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Find out if you need a visa to travel to Canada

Most people need a visa or an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) to travel to Canada - not both. Some people may only need their valid passport. Answer a few questions to see what's right for you.

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You can find the country code on your passport. Be careful when you select your country. Some countries have multiple options and codes are quite similar.

Answer yes if you’re a citizen of Canada and another country.

requirements to travel to canada from uganda

Look on the front cover of your passport for the symbol of a rectangle with a circle in the middle. If you see this symbol, you have an electronic passport.

Answer: You need a visitor visa

For visits of up to 6 months for most purposes. Cost: CAN $100

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Answer: You need an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA)

For visits of up to 6 months or to transit via a Canadian airport. Cost: CAN $7

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Answer: You need a valid Canadian passport

You need a  valid Canadian passport  to travel to Canada by air (board your flight).

Exception: If you’re an American-Canadian dual citizen with a valid U.S. passport, you don’t need a Canadian passport to fly to Canada. However, you still need to  carry proper identification Opens in a new tab  and meet the basic requirements to enter Canada Opens in a new tab .

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Answer: You need a valid passport or travel document to travel to Canada by car, train, bus or boat

If you decide to fly to a Canadian airport instead, you'll need an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA).

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Answer: You need official proof of status in the U.S.

Lawful permanent residents of the U.S. must present these documents for all methods of travel to Canada:

  • a valid passport from their country of nationality (or an equivalent acceptable travel document ) and
  • a valid green card (or equivalent valid proof of status in the United States)

Answer: You need a transit visa 

To connect between 2 international flights, in less than 48 hours. Cost: Free

Note: If you have more than 48 hours between international flights OR if you decide to visit Canada, you need to apply for a visitor visa.

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Answer: You can apply for a parent and grandparent super visa to visit for more than 6 months

  • The super visa is for visits of 5 years at a time .
  • a letter from your child or grandchild with a promise to financially support you for the duration of your visit in Canada.
  • More information on approved insurance providers outside of Canada will be available in the coming months.
  • be valid for at least 1 year from the date of entry to Canada
  • provide at least $100,000 in emergency coverage.
  • You must apply for a super visa from outside Canada.
  • Cost: CAN $100

Note : If you don't meet the criteria for a super visa, you need to apply for a visitor visa.

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Note : If you don’t meet the criteria for a super visa, you need to apply for an electronic travel authorization (eTA). An eTA allows for visits of up to 6 months.

Note : If you don’t meet the criteria for a super visa, you can visit Canada for up to 6 months with a valid identity document. Bring identification such as a valid passport. Or, if a member of an official program such as Nexus, you may present your valid membership card.

If you don’t meet the criteria for a super visa, you can visit Canada for up to 6 months with

  • a valid passport from your country of nationality (or an equivalent acceptable travel document Opens in a new tab ) and
  • official proof of lawful permanent resident status in the U.S., such as a green card

Answer: You need a valid identity document

Bring identification such as a valid passport. Or, if a member of an official program such as Nexus, you may present your valid membership card.

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Answer: If we approve your study permit application, we’ll issue a visitor visa

  • You don’t need to submit a separate application for a visitor visa.

When you travel to Canada, bring your

  • letter of introduction that says your study permit application is approved, if you received one
  • valid passport that has your visitor visa stuck to one of its pages

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Answer: You should already have a valid visitor visa

We automatically issued a  visitor visa to you when we approved your first study or work permit.

If you leave and return to Canada,  you must travel with:

  • your valid study or work permit
  • If you don’t have a valid visa when you check-in for a flight, it may result in travel delays (or a missed flight).
  • your valid passport

Exception : If you return directly from a visit only to the United States or St. Pierre and Miquelon, you don’t need a valid visitor visa if your study or work permit is still valid.

If your visa has expired or was only valid for a single entry to Canada

You need to  apply for a new visa Opens in a new tab .

  • A visa costs CAN$100.
  • It’s valid for up to 10 years.

If your study or work permit will expire soon, you must extend it before you can apply for a new visitor visa.

You need a visitor visa to leave and return to Canada.  Apply for your visa before you leave.

You can apply for a visitor visa from inside Canada if you meet all the conditions below:

  • you’re already in Canada
  • you hold a valid study or work permit
  • you want to  leave and return to Canada  in the near future
  • your existing  visitor visa Opens in a new tab  is expired or was valid for only one entry

Exception : If you return  directly  from a visit only to the United States or St. Pierre and Miquelon, you don’t need a valid visitor visa if your study or work permit is still valid.

Processing times vary by country.  You may need to  give fingerprints and photo (biometrics) Opens in a new tab  with your application. Processing times  don’t include  the time you need to give biometrics.

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You need a  visitor visa  to travel to Canada.

A visitor visa:

  • is a sticker we put in your passport
  • costs CAN$100

Processing times vary by country.  You may need to  give your fingerprints and photo (biometrics) Opens in a new tab  with your application. Processing time  doesn’t include  the time you need to give biometrics.

Answer: Before you continue, find out if you need a study permit

You’ll need to answer some questions on another page to find out.

If you’re eligible to study without a study permit, you’ll need to come back to this page to find out what you need to travel to Canada.

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Answer: If we approve your work permit application, we’ll issue a visitor visa for you

  • letter of introduction that says your work permit application is approved, if you received one

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We automatically issued a  visitor visa to you when we approved your first work permit.

Processing times vary by country.  You may need to  give your fingerprints and photo (biometrics)  with your application. Processing time  doesn’t include  the time you need to give biometrics.

Apply for a visitor visa

Answer: Before you continue, find out if you need a work permit

If you’re eligible to work without a work permit, you’ll need to come back to this page to find out what you need to travel to Canada.

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Answer: If we approve your study permit application, we’ll issue an electronic travel authorization (eTA)

  • You don’t need to submit a separate application for an eTA.

If you get a new passport before you come to Canada, you’ll need to apply for a new eTA if you plan to fly to a Canadian airport.

Answer: You need an eTA to leave and return to Canada

Your study permit lets you study in Canada. If you plan to leave and return to Canada, you need to make sure you have what you need to re-enter the country.

What you need depends on your travel plans.

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If you re-enter by a Canadian airport (fly back to Canada)

You must have:

  • the passport that’s linked to a valid eTA and
  • your valid study permit
  • costs CAN $7
  • is electronically linked to your passport

If you received your current study permit on or after August 1, 2015, you may have a valid eTA.

If you don’t have an eTA or yours has expired, you’ll need to apply for a new eTA.

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If you re-enter Canada by car, boat, bus or train

  • a valid passport and

Answer: If you fly to a Canadian airport, you need an eTA

  • costs CAN$7

Most applicants get their eTA approval (via an email) within minutes. However, some requests  can take several days  to process if you’re asked to submit supporting documents.

If you drive or arrive by train, bus or boat

You just need a  valid passport or travel document Opens in a new tab  to get to Canada by car, train, bus or boat.

Answer: If we approve your work permit application, we’ll issue an electronic travel authorization (eTA) for you

  • valid passport that you used to apply for your work permit

If you get a new passport before you come to Canada, you’ll need to apply for a new eTA if you plan to fly to a Canadian airport.

Your work permit lets you work in Canada. If you plan to leave and return to Canada, you need to make sure you have what you need to re-enter the country.

  • your valid work permit

If you received your current work permit on or after August 1, 2015, you may have a valid eTA.

  • your valid work or study permit

Answer: You don’t need to apply for a visitor visa or eTA

  • valid passport or travel document that you used to apply for your work or study permit

When you travel to Canada, you must bring your:

  • letter of introduction that says your study permit application is approved

Answer: You don’t need an eTA or a visitor visa

If you’re driving or arriving by train, bus, or boat.

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If you fly to or transit through a Canadian airport

You just need to travel with your valid U.S. passport if you fly or transit through a Canadian airport.

  • valid passport or travel document that you used to apply for your work permit
  • valid work or study permit

Answer: Your permit is not an eTA or a visa

When you extend your study permit, you’ll also be issued an eTA if you don’t already have one. When you fly to a Canadian, you must have:

  • the passport that’s linked to your valid eTA  and
  • a valid visitor and

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When you extend your work permit, you’ll also be issued an eTA if you don’t already have one. When you fly to a Canadian, you must have:

  • a valid visitor visa and

Answer: You’re eligible to apply for an eTA

You can apply for an  eTA  if you travel to Canada  by air only .

  • is only valid when flying to or transiting through a Canadian airport

Most applicants get their eTA approval within minutes (via email). However, some requests  can take several days  to process if you’re asked to submit supporting documents.

If you already have a  valid Canadian visitor visa  you don’t need to apply for an eTA. You can travel with your visa until it expires.

If your travel plans change

You need a  visitor visa  (not an eTA) if you decide to  get to Canada by car, train, bus or boat  instead.

Answer: You don’t need to apply for a visitor visa or eTA

  • valid passport or travel document that you used to apply for your study permit and
  • official proof of U.S. lawful permanent resident status

Answer: You need valid proof of lawful permanent resident status of the U.S. to leave and return to Canada

  • valid study permit,
  • valid passport or travel document that you used to apply for your study permit, and

Answer: You don’t need an eTA or a visitor visa

  • valid passport or travel document and

You’ll need to answer some questions on another page to find out.

