visit Uganda for tourism or business.

Single entry visas into Uganda only cost 50 usd per person.

Applications for Ugandan Tourist visas should be made online at https://visas.immigration.go.ug

Information about documents required and payment for the online visa application can be found at https://visas.immigration.go.ug/#/help/visa

Type of visas available for application online inlcude:
Multiple entry
Single entry

Uganda tourist visas are NOT required by nationals of Ireland, the East Africa community, COMESA. Other nationals should check.


Once approved, an approval letter will be sent to the applicant. This letter should be printed out and presented, together with a valid passport / travel document at the Airport, along with payment in cash USD only.

ALL visa applications will need to be done online prior to arrival.  book

 

Weather

Uganda is  near the Equator. As a result the climate does not change much, this makes the country all year round destinations. The rainy seasons tend to be from March to April and October to November, but this varies in different areas and it can rain any time of year, especially in the gorilla parks areas. Travel can be slower in the rainy season but the views are often better.

Gorilla tracking can be muddier but remains open. In the mountainous areas it is much colder than on the plains and the rainfall is greater. The temperatures on the plains tend to be between 21°C and 30°C and in the mountainous areas they can go down to 10°C in certain months.

Our advice is to travel when it is most convenient and usually the rain, which is often for short periods, is part of the great experience.

 

Equipment for Gorilla Tracking

We recommend the following clothing and equipment for tracking the gorillas:

  • Warm clothes, including a fleece or light wool sweater, moisture-wicking undergarments, lightweight wool socks, long-sleeved shirt
  • Strong waterproof walking boots (comfortable for going up and down steep hills)
  • Sturdy walking trousers
  • A breathable lightweight rain poncho or ‘parka’ with a rain hat
  • Gloves to grip vegetation (inexpensive gardening gloves work well)
  • Sunglasses, sunscreen and sun hat
  • Torch
  • A good supply of rechargeable camera batteries and/or fast filmssdda
  • Binoculars
  • A small backpack to carry water and a packed lunch

It is best to wear layers of clothing as temperatures fluctuate. Early mornings on the mountains can be cold, although as the sun rises in the sky, and you climb, you will start to feel the heat. It rains often, generally in the afternoons.

The ranger guides will make you a walking stick, if needed, or you can borrow one from your lodge. You will find the walking sticks come in very useful when climbing up and down slippery slopes.

We recommend you to travel with your own adaptor, not all lodges will supply adaptors.

 

Flights

Women Tour Uganda does not organize or sell international flights. We have partnered with Renewills Tours and Travel, based in Entebbe, the leader in international flight planning, to assist our clients with arranging flights to Entebbe in Uganda.


Renewills Tours And Travel  work with each traveller to find the best choice of airlines, routes, and fares. womFor a co-coordinated and customized flight itinerary at a cost-effective price please contact Renewills Tours And Travel  www.renewillstoursandtravel.com, or email info@renewillstoursandtravel.com  they will immediately get back to you.

Flights to Uganda are available from Emirates, Qatar Airways, Turkish Airlines, Brussels Airlines, KLM, Egypt Air, Ethiopian Airlines, South Africa Airways and Kenya Airways, Etihad Airways, Fly Dubai, Rwanda Air and many more.

Flights within Uganda are offered by Aerolink which operates twice daily flights between Murchison Falls, Kibale Forest, Queen Elizabeth, Bwindi and Kidepo. Fly Uganda also offers scheduled flights to Murchison Falls, Kibale Forest, Queen Elizabeth, Bwindi and Kidepo.

 

Health, Fitness and Insuarance

yellowAll passengers travelling to Uganda are required to present a valid yellow fever vaccination certificate on arrival as a condition for entry in to the country.

Drink bottled or boiled water only.

It is a condition of booking that all clients must have, and must demonstrate to the company prior to their departure, adequate insurance for the duration of the tour. Medical services, especially up-country, are basic. Ensure your insurance cover includes medical and evacuation cover.

Bring any personal medication required. Anti-malaria tablets and mosquito repellent are essential.

 

Photography

Photography is not allowed near military buildings or soldiers. Before photographing people it is polite to ask. For digital photography, please bring extra batteries and a car charger as not all lodges/camps have electricity.photo

Flash photography is not allowed, so fast film is useful (400-1600 ASA). Personal DVD recorders are allowed. Professional filmmakers require permission and need to purchase filming permits. Those interested in photographing gorillas should note that photography is often easier when the weather is not sunny.

 

Money

Most costs are covered in the safari.

For personal expenditure cash is best, US$30-50 per day is a reasonable minimum. One US Dollar is about 3400 Ugandan Shillings. This can change depending on the daily rate.

Please be aware that only 2006 US Dollar bills  and above are usable. Bills should be in excellent condition with no stains or tears.

maaaCredit cards are accepted by very few outlets in Kampala and a few hotels/lodges up-country. Only cash is accepted by most places.

ATM machines are available in Kampala and some other places of the country.

 

Make a Payment

Our payments are made directly to our bank account which our staff will foward to your upon booking, however we also takes payments on Visa, American Express, Maestro and Mastercard in US Dollars Through our online Pesapal account below.

 

Security

Basic precautions should be taken, as in all countries, and common sense used. Do not carry excessive jewellery and money or leave them lying around.

Use safe deposit boxes where available, secure travel documents and valuables. Do not walk unescorted at night. If in doubt seek advice from your guide.

 

Telephone and Internet

International telephone communication is very good from Kampala but more difficult from some up-country areas. The mobile telephone network is good and rapidly expanding. Our safari guides have cell phones which can be used for incoming calls.

Most European or American mobile phones with a roaming agreement work in Uganda. Local SIM cards can be purchased cheaply (upon presentation of your passport).

Internet facilities are widely available in Kampala and in most major towns in Uganda although the quality and speed of the connection varies. Free Wi-Fi is available in in most of the lodges. However, the remote locations do affect connectivity. call