Visa Application Requirements


All Foreigners travelling to Uganda should obtain a visa from the Embassy before travelling. Only Nationals from the following countries are exempted from the visa requirement:

ANGOLA          ANTIGUA        BARBADOS      BELIZE         COMOROS       CYPRUS            ERITREA             FIJI 
GAMBI             GRENADA       ITALY               JAMAICA       KENYA             LESOTHO          MADAGASCAR
MALAWI           MALTA            MAURITIUS      RWANDA      SIERRA LEONE                          SINGAPORE 
TANZANIA       TONGA           VANUATU         ZAMBIA         ZIMBABWE

The Embassy of the Republic of Uganda in Ankara informs the general public that the Government of Uganda adopted the e-visa system (electronic visa) in 2017 for easier, quicker and more efficient service delivery to all those who wish to travel to Uganda. Therefore, from 25 March 2019, the Embassy will no longer issue manually processed visas.

Please note: All visa applications must be submitted online via the only official Uganda E-Visa website: . 

 The Visa Section at the Uganda Embassy is open to the public for visa  inquiries Monday to Wednesday and visa collection from Wednesday from 10:00a.m. to 4:00pm and Friday from 10:00a.m. to 1 :00pm only  (except on Public Holidays in Uganda and Turkey). Passports should also be collected in person by the applicant.

The application including payment must all be submitted/done online. During the approval process additional information may be required from the applicant who must submit the information electronically through "Manage your applications".

The decision taken on the application, including an Application Identification Number will be sent electronically to the applicant through his or her email. The Application Identification Number, Date of Birth and Passport Number are important for accessing "Manage application" to check the status of the application.

If approved, an approval letter will be sent as an attachment to the email provided by the applicant.

The approval letter does not guarantee entry into Uganda. Travelers will be subjected to secondary verification where necessary before the biometric capture or personalization. The applicant needs choose “Ankara” as “the Point of entry or where you want to have your visa personalised” to collect visa from as the biometric capture or personalization will be conducted at Uganda Embassy in Ankara.

Applicants are advised to only submit their application in a period that falls within 3 months of their departure from Uganda. The validity of an approved E-Visa is three months starting from the issue date.


All Types of Visas

  • ·         A bio-data page of a valid passport of not less than 6 months validity to the Immigration officer at the port of entry.
  • ·         A valid yellow fever vaccination certificate.
  • ·         A recent passport size photograph.
  • ·         Proof of accommodation in Uganda.
  • ·         Flight itinerary
  • ·         Criminal record
  • ·         Letter of invitation ( for visits and conferences)

Multiple Visa Requirements

  • ·         Recommendation letters from referee one (1) in Uganda
  • ·         Cover Letter stating reasons for Multiple Entry
  • ·         Recommendation letters from referee Two (2) in Uganda
  • ·         Proof entries and exits into Uganda in the last one year

Please note that in addition to these requirements, you may be asked to give additional information by way of interview.

Application Process:

Step-1: Choose the application type (Visa or Permit), category (Ordinary, Multiple-Entry, Diplomatic and Official, Transit, East Africa Tourist Visa), subcategory (single-entry, multiple-entry for 6-12 months, 12-24 months or 24-36 months)

Step-2: Fill the electronic form in English

Step-3: Add documents (Copy of recent passport size photograph, Copy of passport bio-data page, Yellow Fever Vaccination Certificate, Recommendation letter, Police clearance, etc.)

Step-4: Submit

Once the application is submitted it will be studied by an Immigration Officer. Please note that during the approval process additional information may be required. The new required information can be submitted electronically through

Upon submission, one receives a notification with an application number which he/she can use to track the application. The decision taken on the application will be sent electronically through the email provided by the applicant. If approved, an approval letter will be sent as an attachment to the email provided. Print it out and present it together with a valid passport /travel document of not less than 6 months' validity at the Embassy.

Frequently asked questions (FAQ's)

What is the official e-visa website for visiting Uganda?

I have previously visited Uganda and have been able to get a visa on arrival, is this still the case?

All applicants are advised to apply for a visa using the above mentioned website.

I have previously visited your Embassy alone/as a group when submitting visa applications for you to manually process, do you still offer this service?

No. Whether you are travelling alone or as a group, each applicant must apply through the above mentioned website and come to the Embassy.

Why does it say contact in Uganda is an 'invalid field'?

If applicants are completing this field and using a '+' sign when entering data such as a telephone number, they are advised to omit the '+' sign and write the full number, including relevant prefix, out.

On Step 3 when adding documents such as a copy of my passport, passport size photograph and vaccination certificate, i'm getting the error, 'file size is too big'?

There are many different websites and computer software, such as microsoft paint, which can allow you to adjust the size of this file accordingly.

How can i check the status of my application?

What happens if i am requested to add my documents?

Click 'Applications', 'manage my applications', fill in your information and select 'modify', adding the relevant document.

What happens once my visa is approved?

You can go to the place you chose to 'personalise' your visa, to have your fingerprints taken and your visa sticker put in your passport. This will be done at the Embassy in Ankara.