If you’re eligible to study without a study permit, you’ll need to come back to this page to find out what you need to travel to Canada.

  • valid passport or travel document that you used to apply for your work permit and
  • valid work permit
  • valid work permit,

If you’re eligible to work without a work permit, you’ll need to come back to this page to find out what you need to travel to Canada.

Answer: You’re eligible to apply for an eTA

If you already have a  valid Canadian visitor visa , you don’t need to apply for an eTA. You can travel with your visa until it expires.

If you transit through Canada to or from the United States

You  may  be able to  transit through Canada without a visa or eTA if you meet certain eligibility requirements.

You need an official proof of status as a lawful permanent resident of the U.S., such as one of the following:

  • valid permanent resident card (Form I-551)
  • foreign passport with an unexpired temporary I-551 stamp (also known as an Alien Documentation, Identification and Telecommunication [ADIT] stamp)
  • foreign passport with a temporary I-551 printed notation (“Upon endorsement serves as temporary I-551 evidencing permanent residence for 1 year”) on a machine-readable immigrant visa upon endorsement with a U.S. Customs and Border Protection admission stamp
  • expired permanent resident card (Form I-551) with Form I-797 (Notice of Action) for pending Form I-751 (Petition to Remove Conditions on Residence) or Form I-829 (Petition by Investor to Remove Conditions on Permanent Resident Status)
  • expired permanent resident card (Form I-551) with Form I-797 (Notice of Action) for pending Form I-90 (Application to Replace Permanent Resident Card [Green Card])
  • valid re-entry permit (Form I-327)
  • Form I-94 with an unexpired temporary I-551 stamp (ADIT stamp) and a passport-style photo

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Return or travel to canada.

For all travellers entering Canada by air, land or marine mode:

  • Proof of COVID-19 vaccination is not required
  • Pre-board testing is not required
  • COVID-19 pre-entry and arrival tests are not required
  • Quarantine after you enter Canada is not required
  • to save time at the border, you can use Advance Declaration in ArriveCAN to submit your customs and immigration declaration before flying into Canada
  • Pre-boarding tests for cruise passengers are not required
  • As always, travel documents are required
  • Health checks to board planes and trains are not required
  • It's strongly recommended that you wear a well-constructed and well-fitted mask or respirator while you travel

If you have symptoms of COVID-19 , you shouldn't travel to Canada.

If you feel sick or experience any symptoms of COVID-19 during your travel to Canada or upon arrival, you should:

  • inform the flight attendant, cruise staff or a border services officer upon arrival. You may be referred to a Quarantine Officer for a health assessment and further direction.
  • avoid taking public transportation
  • check provincial or territorial requirements for what you need to do if you’re symptomatic or have tested positive for COVID-19

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Wearing masks on planes and trains in Canada is not required.

  • It's still strongly recommended that you wear a high quality and well-fitted mask or respirator while you travel

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The Government of Canada will continue to monitor the situation. See the COVID-19 border measures backgrounder .

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Government of Canada expands restrictions to international travel by land and air

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The Government of Canada is announcing today further testing and quarantine requirements for international travellers arriving to Canada’s air and land ports of entry. These new measures will help prevent variants of concern from reaccelerating the pandemic and making it more difficult to contain.

February 12, 2021 | Ottawa, ON | Government of Canada

Canada has some of the strictest travel and border measures in the world, including a mandatory 14-day quarantine for everyone returning to the country. With new COVID-19 variant detections increasing in the country, the Government of Canada is announcing today further testing and quarantine requirements for international travellers arriving to Canada’s air and land ports of entry. These new measures will help prevent variants of concern from reaccelerating the pandemic and making it more difficult to contain.

For travellers arriving to Canada by land, as of February 15, 2021, all travellers, with some exceptions, will be required to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 molecular test result taken in the United States within 72 hours of pre-arrival, or a positive test taken 14 to 90 days prior to arrival. In addition, as of February 22, 2021, travellers entering Canada at the land border will be required to take a COVID-19 molecular test on arrival as well as toward the end of their 14-day quarantine.

All travellers arriving to Canada by air, as of February 22, 2021, with some exceptions, will be required to take a COVID-19 molecular test when they arrive in Canada before exiting the airport, and another toward the end of their 14-day quarantine period. With limited exceptions, air travellers, will also be required to reserve, prior to departure to Canada, a 3-night stay in a government-authorized hotel. Travellers will be able to book their government-authorized stay starting February 18, 2021. These new measures are in addition to existing mandatory pre-boarding and health requirements for air travellers.

Finally, at the same time on February 22, 2021, all travellers, whether arriving by land or air will be required to submit their travel and contact information, including a suitable quarantine plan, electronically via ArriveCAN before crossing the border or boarding a flight.

The Government of Canada continues to strongly advise Canadians to cancel or postpone any non-essential travel, including vacation plans, outside Canada. Foreign nationals should likewise postpone or cancel travel plans to Canada. Now is not the time to travel.

“I want to thank Canadians who continue to make sacrifices to protect each other from COVID-19. We continue to detect variants of concerns, and this is why we are putting these additional measures in place. Now is not the time to travel, so please cancel any plans you might have." The Honourable Patty Hajdu Minister of Health
“With these additional COVID testing requirements and safety measures at the land border we are taking extra steps to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and its variants. As we do for air travel, we are now also requiring travellers by land to provide information using ArriveCAN to facilitate processing and limit points of contacts between border services officers and travellers. We’ll always prioritize the health and safety of Canadians as we make decisions.” The Honourable Bill Blair Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness
“We’re moving forward with these critical measures to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and the introduction of new variants of the virus into Canada. At the same time, we recognize the importance of the continued movement of goods and the ongoing delivery of essential services in Canada. Our government’s response to this pandemic includes necessary measures to protect the health and safety of Canadians while keeping our economy going.” The Honourable Omar Alghabra Minister of Transport

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Canadians citizens, persons registered under the Indian Act and permanent residents arriving by land to Canada, who do not present a valid COVID-19 molecular test, will be allowed entry, but may be subject to a fine of up to $3,000 per day or face criminal prosecution. Travellers may also be required to go to a designated quarantine facility if they are symptomatic on arrival at the border, or do not have a suitable quarantine plan.

Foreign nationals who have obtained an exemption to enter Canada, will be refused entry, with limited exceptions, if they do not have a valid COVID-19 molecular test result. 

Failure to provide accurate information is an offence under the Quarantine Act . In addition, violating any quarantine or isolation instructions provided to travellers by a screening officer or quarantine officer when entering Canada is an offence under the Quarantine Act and could lead to serious penalties, including 6 months in prison and/or $750,000 in fines.

Exemptions continue to be in place to ensure that economic supply chains continue between Canada and the U.S. The Government of Canada is closely engaging the Biden Administration on our respective border measures and we continue to keep the lines of communication open.

Associated links

  • Infographic for travellers arriving by air
  • Infographic for travellers arriving by land
  • Backgrounder - Additional testing and more stringent quarantine requirements for travel to Canada
  • COVID-19: Travel, quarantine and borders
  • COVID-19 measures, updates, and guidance issued by Transport Canada
  • Group Exemption from Quarantine under 6(e) of the Order

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Uganda - level 3: reconsider travel.

Uganda Level 3 – Reconsider Travel C T O

Reissued with updates to terrorism information.

Reconsider travel to Uganda due to  crime, terrorism , and  anti-LGBTQI+ legislation . Some areas have increased risk. Read the entire Travel Advisory.

Country summary:  There remains a threat of  terrorist attacks  in Uganda and throughout the region. Numerous terrorist attacks have occurred in Uganda, to include religious venues, schools, and areas frequented by tourists, resulting in the deaths of Ugandans as well as foreign visitors.  U.S. citizens should remain alert and avoid large public gatherings. In October 2023, ISIS-Central Africa claimed responsibility for killing two international tourists and a Ugandan driver within Queen Elizabeth National Park.

Violent crime , such as armed robbery, home invasion, and sexual assault, presents a serious threat to those visiting and residing in Uganda and can occur at any time, especially in larger cities, including Kampala, Jinja and Entebbe, in the Karamoja region, and along Uganda’s western and northern borders. Local police may lack appropriate resources to respond effectively to serious crime in most areas.

The May 2023 Anti-Homosexuality Act raises the  risk that LGBTQI+ persons, and those perceived to be LGBTQI+, could be prosecuted and subjected to life imprisonment or death based on provisions in the law , and may be subject to mandatory reporting to the police if they are suspected of committing or intending to commit acts in violation of the law, and could face harassment or attacks by vigilantes. Those perceived to support the dignity and human rights of LGBTQI+ persons (including those of youth under the age of 18) could be prosecuted and imprisoned for multi-year sentences.   Even an unsubstantiated accusation of supporting the LGBTQI+ community can create risks from police and vigilantes.  Read the country information page for additional information on travel to Uganda.

