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Do I need a visa for Uganda from the UK?

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Landed here because you’re wondering, “Do I need a visa for Uganda from the UK?”? Then you’re in the right place! On this page, we’ll give you all the need-to-know info to get your trip to Uganda off to the right start. 

Nestled in the heart of Africa, Uganda stands as a true gem on the continent’s crown. Its beauty is nothing short of enchanting, with rolling hills that stretch as far as the eye can see, pristine lakes that glisten like liquid sapphires, and a warm, welcoming spirit that’ll capture your heart in seconds. 

From the hustle and bustle of Kampala, pulsing with colourful markets and a matchless blend of cultures – to the legendary Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, the endangered mountain gorilla’s sanctuary of dense, lush forests that defy human intrusion; there are SO many reasons why you’d want to visit this vibrant and breathtaking country. 

So let’s make sure you get there okay, with some good old-fashioned Uganda visa info and passport tips!

Do I need a visa to travel to Uganda from the UK?

Everyone travelling to Uganda from the UK DOES need a visa to enter. Afraid you can’t get them upon arrival either, so you’ll need to obtain a visa in advance, if you’re adventuring to Uganda.  

If you’ve got the time, means and inclination, you can apply for your Uganda visa at the Ugandan High Commission in Uganda House, 58-59 Trafalgar Square, London, or you can apply online for an e-visa on the link below. 

Click HERE to apply for a visa for Uganda from the UK

If you’re planning on entering Kenya and Rwanda as well as Uganda, you can also apply for an East African Tourist Visa which will be valid for 90 days and allows multiple entry into each country.

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How much does a visa for Uganda from the UK cost? 

For an ordinary single-entry tourist visa, the application fee is currently $50, while it’s $100 for the East Africa Tourist Visa. You can also extend the validity period of your single entry visa up to 6 months for $100. 

Click here to find out more about the costs involved and for details of what you’ll need to provide during your Uganda visa application process. 

How long is your Uganda visa valid for from the UK?

The usual tourist visa will be valid for 90 days – plenty of time to fit in a life-changing trek through Uganda’s Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in search of elusive mountain gorillas. 

Click here to find out more about our 9-day itinerary!

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Passport requirements for travelling Uganda from the UK

Your passport needs to be valid for at least six months from the date you’ll be entering Uganda – this has been known to catch people out upon arrival, so do check before booking anything! 

Are there any exemptions to Uganda’s entry requirements from the UK? 

Nope. Sorry! So make sure you apply for your visa well ahead of your trip. And speaking of trips to Uganda… Here’s everything you need to know about Gorilla Trekking in Uganda with The Bucket List Company!

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Vaccine requirements for travelling to Uganda from the UK

Everyone aged 1+ travelling to Uganda from the UK will need to show a certificate of yellow fever vaccination to enter – if you’ve had the vaccine already, however long ago that was, that will still be valid now. Just make sure you have some proof to show. 

It’s recommended that most travellers to Uganda get vaccinated against Hepatitis A, Tetanus and Typhoid too, as well as Yellow Fever. Some travellers are recommended to get Cholera, Hepatitis B, Meningococcal Disease, Rabies and Tuberculosis too – make sure you check which recommendations apply to you on the Travelhealthpro site here

How can I find out if there are any COVID-19 requirements for Uganda from the UK? 

Since March 2023 the requirement to show proof of vaccination status or to provide a negative PCR test has been lifted. There’s a chance you could be subject to a temperature check and screened for infectious diseases when you arrive, but don’t worry, that doesn’t happen to everyone! 

Just in case, you can find out what the latest COVID-19 requirements for Uganda from the UK are on the Government website here

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Now you know how to get there, WHEN are you going to Uganda?!

Our Gorilla Trekking in Uganda trip takes the most dedicated adventurers deep into Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in search of majestic and endangered mountain gorillas. It’s a seriously rare opportunity to see these gentle giants in their natural habitat and find out what they get up to behind closed doors. 

There are SO many reasons why you should get this incredible adventure straight onto your Bucket List (find out more about it in our handy blog here), but if you’re already ready and raring to go, then check out the itinerary now!

With manageable monthly payment instalments, fantastic small groups of like-minded travellers, and itineraries organised for you and PACKED with incredible experiences, there’s no better way to do adventure travel than with The Bucket List Company. 

If you don’t book your trip of a lifetime now… Will you ever? 

Click Here To Find Out More About Our Gorilla Trekking in Uganda

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