Uganda : Factfile


GMT + 3 hours


English is the official language. Swahili, Luganda and other Bantu languages are also spoken.


Uganda Shilling (UGX). US$ are also widely used. Credit cards are not widely used but are generally accepted in larger hotels, restaurants and tourist operations. ATMs are available in the larger cities.


British Airways (direct), Kenya Airways, Emirates, South African Airways, KLM, Air France

Flight time from UK

Approximately 9.5 hours direct; up to approximately 18 hours with stopovers

Visa requirements

Uganda Immigration have implemented the use of Electronic Visas from 01 July and all visitors require this in advance of your trip. All visitors who require an entry visa and do not yet have one, must apply through the online application system prior to arrival. You are required to upload clear copies of current passport, Yellow fever certificate and Passport photo. On completion of the online application you will receive a barcoded email notification. Print out this email and bring it with you to Uganda.

Upon arrival at Entebbe International Airport or any other border (entry point) you must present the barcoded email. The immigration officer will scan the barcode, take your finger prints and photo and ask for the $50 cash payment for the visa. (Please note, Uganda only accepts USD bills dated 2006 or newer and in excellent condition). A visa sticker will be printed with your photo and placed in your passport. Online applications must be made through the visa immigration website on

Please note you may now purchase a joint visa for Kenya, Rwanda and Uganda for $100.

CIBT: If you would like help applying for your visas in advance, you can download a form online at

Health requirements

You should seek up-to-date advice regarding inoculations and health precautions from your GP or travel clinic as soon as your departure date is known.

The MASTA (Medical Advisory Services for Travellers Abroad) website (09068 224100) will give you up-to-date advice, as well as the location of your nearest Travel Clinic. Another good website to visit for travel health advice is the NHS website

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