If you decide to travel to Uganda:

  • Remain alert and avoid large public gatherings.
  • Keep a low profile.
  • Be aware of your surroundings.
  • Do not display signs of wealth, such as expensive watches or jewelry.
  • Use caution when walking or driving at night.
  • Remain with a group of friends in public.
  • Do not physically resist any robbery attempt.
  • Do not open your door for people at your hotel/residence unless you know who it is.
  • Do not leave food and drinks unattended in public, especially in local clubs.
  • Stay alert in locations frequented by foreign tourists.
  • Be extra vigilant when visiting banks or ATMs.
  • Carry a copy of your passport and visa (if applicable) and secure originals in your hotel safe.
  • Provide your itinerary to a family member or friend.
  • Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program  (STEP)  to receive Alerts and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.
  • Be mindful that any public identification with the LGBTQI+ community, as either a member or supporter, could be grounds for prosecution, and that even private consensual same-sex relations are illegal.
  • Follow the Department of State on  Facebook  and  Twitter .
  • Review the  Country Security Report  for Uganda.
  • Prepare a contingency plan for emergency situations.  Review the Traveler’s Checklist.
  • Visit the  CDC page  for the latest Travel Health Information related to your travel.

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Entry, Exit and Visa Requirements

U.S. citizens intending to travel to Uganda for holiday, tourism, business, study, visit, and/or medical treatment are required to apply and obtain a visa online in advance of travel on the Government of Uganda’s Electronic Visa/Permit Application System website . U.S. citizens who have recently attempted entry without completing the electronic visa process in advance of their travel have been refused boarding by the airlines and/or entry into Uganda. The U.S. Embassy is not able to assist U.S. citizens in gaining entry to Uganda.

All travelers to Uganda must have a valid yellow fever immunization card.

For the most up-to-date visa information, including fees, contact the Embassy of the Republic of Uganda at 5911 16th Street NW, Washington, DC 20011; telephone (202) 726-7100 or visit their  website . Travelers may also contact the  Permanent Mission of the Republic of Uganda to the United Nations  in New York. Overseas, inquiries can be made at the nearest Ugandan embassy or consulate.

Ugandan immigration imposes a fine of approximately $30 per day for visa overstays and may detain individuals who overstay their visas until the fine is paid. Employment permits are required. Working without a valid permit in Uganda may result in fines and/or detention. Be aware that the Ugandan immigration officer at the port of entry determines the length of authorized stay, which is generally from two weeks to three months for tourists. Immigration policies are not always consistently applied and may change without notice. Extensions of duration of stay may be requested at Ugandan immigration headquarters, Jinja Road, in Kampala. For more information on immigration issues, please see the Directorate of Citizen and Immigration Control website  or call + 256 414 595 945. Avoid any offers by private individuals claiming that they can assist with visa issues.

The U.S. Department of State is unaware of any HIV/AIDS entry restrictions for visitors to Uganda or foreign residents living in Uganda.

Some airlines require travelers to Uganda to present the physical credit card used to purchase the plane tickets upon checking in at the airport before they can receive a boarding pass. Check with your airline for more information.

Find information on  dual nationality ,  prevention of international child abduction  and  customs regulations  on our websites.

Safety and Security

In April 2019, a U.S. citizen was kidnapped in Queen Elizabeth National Park, in the southwest region of Uganda, near the border with the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). The U.S. citizen was later released unharmed. 

There is increased terrorist activity within the region. Recent events include the Ugandan Police Force reportedly foiling a planned bomb attack on churches by the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) rebel group about 50 kilometers (31 miles) from Kampala; reported foiled plots of church attacks and subsequent explosive devices found in Kampala, and a fatal terror attack by ISIS-CA killing two international tourists and Ugandan driver within Queen Elizabeth National Park. Anyone can be a victim at any time; U.S. citizens should remain alert and avoid large public gatherings. Communications plans are basic ways for people to ensure they can be reached while on travel or anywhere really. This includes having different types of communications (email, phone, satellite phone), letting people know when one will be in an area of cell coverage to receive messages, and providing phone numbers of the locations one will be staying etc. The State Department discusses this in the link here: https://exchanges.state.gov/us/keeping-touch .

Northern and Eastern Uganda : The South Sudan-Uganda border is porous, and there are frequent reports of criminal trade and movement of people across the border. Due to the influx of refugees from South Sudan into Uganda, there is a strain on the region’s health, education, and security resources. Sporadic clashes may occur along the shared border, which may be poorly demarcated; a section is under dispute in the Moyo area of northwestern Uganda, abutting the Kajo Keji area of South Sudan.

Crime and conflict threat in the Karamoja region in northeastern Uganda remain volatile. The Uganda People’s Defense Force actively engages criminals in the Karamoja Region, and armed confrontation between police and criminal elements can occur. Emergency medical care and auto repair services are lacking in remote areas of the Karamoja Region. The U.S. Embassy requires its employees to follow enhanced protocols when traversing the Karamoja region.

Southwestern Uganda/Western Uganda : U.S. citizens traveling in southwestern Uganda along Uganda’s western border with the DRC should be aware that armed groups, including those aligned with terrorist organizations such as ISIS-CA, are active in eastern DRC, along with ongoing military operations to counter the threat in the region. Travelers should review the  country information page and Travel Advisory  for the DRC. Refugee flows across the border can number in the thousands, and there is a risk of incursions by armed combatants and criminals.

There is a potential for violence related to ethnic and tribal tensions in the western districts of Bundibuguyo, Ntoroko, and Kasese, near the border with the DRC. U.S. citizens should be vigilant and monitor local media for the latest news.

There is an uptick in terrorist activity in this specific region. Attacks in Queen Elizabeth National Park, Kasese,and Mpondwe-Lhubiriha have resulted in deaths of Ugandan as well as foreign nationals.

The Governments of Rwanda and Uganda closed the Rwanda-Uganda border for extended periods of time in the last year. Some shutdowns are 24-hour closures and others are only overnight closures. Travelers should ensure the border is open when attempting to travel between Rwanda and Uganda.

The U.S. Embassy requires its employees to follow enhanced protocols when traversing the region from Lake Albert down to the Rwandan border.

The U.S. State Department encourages overseas travelers to develop communication plans to ensure they can be reached while traveling. This includes having different types of communications (email, phone, satellite phone), letting people know when one will be in an area of cell coverage to receive messages, and providing phone numbers of the locations one will be staying etc.

Demonstrations : Demonstrations in Kampala and other cities periodically occur in response to local political developments Police routinely use tear gas – and sometimes live ammunition resulting in deaths – to disperse protests in urban areas. U.S. citizens are urged to monitor media coverage of local events and be aware of their surroundings at all times. Avoid demonstrations, as even peaceful gatherings can turn violent without notice.

Involvement in Local Social Issues : All U.S. citizen travelers to Uganda should ensure that they have the correct visa for their visit to Uganda. Missionary and NGO work frequently require a work visa. Travelers who plan to engage in religious or civil society activities should obtain the appropriate visa from the Embassy of Uganda before departing the United States. The Government of Uganda has shown an increased interest in the activities of foreigners working with non-governmental organizations (NGOs). Local authorities have been known to detain, question, and arrest foreigners in Uganda, and some visitors have been ordered removed from the country.

Crime : Pick pocketing, purse snatching, and thefts from hotel rooms, parked vehicles, and vehicles stalled in traffic jams are common. Armed robberies of pedestrians and car jackings also occur, sometimes during daylight hours and in public places. Victims usually remain unharmed if they do not resist. Assaults and property snatching by boda boda (motorcycle operators and passengers) are routinely reported. Food and drinks should never be left unattended in public. Women have reported being drugged and taken to another location and sexually assaulted. Similar tactics are used to rob individuals on public transportation. Remain with a group of friends in public, as single individuals are more likely to be targeted.

International Financial Scams:  See the  Department of State  and the  FBI pages for information.

Internet romance and financial scams are prevalent in Uganda. Scams are often initiated through Internet postings/profiles or by unsolicited emails and letters. Scammers almost always pose as U.S. citizens who have no one else to turn to for help. Common scams include:

  • Romance/Online dating
  • Money transfers
  • Lucrative sales
  • Gold purchase

Victims of Crime : Victims of sexual assault should seek medical assistance and counseling immediately regarding prophylactic treatment to help prevent the transmission of HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases. A  list of local medical providers  can be found on the U.S. Embassy website.

Report crimes to the local police at 999 and contact the U.S. Embassy at (256) (0) 414-306-001.

Remember that local authorities are responsible for investigating and prosecuting the crime.

U.S. citizen victims of sexual assault are encouraged to contact the U.S. Embassy for assistance.

Report crimes to the local police at 999 and contact the U.S. Embassy at +(256)(0) 414-306-001. Remember that local authorities are responsible for investigating and prosecuting crime.

See our webpage on  help for U.S. citizens victims of crime overseas .

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  • help you find accommodation and arrange flights home
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Domestic Violence : U.S. citizen victims of domestic violence may contact the Embassy for assistance.

Tourism : The tourism industry is unevenly regulated, and safety inspections for equipment and facilities do not commonly occur. Hazardous areas/activities are not always identified with appropriate signage, and staff may not be trained or certified either by the host government or by recognized authorities in the field. In the event of an injury, appropriate medical treatment is typically available only in/near major cities. First responders are generally unable to access areas outside of major cities and to provide urgent medical treatment. U.S. citizens are encouraged to purchase medical evacuation insurance . 

Local Laws & Special Circumstances

Criminal Penalties : You are subject to local laws. If you violate local laws, even unknowingly, you may be expelled, arrested, or imprisoned. Furthermore, some laws are also prosecutable in the U.S., regardless of local law. For examples, see our website on  crimes against minors abroad  and the  Department of Justice  website.

Arrest Notification : If you are arrested or detained, ask police or prison officials to notify the U.S. Embassy immediately. See our  webpage  for further information.

Currency : U.S. currency notes in denominations less than $100 may be exchanged at a less favorable exchange rate. Travelers cannot exchange or use U.S. currency printed earlier than 2006. Western Union, MoneyGram, and other types of money transfer facilities are available in Kampala and other cities throughout the country. ATMs are available, but many only function for customers who have an account with a specific Ugandan bank.

Charities/NGOs : U.S. citizens planning to work for or donate money to an NGO should have the charity provide references of past volunteers whom they may contact. U.S. citizens have reported intimidation and harassment by directors of organizations when questioned about the organization's activities or use of donated funds.

Information about registering an NGO can be obtained from the Ugandan NGO Bureau, which has offices within the Ministry of Internal Affairs. They can be reached at (256) (0) 414 253 446. If a Certificate of Good Conduct/Criminal Background Check is needed to start or work for an NGO, you can obtain it by contacting your local police or on  the FBI website  before traveling.

Faith-Based Travelers : See our following webpages for details:

  • Faith-Based Travel Information
  • International Religious Freedom Report  – see country reports
  • Human Rights Report  – see country reports
  • Hajj Fact Sheet for Travelers
  • Best Practices for Volunteering Abroad

Travelers Who Require Accessibility Assistance : Accessibility to public transportation may be difficult for those with mobility issues. Foot paths and road crossings present barriers. There are no free or reduced taxi fares, or other accommodations in communication, lodging, medical facilities, restaurants, cafes, bars, or other tourist spots for disabled tourists.

Students : See our  Students Abroad  page and  FBI travel tips .

Women Travelers : See our travel tips for  Women Travelers .

LGBTQI+ Travelers:  The May 2023 Anti-Homosexuality Act (AHA) includes penalties up to life imprisonment for consensual same-sex relations and capital punishment for crimes of “aggravated homosexuality” (such as serial offenders). Youth under the age of 18 could be prosecuted and imprisoned for multi-year sentences. LGBTQI+ persons, including youth, may be subject to forced conversion therapy – a dangerous and discredited practice that causes significant harm, including high rates of suicide-related thoughts and behaviors among LGBTQI+ youth. Social acceptance of homosexuality is very low. LGBTQI+ persons, or persons perceived to be LGBTQI+, could face harassment, imprisonment, blackmail, and violence, with heightened risk surrounding the passage of the AHA; The public is required to report to the police a person suspected of committing or intending to commit acts enumerated in the law. Hoteliers are not permitted to knowingly provide rooms to individuals who may commit acts deemed illegal in the AHA. Individuals or organizations viewed as publicly supporting the dignity and human rights of LGBTQI+ persons could be prosecuted and imprisoned for multi-year sentence, including those that attend a same-sex marriage either inside or outside of Uganda’s borders. LGBTQI+ organizations or those that advocate for the human rights of LGBTQI+ persons may be deemed illegal under the law. See our LGBTQI+ Travel Information page and section 6 of our Human Rights Report for further details.

Medical facilities in Uganda are limited and only equipped to handle minor medical emergencies. Surgical capabilities are inadequate, and blood supplies may be insufficient. Outside Kampala, hospitals are scarce and offer only basic services. Travelers should carry their own supplies of prescription drugs and preventive medicines. 

A list of medical providers  is available at the U.S. Embassy website. We do not endorse or recommend any specific medical provider or clinic. 

For emergency services in Uganda, dial 999 .

Ambulance services are not widely available and training and availability of emergency responders may be below U.S. standards.

The U.S. Embassy does not pay medical bills . Be aware that U.S. Medicare/Medicaid does not apply overseas.

Medical Insurance : Make sure your health insurance plan provides coverage overseas. Most care providers overseas only accept cash payments. See our webpage for more information on insurance overseas.

We strongly recommend  supplemental insurance  to cover medical evacuation.

If traveling with prescription medication, check with the  Embassy of Uganda  to ensure the medication is legal in Uganda. Always carry your prescription medication in original packaging with your doctor’s prescription.

The following diseases are known to occur in Uganda:

  • Hepatitis B
  • Yellow fever
  • Tuberculosis (TB)
  • Marburg hemorrhagic fever
  • Pneumonic plague
  • Schistosomiasis

Vaccinations : Be up-to-date on all  vaccinations  recommended by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Further health information:

  • World Health Organization
  • U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Air Quality:  Visit  AirNow Department of State  for information on air quality at U.S. Embassies and Consulates.

  • Air pollution is a significant problem in several major cities in Uganda. Consider the impact seasonal smog and heavy particulate pollution may have on you, and consult your doctor before traveling if necessary. 
  • Infants, children, and teens
  • People over 65 years of age
  • People with lung disease such as asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), which includes chronic bronchitis and emphysema;
  • People with heart disease or diabetes
  • People who work or are active outdoors

Travel and Transportation

Road Conditions and Safety : Nighttime travel should be avoided whenever possible. Highway travel at night is particularly dangerous, including on the roads between Entebbe Airport and Kampala. The Embassy recommends caution on these roads and use of a reliable taxi service to and from the airport. With the exception of the Kampala-Entebbe airport road, U.S. Embassy employees are prohibited from driving after dark on roads outside the limits of cities and large towns. Alcohol is frequently a contributing factor in road accidents, particularly at night.

Pedestrians often walk in the roads and may not be visible to motorists. Large branches or rocks in the road sometimes indicate an upcoming obstruction or other hazards. Ugandan law requires that the drivers stop and exchange information and assist any person injured in an accident. Mob anger and violence against the driver perceived to be at fault may occur. In these instances, Ugandans often do not get out of their cars, but drive to the nearest police station to report the accident.

Road conditions in the rural areas are poor. The use of four-wheel drive vehicles is encouraged in Uganda, and vehicular accidents occur at a high rate. Masaka Highway has been identified as one of the most dangerous roads in the world.

Public Transportation : Most inter-city transportation in Uganda is by small van or large bus. Many drivers of these vehicles have little training, and some are reckless. Vans and buses are often poorly maintained, travel at high speeds, and are the most common vehicles involved in the many deadly single- and multi-vehicle accidents along Ugandan roads. Accident victims have included U.S. citizens traveling in vans and personal cars, as passengers on motorcycle taxis locally known as "boda bodas," and as pedestrians. U.S. Mission employees and their dependents are prohibited from using boda bodas and matatus (minibus taxis) due to accident and crime risks. Large trucks on the highways are often overloaded with inadequately secured cargo and poor braking systems.

See our  Road Safety page  for more information.

Aviation Safety Oversight : As there is no direct commercial air service to the United States by carriers registered in Uganda, the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has not assessed the government of Uganda’s Civil Aviation Authority for compliance with International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) aviation safety standards. Further information may be found on the  FAA’s safety assessment page .

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What You Need to Know Before Moving to Canada from Uganda

What You Need to Know Before Moving to Canada from Uganda

Are you planning on moving to Canada from Uganda? You won’t be alone, every year hundreds of people from all corners of Uganda including Kampala, Mbale, and Arua apply for Canadian immigration to pursue new lives in the top-rated country with ample job and education opportunities for newcomers and their families.

The friendly nature of Ugandans allows them to seamlessly integrate into Canadian culture that’s known to be just as friendly and welcoming to foreign nationals. The great news is that you’re in a better position now than ever to move to Canada with the new generous immigration targets. Canada aims to welcome 1.23 million new immigrants by 2023. Here are  five things you should know before packing your bags for Canada!

What You Need to Know Before Immigrating to Canada from Uganda

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1. The majority of Ugandans live in Saskatchewan, Canada

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While the majority of immigrants in Canada tend to settle in popular metropolitan cities such as Toronto, Vancouver, and Montreal, Ugandans are attracted to the prairie province situated almost perfectly in the middle of Canada and bordered by the United States to the south. Saskatchewan’s major cities are Saskatoon and Regina. The province may not have a coastline but it is home to roughly 100,000 lakes, stunning grasslands like Cypress Hills and it boasts the most roads than any other province. Perhaps this is the reason why Saskatchewan has a high-demand for foreign truck drivers and welcomes them through the Saskatchewan Provincial Nomination Program (SINP).

The SINP is an immigration program managed by the Saskatchewan provincial government to help foreign workers, who meet the labor market demands of the region, become permanent residents of Canada and settle permanently in Saskatchewan.

The SINP is divided into various immigration streams for skilled and intermediate skilled foreign workers. The requirements differ for each stream but more often than not, you must either have a valid job offer from an employer in Saskatchewan, or eligible foreign or local work experience,  and sometimes both. Check the National Occupation Classification (NOC) system to see if your occupation features under NOC A, O, or B, or you can simply search the code number. Find out more about each immigration stream below:

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It costs $350 to apply to the SINP and it takes approximately 18-months to process your application for a provincial nomination. If successful, you have to apply to the Canadian federal government with your nomination certificate for permanent residency in Canada.

2. You need to collect specific immigration documents

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When applying to move to Canada from Uganda, you will need to collect a few supporting documents to submit with your immigration application. These documents may be at an additional cost and it can take a while to collect them. For example, you need to prove your English or French language proficiency by taking an approved language test for immigration purposes. You are required to include your test scores in your application. A few other documents you may need to collect are the following:

  • Valid passport/travel document
  • Medical examination certificate for immigration purposes
  • Police certificate
  • Education Credential Assessment (ECA)
  • Valid job offer letter (if applicable)
  • Family information (if applicable)
  • Proof of previous relevant work experience
  • Proof of funds

3. Know the in-demand jobs in Canada for Ugandans

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Canada is the second-biggest country in the world with a smaller population than most other countries including Uganda, France, and England and not to mention that a large portion of the population are at retirement age. One in four workers in Canada are currently retiring and as a result, this creates gaps in the Canadian labor market.

The top five unskilled jobs in Canada include farmworkers, caregivers, truck drivers, nurse aides, and food processing laborers. On the other hand,  skilled workers such as computer programmers, software engineers, accountants, cooks, and administrative assistants are in high demand in Canada, and these foreign workers had the highest success rate in 2019 Express Entry immigration draws .

According to Randstad, there are  20 jobs in Canada in 2021 that are extremely popular due to COVID-19. Ugandans can work in Canada by finding a job and applying for a Canadian work permit.

4. Studying in Canada is a great way to secure a future in the country

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International students are more likely to stay and work in Canada after their studies. It’s easy for them to do so with Post-Graduate Work Permits that allow them to work in the country for the same duration of time as their studies lasted. So, if you completed a three-year Bachelor’s degree then you can  work in Canada for three years. Having a Canadian qualification and work experience plus a full-time job offer can make moving to Canada from Uganda so much easier because you will have all the advantages for a successful immigration application.

Looking for an affordable way to study in Canada? Speak to our student advisors for inexpensive short courses that you can apply for.

5. The Express Entry system is the fastest way to immigrate to Canada from Uganda

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The Express Entry system is the fastest way to move to Canada from Uganda if you are a skilled worker but it can also be the most competitive route to take since it’s a points-based system that chooses the highest-scoring candidates for permanent residency in Canada. Candidates are given scores for the following:

  • Years of work experience;
  • Level of education;
  • English or French language proficiency;
  • Spouse’s credentials;
  • Provincial nomination achieved; and

In 2021, 108,500 new residents will be invited to live in Canada through one of three Express Entry immigration programs, namely the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP), the Federal Trades Worker Program (FTWP), and the Canadian Experience Class (CEC). The reason for its popularity is the fast application processing times of as little as six months.

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What’s the Next Step?

We’ve mentioned five important things that you should know about the Canadian immigration process, and touched on a few of the exciting immigration paths to Canada. Are you ready to move to Canada from Uganda? Need help navigating through the complex process? Put your application in the trusted hands of our immigration professionals. Simply, fill in the form below and we’ll get started with an in-depth eligibility assessment.

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Uganda’s International borders are open 24/7 and the best way to travel to Uganda is by air through Entebbe International Airport , 37 kilometres outside the capital. One can enter or exit Uganda by road using any of the 40 existing immigration stations around the country’s border, including;

  • Rwanda (southwest) – Kagitumba, Gatuna & Kyanika
  • Kenya (west) – Suam, Malaba, Busia
  • South Sudan (north)- Afogi, Nimule
  • Tanzania (southeast) – Mutukula
  • DRC Congo (west) – Bwera
  • and marine ports on Lake Victoria

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How to travel to Uganda by air

The most convenient means of reaching Uganda from anywhere in the world is by air for any leisure traveler. You’ll be getting to Uganda through the only international airport in the country, Entebbe International Airport.

Entebbe Airport (IATA: EBB, ICAO: HUEN) , also known as Entebbe International Airport , is the largest airport in Uganda. It is Uganda’s main international airport and serves the whole country. It has non-stop passenger flights scheduled to 27 destinations in 15 countries. At present, there are 5 domestic flights from Entebbe.

There are no direct flights to Uganda from the United States, Canada, Southern America, Central America, the Caribbean, Southern Asia, China, Japan, Eastern Asia, South-Eastern Asia, Central Asia, or Oceania. The only direct intercontinental flights operating from Entebbe International Airport (EBB) are between Entebbe and Europe and between Entebbe and the Middle East.

But there are connecting flights from major cities across the world and regional ones are the cheapest flights including Kenya Airways through Nairobi , Rwandair through Kigali , Ethiopia Airlines through Addis Ababa , South African Airways through Johannesburg .

Though there are no direct flights to Uganda, travelers might find it easier to book flights reaching Entebbe via Kigali, Nairobi, Addis Ababa, or Johannesburg . The newly launched national carrier, Uganda Airlines, which began flights in August 2019, promises to fill this gap. Currently, the carrier serves Somalia, South Africa, Congo, Burundi and the East Africa region.

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Cheap Flights to Uganda?

When searching for cheap flights to Uganda online, you’ll be hit with a plethora of offers you won’t resist clicking. Because of the ever-advancing technology, searching for a flight can be a bit overwhelming. There are so many factors: dates, times, price, fare class, airline, and more. Even when you know exactly when and where you want to fly, you should look for the absolute best price is still not an easy question to answer.

Unfortunately, no website consistently has the lowest prices. Most popular OTAs ( Online Travel Agencies ) are usually in the same ballpark for the price, but not all offer the same benefits or search functionality. More often than not, booking directly through the airline’s website will give you the best price for a flight ticket to Uganda, or will at least be the same as the OTAs.

If you chose to book through OTA, the top five sites I would recommend are Kayak, Expedia, Priceline, Orbitz, and Agoda , among the many online.

List of Airlines that fly to Uganda.

  • Uganda Airlines
  • Kenya Airways
  • Ethiopian Airlines
  • Qatar Airways
  • Etihad Airways
  • Brussels Airlines
  • KLM Royal Dutch Airlines
  • Precision Air Services Plc
  • South African Airways
  • Turkish Airlines
  • African Express Airways
  • EA Safari Air Express Limited
  • Jambojet Limited

Arriving (and Leaving) by Air in Uganda

The main entry point for flights that travel to Uganda is Entebbe International Airport (EBB), located on a peninsular 40km from Kampala , the capital.

International charter flights can also land, usually by arrangement with immigration, at some airstrips around the country such as Pakuba (Murchison Falls NP), Kasese (Near Queen Elizabeth NP), Kakira (Jinja), Kihihi (Kiso near Bwindi), and Apoka (Kidepo Valley NP).

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Immigration Entry Requirements

Provided that you have mandatory Uganda entry requirements like a valid passport (6 months validity) , a Yellow Fever Vaccination Card , and a return ticket, you should whizz through Entebbe’s entrance formalities with no hassle. The yellow fever and covid-19 vaccine cards will be required at all entry points. Make sure you have these health requirements to protect you and others when you travel to Uganda.

Return/onward ticket restrictions

The only reason a traveler is likely to fly to Uganda without a return ticket is because they intend to travel more widely in Africa.

If you will be arriving with a one-way ticket for this or any other reason, there is a small but real possibility that you will be given a rough time by immigration officials concerned that you won’t have enough funds to buy a flight out of the country.

Obviously, the more money you have, the less likely they are to query your finances. And a credit card will almost certainly convince them to let you in.

Assuming that you intend to travel to neighboring countries, you can underline this intention by arranging an East African Visa that will show that you intend to travel to Rwanda or Kenya on your trip.

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Finally, an onward ticket technically is an entry requirement for travel to Uganda, so there is little point in arguing the toss or becoming needlessly aggressive with immigration officials who are only doing the job they are paid to do — patient diplomacy is a far better approach.

The worst that will happen if you arrive without a return ticket is that you will have to repurchase a ticket to your home country before being allowed entry.

Assuming you intend to leave Uganda overland , you must check with the relevant airline that this ticket will be refundable once you have left Uganda and select a departure date that will give you time to get to a country where you can organize the refund.

Traveling out of Entebbe Airport

Once through customs and immigration at Entebbe, the first thing you will want to do is get some local currency. There are 24-hour foreign-exchange facilities at the airport, though the rates are lower than at the private forex bureau in town, so I wouldn’t exchange any more money than I have to.

As you exit the airport doors, you’ll see a group of men dressed in blue shirt uniforms waving their hands for attention. Those are airport taxi drivers—and of course, if your trip is planned, your tour manager will be waiting with a name placard. They are always there for all arrivals at any time.

A private airport taxi from the airport to Entebbe costs around US$5, and one to Kampala should cost no more than US$35. The alternative is to take a shared taxi between the airport and Entebbe, where you can pick up a minibus from the old taxi park in Kampala for roughly US$2 per person.

Overland— through border entry points

Uganda borders five countries: Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, DRC, and Sudan. A high proportion of visitors to Uganda enters and leaves the country overland at the borders with Kenya or Tanzania.

Uganda’s immigration operates 40 entry/exit points, 13 passport centers, and 9 regional offices around the country’s borders ready to serve your travel needs.

Many leisure travelers enter or leave Uganda from Rwanda , mostly to see mountain gorillas on either side of the border.

How to travel to Uganda:  Uganda's immigration operates 40 entry/exit points, 13 passport centers and 9 regional offices around the country's borders

DRC’s never-ending border insecurity effectively puts it off-limits to leisure travel. International NGOs and other organizations are now active in southern Sudan following an end to that country’s interminable civil war.

Though plenty of Ugandan commercial traffic crosses the borders near Nimule, Oraba, and Moyo, foreign travelers unattached to an aid agency or NGO should seek local advice before heading that way to explore.

Uganda’s land borders are generally very relaxed. Provided that your papers are in order, you should have no problem, nor is there a serious likelihood of being asked about onward tickets, funds, or vaccination certificates. About the worst, you can expect at Ugandan customs is a casual search of your luggage .

It may be necessary to exchange money at any overland border in or out of Uganda if you think you’ll need local currency. And carry small bills for easy tipping and purchasing curios.

Crossing between Kenya and Uganda by road

Crossing between Kenya and Uganda couldn’t be more straightforward, and there are several ways you can go about it. You can travel to Uganda from Kenya through either Busia or Malaba border points, either by driving or by bus. A  bus will likely pass through Kisumu and cross from Kenya to Uganda at the Busia border. 

The immigration will most likely ask you to show your Yellow fever vaccination and coronavirus negative test certificates. Show your passport (6 months validity) and a visa (US$50). I would recommend an East African Visa, which allows you to visit Rwanda, Kenya, and Uganda for US$100.

The road is well paved all the way to Kampala, so comfort is assured unless you choose the wrong travel vehicle.

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There are bus routes between Nairobi and Kampala, which take about 12-13 hours, with stops in major towns along the way. Your best bet seems to be the MASH bus service (tel +256 774 082 853 Kampala and +254 718 121 251 in Nairobi).

This company operates a comfortable daily coach service departing at 18:00 (check-in 45 minutes earlier) from De Winton Road opposite the National Theatre. It’s an unexpectedly pleasant depot that includes a good café and comfortable waiting room. One-way tickets cost US$35.

Plenty of transport connects Kisumu, Eldoret, and other major centers in western Kenya to either the Malaba or Busia border post. Another option, currently little used, is the Suam border to the north of Mount Elgon.

If you are crossing from Kenya in your own vehicle, bear in mind that Uganda’s fuel prices are higher than in Kenya, so stock up accordingly. Nairobi to Kampala may take US$35-$65 worth of fuel depending on the type of vehicle you’re traveling in.

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Crossing between Uganda and Tanzania

The only direct route between Tanzania and Uganda connects Masaka to the port of Bukoba, crossing at the Mutukula border post. From Bukoba, overnight ferries continue to Mwanza thrice weekly.

You can take a catamaran speed vessel between the Port Bell in Kampala (MV Amani) and Mwanza (MV Bluebird) Tanzania side of lake Victoria, which will take you about 3 hours (if you have the pockets for it). Aboard cargo ferry service takes about 19 hours between Port Bell and Mwanza. I would take the latter for the valued experience and the former to get where I have to be fast.

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It is possible to travel between Kampala and Bukoba in boats, but far easier to use Falcon’s direct bus services. These leave from the central bus park in Kampala on Tuesday, Thursday, and Sunday at 10.30, in time to connect with the overnight ferry to Mwanza, and return on the following day. Tickets cost UGX 30,000.

The road routes heading south from Mwanza are now paved, which should give you great pleasure driving solo . Far better to backpack the thrice-weekly passenger-train service via Tabora to Dar es Salaam on Lake Tanganyika’s coast or Kigoma.

It is also possible to travel by road from Mwanza to Arusha in northeastern Tanzania. A couple of buses or Land Rovers make the 12-18-hour daily trip from Mwanza to Arusha via the Serengeti and Ngorongoro, a good way of evoking your Africa wild dream of seeing something of the Serengeti if you’re not planning on doing an organized safari — remember to have with you the US$60 as national park entrance fees .

Crossing between Uganda and South Sudan

The ‘Nile Route’ via Juba was very popular with travelers before it was closed for years by long-running civil wars in Sudan and northern Uganda. Both regions are now, finally, at peace, the insurgent area in the south of the country now being recognized as the Republic of South Sudan. It’s now possible to travel between Uganda and Juba, the new capital of South Sudan, either overland via Gulu, Kiboko, or Moyo, or by air with Aerolink.

You won’t travel alone ; since the 2005 peace accord, a flood of NGOs and commercial opportunists has been pouring into the area. In principle, this development makes the alluring prospect of following the Nile between its Ugandan headwaters and its effluent into the Mediterranean. In reality, you may find it difficult to secure passage between Southern and Northern Sudan.

To obtain as much information as possible from embassies and NGO contacts before wandering around Southern Sudan. Though peaceful on paper, this is a country in which war has been the norm for decades, and ongoing problems include widespread gun ownership, as well as landmines.

For further information, refer to Max Lovell-Hoare and Sophie Lovell-Hoare Bradt’s guide to South Sudan.

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Crossing between Uganda and Rwanda

There are two main border crossing points between Uganda and Rwanda : between Kabale and Kigali via Katuna (Gatuna on the Rwandan side), and between Kisoro and Musanze (Ruhengeri) via Cyanika. The Kagitumba border isn’t convenient for most people, but public transport is on both sides.

The busier crossing by far is at Katuna/Gatuna, and it can take over an hour to get through immigration stations on both sides.

There are many shared-car taxis to the border from Kabale and a few minibusses each morning (except Sunday) direct to Kigali. You can also wait at the main junction in the morning for Kampala’s Kigali-bound buses to pass through and hope they have free seats. On the Rwandan side, minibusses are travelling to Kigali (two hours) throughout the day. The border is open 24 hours.

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From Kisoro to Cyanika, there’s no public transport, so you’ll need to get a taxi (USh35,000) or a boda-boda (motorcycle taxi; USh8000). Transport on the Rwandan side to Musanze (Ruhengeri) is frequent, and the road in good condition; altogether, it only takes about 1½ hours to travel between Kisoro and Musanze (Ruhengeri). The border is open 24 hours.

There’s also the option of taking a direct bus between Kampala and Kigali (USh40,000), a seven- to nine-hour journey, including a slow border crossing. Jaguar Executive Coaches Reliable company with daily services to Kigali at 7 am, 9 am, 8 pm, and 9 pm. It also has a ‘VIP’ option with more comfortable seats. Simba (Namayiba Terminal) Daily buses to Kigali (USh40,000, 11 hours) at 2 am.

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Uganda travel requirements: What do you need for your trip?

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When people think about where to travel for vacation, or what sights to see, their eyes tend to glaze over much of southern or central Africa, but there is incredible beauty that can only be found south of the Sahara . It’s a haven of scenic vistas, abundant wildlife , untouched landscapes and a very economically friendly exchange rate. You can see the wonders of the natural world without the extravagant costs of local zoos or wildlife tours.

Here you will learn everything about the entry requirements for Uganda that everyone must follow to be granted access to the country.

Uganda travel requirements

Passport .

The first of the Uganda entry requirements is to have a valid passport. Your passport needs to be  up to date and valid for at least 6 more months since your date of entry . You will need one page for the travel stamp that is posted on arrival. 

The fundamental of all Uganda travel requirements: having a visa. 

Visas for Uganda are usually completed online as in-person Visa processing has, in some cases, been suspended. It’s also much more convenient to complete registration and receive a Uganda visa using an online form.   To successfully complete your visa application, the first thing to do is to ensure that you have all the required documents. Discover how to get a visa for Uganda .

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Vaccination 

Uganda is home to many tropical jungles, which means it is also home to many tropic jungle diseases . The most known and relevant disease is yellow fever . It's other of the mandatory entry requirements for Uganda: visitors to the country are required to have a yellow fever vaccination or they will be refused entry .

This applies to all visitors older than one year old who are able to receive vaccines. Existing vaccine records will do. For the most part, these are standard and widely available vaccines, so taking them prior to traveling should not be an issue. 

Other prevalent diseases that can be caught in Uganda are: Typhoid fever, Hepatits A/B, Tetanus, Polio, Cholera, Malaria, Meningitis, Tuberculosis and Pneumonic plague.

Travel insurance 

It is recommended to acquire travel insurance when arriving in Uganda. The regulation for tourism is not a match for most other countries and problems or errors can occur. Medical treatment is also not a guarantee as the infrastructure of most hospitals lacks proper emergency medical care equipment. Therefore, international medical coverage is also highly recommended.  

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Currency 

Uganda uses the Ugandan Shilling (UGX/USh) as its main currency. Not only that, but the institutions of Uganda also primarily operate with cash and bank cards are not as frequently used or accepted. Where cards are accepted, only Visa is allowed.

USX is not listed on international exchanges and as such, the currency must be exchanged on arrival from a service area. Also, they cannot accept any US Dollars from before the year 2001.

The current exchange rate of USD to UGX is $1 to 3,850.

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The Uganda e-Visa for Canadian citizens is a digital travel permit. It allows the holder to visit the African nation on vacation and various other reasons. Canadians can get this electronic Ugandan visa via a simple online application.

Nationals of Canada can use the electronic system to submit a Uganda visa application quickly and easily from any location with an internet connection .

To obtain an e-Visa for Uganda, Canadians must meet a few important requirements .

Do Canadians Need a Visa to Travel to Uganda?

Yes, travelers entering the country with a Canadian passport must hold a valid Ugandan visa .

The online application system provides the fastest and most convenient way for Canadians to obtain a visa for Uganda.

This Ugandan e-Visa allows a temporary stay for purposes such as tourism and visiting family, among others.

To relocate to Uganda or perform paid work in the country, Canadian nationals should go to their nearest Ugandan embassy or consulate , such as the Uganda High Commission in Ottawa, to apply for the relevant visa and/or permits.

What is the Uganda e-Visa for Canadian citizens?

The Uganda electronic visa (e-Visa) is an entry permit that is available to the majority of foreign visitors via an online application . Citizens of Canada are one of the eligible nationalities.

The e-Visa system is considered the quickest and easiest way to get a visa to Uganda from Canada.

Canadians may use the e-Visa to visit Uganda for a number of different purposes , including the following:

  • Conferences
  • Visiting relatives
  • Medical treatment

Nationals of Canada can apply for a Uganda e-Visa from their homes, offices, or anywhere they can connect to the internet . This avoids them having to go to a Ugandan diplomatic mission like an embassy or consulate.

The e-Visa must be obtained before the trip . This makes sure the Canadian traveler has their entry permit and is ready to enter Uganda before they embark on their journey.

Uganda e-Visa Application for Canadians

Citizens of Canada can apply for a Uganda e-Visa by completing a quick online questionnaire and attaching some supporting documents.

This is a quick process that takes a matter of minutes .

To complete the Uganda e-Visa application, Canadians must provide their personal information , including the following:

  • Date of birth
  • Nationality
  • Marital status

The following passport details are also required:

  • Passport number
  • Country of issue
  • Dates of issue and expiry

Canadian travelers must also provide their contact information , including the following:

  • Current email address
  • Residential address
  • Phone number

At the end of the form, there are some health and security questions. Canadian applicants must also provide details about their trip , including:

  • Reason for visiting Uganda
  • Address at which they plan to stay
  • Date of arrival
  • Duration of visit

When should I apply for my Uganda e-Visa for Canadian travelers?

It is advisable to apply more than a week in advance of the trip.

This is because it can take up to 7 business days to process the e-Visa application for Canadians.

Applicants from Canada will receive their approved e-Visa for Uganda by email .

Uganda e-Visa Requirements for Canadian Nationals

Uganda, like many countries, has a few basic visa requirements for Canadians . These must be met to successfully apply for the e-Visa.

According to Uganda’s visa policy , the visa requirements for Canadian citizens include the following documents :

  • Canadian passport (valid for at least 6 months)
  • Passport-style photo of the visitor from Canada
  • Yellow fever vaccination certificate

Digital copies of these documents must be uploaded and submitted along with the online application form when applying for all types of e-Visa for Uganda.

In the case of the Canadian passport, only the main bio-data page must be scanned and sent with the application. This page contains the traveler’s image and information.

Other Uganda e-Visa requirements for Canadians include the following detail s:

  • Email address (to receive the e-Visa)
  • Credit/debit card (to cover the processing fee)

Extra requirement for a Uganda transit e-Visa for Canadian citizens

Nationals of Canada who need a transit e-Visa for Uganda are required to write a letter .

This must state their reason for having to pass through Ugandan territory , as well as their final destination.

Traveling to Uganda from Canada with the e-Visa

Once Canadian citizens have received their Uganda e-Visa by email, they are required to print a copy .

The printed e-Visa must be presented on arrival in order to enter the country. The traveler should also bring the same Canadian passport used to apply for the visa.

Canadians with a single-entry tourist e-Visa for Uganda can stay in the country for up to 90 days .

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Ministry of health requirements while travelling to uganda.

Some Covid-19 requirements are still in place. The following directives shall apply for arriving and departing passengers.

  • The WHO on 11th January 2023 declared Uganda Ebola free.
  • If you are travelling to Uganda through Entebbe, you will need to show proof of full vaccination except for travelers aged 5 ears and below   
  • Travelers with partial or no vaccination will be required to provide a negative COVID-19  PCR test result, issued within 72 hours
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Uganda Entry Requirements due to COVID-19

Please note that: Travelers entering Uganda no longer need to present a Covid-19 Vaccine certificate or a PCR test.

Planning to transit through Entebbe International Airport? Are you going to explore the beautiful nature of Uganda during your vacations? You must know that learning what the COVID-19 protocols and entry and exit requirements are is essential to travel nowadays, both for transit and destination countries.

Uganda still has COVID-19 restrictions that you must follow when visiting the country. However, local authorities no longer request the Uganda International Arrivals COVID-19 pre-registration . So, to be up to date with the COVID-19 test requirements, vaccination, and quarantine rules for foreign nationals, pay careful attention to the FAQ below.

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Are there any uganda covid entry requirements i should learn about before traveling to uganda.

Yes, there are. Currently, an up-to-date COVID-19 vaccine status is not mandatory to enter the country, but unvaccinated travelers need to present a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours before their trip. This is applied to all travelers, including foreign residents and nationals.

The country doesn’t have quarantine protocols on arrival. But if you have flu-like symptoms, it is better to exercise caution and take a COVID-19 test before travel since an infected person should be isolated .

A medical insurance is not mandatory either. Still, the travel advice is to purchase one with overseas medical costs to be prepared if you need emergency assistance/emergency services or access to medical facilities.

Since the requirements may change quickly, you should check the local media news and contact the embassy for the latest information.

WHAT IS THE UGANDA INTERNATIONAL ARRIVALS COVID-19 PRE-REGISTRATION, AND HOW CAN I OBTAIN IT?

The Uganda International Arrivals COVID-19 Pre-Registration was a health questionnaire implemented to help local authorities track and assess the risks of COVID-19 infection.

But since August 2, 2022, this document is no longer required to enter the country. Immigration officers or local police won’t ask for the COVID-19 Pre-Registration, so all you have to worry about before packing your personal belongings for this trip is getting a visa.

DO I NEED A COVID-19 VACCINE TO TRAVEL TO UGANDA?

There's no mandatory proof of vaccination. You can enter the country no matter your COVID-19 vaccination status. Regardless, there are different protocols for vaccinated and unvaccinated travelers .

If you are vaccinated , you have access to the country without a COVID-19 test . Be aware that boosters are not considered a requirement in Uganda.  Travelers aged five years and below are also exempt from testing requirements.   

Having said that, unvaccinated travelers without a negative COVID-19 test will be refused entry.

DO I NEED A NEGATIVE PCR TEST RESULT TO ENTER UGANDA?

The local laws regarding the pandemic require that unvaccinated passengers present a negative COVID-19 test to enter the country. It must be a PCR test taken 72 hours before travel . Only children under five years old and fully vaccinated travelers are exempt from this protocol.

Be aware that the Ugandan Ministry of Health may conduct random COVID testing for inbound travelers . It’s recommended to consult official Ugandan government sources for the most up-to-date information about COVID-19 movement restrictions and requirements. 

  • Travelers entering Uganda no longer need to present a Covid-19 Vaccine certificate or a PCR test.

WILL I HAVE TO QUARANTINE UPON ARRIVAL IN UGANDA?

There are no quarantine requirements on arrival in Uganda. However, if you test positive for COVID-19, you should quarantine.

ARE THERE OTHER UGANDA VACCINE REQUIREMENTS?

Uganda faces some health crises. There isn’t a mandatory vaccine, but you should follow some vaccine recommendations.

All travelers must have the following vaccines:

Routine Vaccines:

Chickenpox (Varicella)

Diphtheria-Tetanus-Pertussis

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Measles-Mumps-Rubella (MMR)

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Yellow Fever

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Meningitis: One of the most significant health issues is the ebola virus disease, with recent lockdowns in high-risk districts. Unfortunately, there is no vaccination for ebola.

TRAVEL DOCUMENTS: DO I NEED TO APPLY FOR A VISA TO VISIT UGANDA?

To enter Uganda, you might need a visa (it might be an electronic or traditional one). We advise you to use the [iVisa visa checker tool]]( / ) to verify what documents will be necessary for your trip.

WHAT IS THE EAST AFRICA VISA?

The East Africa Visa is the e-Visa program to travel to the Republic of Kenya, the Republic of Rwanda, and the Republic of Uganda for tourism. A single travel document to visit the three African countries, with the entire application process online.

An East Africa Tourist Visa allows Multiple Entry in the three territories, and it is valid for 90 days after arrival . The maximum length of stay is 90 days in Total .

There is one detail to get this visa online : applicants must not have another current Uganda, Rwanda, or Kenya visa . Once you successfully apply, you will receive the document via email. Then you can print it and carry this travel authorization with you.

WHAT ARE THE REQUIRED DOCUMENTS TO APPLY FOR THE EAST AFRICA VISA?

The traveler needs the following documents to apply for the East Africa Visa:

Applicant photo. If you don’t have one, you can count on iVisa Photo Service

Passport personal details scan (the passport validity must be at least six months after the arrival date)

Last page of passport (if applicable)

Yellow fever vaccine

Travel itinerary

Return ticket

Invitation letter (if applicable)

WHAT ARE THE PRICES AND PROCESSING TIMES OF THE EAST AFRICA VISA?

If you apply through iVisa, the processing time and visa fees for the East Africa Visa will depend upon how fast you need your document:

Standard processing time : In 9 days you will receive the visa for a fee of USD $159.99 .

Rush processing time : iVisa can process your visa a little faster, in 7 days , for a fee of USD $196.99 .

Super Rush processing time : If you need the visa asap, the best option is to get the document in only 5 days for a fee of USD $248.99 .

WHAT IS THE UGANDA TRANSIT E-VISA?

You have to apply for the Uganda Transit Visa if you have a stopover at the Entebbe International Airport and you intend to leave the transit area . When applying for this e-Visa, passengers must have a confirmed onward booking from Uganda to a third country or other acceptable plans to depart Uganda within two days after arrival.

Keep in mind that the Transit e-Visa is an official document that allows the holder to transit through Uganda provided they will enter and exit the country within two days . Applicants will receive their visas via email after filling out the form on the iVisa application page .

WHAT ARE THE REQUIRED DOCUMENTS TO APPLY FOR THE UGANDA TRANSIT E-VISA?

You must provide the following documents to apply for the Uganda Transit Visa:

Applicant photo. If you don’t have one, you can count on [iVisa Photo Service] ( /photos/order )

Passport personal details scan

Yellow fever vaccination

A letter stating the reason for transit and country of destination

WHAT ARE THE PRICES AND PROCESSING TIMES OF THE UGANDA TRANSIT E-VISA?

iVisa offers three different processing times and fees for travelers applying for the Uganda Transit e-Visa:

Standard processing time : You can get the Transit e-Visa in just 7 days for a fee of USD $163.49 .

Rush processing service : If you are in a rush, you can receive the e-Visa in 5 days for a fee of USD $237.49 .

Super Rush processing time : For those urgently needing a Transit e-Visa, we offer this option, which takes just 3 days for a fee of USD $340.49 .

WHAT IS THE UGANDA TOURIST EVISA?

The Uganda e-Visa is the electronic version of the Uganda Visa and serves as the official document permitting entry into Uganda. Most international travelers are eligible to apply for this tourist visa online . The process is simple: filling out the form on the iVisa application page and receiving a single-entry electronic visa via email.

Be aware that the Uganda Tourist e-Visa allows travel for tourism purposes only . You must consult the embassy or consulate if you need a work, study, or resident visa.

The Uganda Tourist e-Visa is valid for 90 days after issued . The document allows a maximum stay of 45 days in Total l , and it is valid for one Single Entry . It’s important to know that applicants can’t have any other current Uganda Visa to apply for the Tourist e-Visa.

WHAT ARE THE REQUIRED DOCUMENTS TO APPLY FOR THE UGANDA TOURIST VISA?

You must have the following documents on hand to fill out the Uganda Tourist e-Visa application:

Passport personal details scan (clear passport number)

Yellow fever vaccination certificate

The immigration status of the host (Purpose of travel: Family Visit) (if applicable)

Return flight ticket (if applicable)

Supporting document for the visit (Medical) (if applicable)

Cover letter detailing the purpose of the visit (if applicable)

WHAT ARE THE PRICES AND PROCESSING TIMES OF THE UGANDA TOURIST EVISA?

You can choose one of the processing times and fees below to get your Uganda Tourist e-Visa:

Standard processing time : Get your Tourist e-Visa in just 7 days for a fee of USD $113.49 .

Rush processing service : This option is slightly faster and takes just 5 days for a fee of USD $154.49 .

Super Rush processing time : For those urgently needing an Uganda Tourist e-Visa, we offer this option, which takes just 3 days for a fee of USD $211.49 .

CAN I TRUST IVISA?

Absolutely! We know how important it is to keep data protected nowadays. Our security guidelines are strictly enforced to maintain all your information safe. We’ve been in this business for a long time, but if you don’t believe us, read what our previous customers have said about our services in the user reviews section .

I STILL HAVE DOUBTS. HOW CAN I CONTACT IVISA?

If you still have any concerns about the COVID-19 requirements or questions about the types of visas to travel to Uganda, you can chat with our experts from customer service , or you can send an email to [email protected] . They will be happy to assist you with anything you need 24/7.

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Uganda is worldwide famous for its safaris , fantastic national parks, and for being a great place to explore wildlife. Unfortunately, in some areas, you may find a security situation and security forces in activity since the country suffered terrorist attacks from armed groups in the recent past. Just take precautions for your personal security and be ready to explore this beautiful country.

The Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is one of Uganda’s most famous national parks and the home to around 340 gorillas. Visitors come here to spot these massive primates in their natural habitats. But the gorillas are not everything the park has to offer. The natural rainforest is also home to 120 other species of mammals, like elephants, chimpanzees, L’Hoest’s monkeys, bushbucks, African golden cats, and the rare giant forest hog.

Another excellent spot for safaris is the Queen Elizabeth National Park , in Western Uganda. Visitors are guaranteed to spot various animals like giraffes, lions, zebras, hippos, crocodiles, buffaloes, and elephants. The park is also a paradise for birdwatchers, with around 611 bird species to observe.

In North Eastern Uganda, you must visit the Kidepo Valley National Park . It is the third biggest national park covering an area of 1,442 square kilometers. You can see elephants, lions, leopards, hyenas, giraffes, and many other species in their natural habitat.

If you like to visit major cities, you must include Kampala in your itinerary. This is the central business district and one of the major towns in Uganda. You can visit shopping centres and museums. Just be aware that public transportation is usually informal and not the safest option.

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The visa exemption for citizens of Australia, Canada, and the United States who wish to visit Brazil has been extended to April 10, 2025. 1  Decree No. 11,982 was published on Tuesday, April 9, in an extra edition of the Official Gazette of the Union ( Diário Oficial da União ). 2

WHY THIS MATTERS

The postponement of the start of visa collection aims to foster the complete implementation of the electronic visa, called “e-Visa,” available at the electronic address: https://brazil.vfsevisa.com . 

The new way of requesting the document makes it practical and convenient to issue the document completely electronically, eliminating the need for the interested party to appear at a Brazilian consulate. 

The document requirement will be effective from April 10 of next year.  

More Details

The Lula government's decision to require visas for the United States, Canada, and Australia should have come into force on October 1, 2023.  (For prior coverage, see GMS Flash Alert 2024-006 , January 10, 2024.)

But after pressure and problems regarding serving tourists from these countries, the deadline was postponed to January 10.  Afterwards, the deadline was once again postponed to April 10.

The decision does not apply to Japan, as the Japanese government announced, in May 2023, that it was evaluating removing the visa requirement for Brazilians and confirmed the decision in August 2023, with validity from September 30, but for travel for up to 90 days.  In return, Brazil stopped requiring visas for Japanese nationals.

KPMG INSIGHTS

This situation has been in flux for some time, creating uncertainty for the affected parties.  At present, the status quo remains; however, travel agents and immigration counsel should be prepared for the change in requirements that will take place in April 2025.

Some Brazilian consulates abroad, including the one in Houston 3 , have already begun advertising the e-visa and its necessary requirements on their websites. This means that immigrants who have already obtained an e-visa will not face any consequences when presenting it to Brazilian immigration authorities. The e-visa is valid for 10 years, so those who have already obtained it will not be negatively affected by obtaining it early. Next year, the e-visa requirement will be fully implemented and mandatory. However, those who have already obtained it before it becomes mandatory will have an advantage as they will already possess an entry permit.

Individuals with intent to travel to Brazil who are from the aforementioned countries should consult with their travel agent and qualified immigration counsel or a member of the KPMG mobility team (see the Contacts section).

The KPMG mobility team is actively monitoring updates on visa rules and related matters and will strive to keep readers of GMS Flash Alert informed of any relevant developments. 

1  Ministério do Turismo, RELAÇÕES EXTERIORES, "Brasil adia para 2025 exigência de vistos para cidadãos da Austrália, Canadá e EUA" (Publicado em 09/04/2024) at: https://www.gov.br/turismo/pt-br/assuntos/noticias/brasil-adia-para-2025-exigencia-de-vistos-para-cidadaos-de-australia-canada-e-eua#:~:text=O%20Decreto%20N%C2%BA%2011.982%20foi,%3A%2F%2Fbrazil.vfsevisa.com .

2   Decreto Nº 11.982, de 9 de Abril de 2024 at: https://www.planalto.gov.br/ccivil_03/_ato2023-2026/2024/decreto/D11982.htm .

3 Website Consulado do Brasil em Houston https://www.gov.br/mre/pt-br/consulado-houston/servicos-consulares/vistos-visa/electronic-visitor-visa-e-visa .

Please note the KPMG International member firm in the United States does not provide immigration or labour law services. However, KPMG Law LLP in Canada can assist clients with U.S. immigration matters.

The information contained in this newsletter was submitted by the KPMG International member firm in Brazil.

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