The Uganda visa on arrival is no longer available since July 2016 for anyone, not just Australian citizens. The Ugandan government decided to eliminate and replace it with electronic visas. As a result, all travelers who wish to enter Uganda need to have a Uganda e-visa or a visa issued by a Ugandan embassy. Otherwise, you will be sent back to Australia. Even if visas on arrival cannot be obtained anymore, the electronic visa system is a lot easier to use, which is why we advise you to apply online using the services of iVisa.
How can I apply for a Uganda visa for Australian citizens?
The process that iVisa created could not be more straightforward. All you have to do is provide them with some information about yourself and some documents. You fill in the application form, and then iVisa will take care of everything for you. Your efforts are minimal. Here is what you need to provide:
- Passport – all applicants must have a valid passport, and the document needs to remain valid for at least another 6 months from your date of arrival in Uganda.
- Copy of your passport’s bio page
- A passport-sized photo – as recent as possible
- Vaccination certificate for Yellow fever – failure to comply means that you will be subjected to vaccination when you arrive in Uganda. Some quarantine measures may be taken as well.
When you apply for a Uganda Transit visa, you also need a letter which states the transit reason and the destination, and if you want an East Africa visa, you must also provide an itinerary and a return flight ticket.
Once you have all that in order, you can move on to the Uganda e-visa application form. The form is easy to comprehend, and it should take you about 15 minutes to complete. If you need some help, iVisa has an excellent support service that can answer your questions 24/7.
There are three steps you need to complete. The first one requires you to fill in your personal information and some details about your trip. At this point, you must also choose a visa type (tourism, transit, East Africa visa), and the processing time. The best thing about iVisa is that it gives you the possibility to choose a processing time according to your timetable and your budget. Here are your options:
- Standard– your application is processed within 4 business days, and the price is $86.30.
- Rush–your visa will be ready within 2 business days, and you need to pay $116.30
- Super Rush– this is the fastest option you have. It costs you $151.30, and your visa application is processed within just 1 business day.
The prices for the different visa types are the same, except for the East Africa visa which is a bit more expensive. You will be charged $148, $178, and $213 respectively. The second step consists of revision and payment. You need to make sure that all your provided information is 100% accurate since mistakes are impossible to correct after your application reaches processing. As for payment, iVisa gives you the opportunity to use any means you have at hand, such as Paypal, credit/debit cards, Alipay, and WeChat. No embassy will give you that.
The last step will ask you to upload additional information. It depends on your personal situation, but iVisa will let you know what you need. After you are done, you submit the application, and the visa will arrive in the timeframe you chose while filling in the form.
To answer your question, no, Australians cannot get a Uganda visa on arrival, but the Uganda e-visa is so much easier to obtain. The process is simple, there are no lines you need to stand in, and it is affordable. The visa allows you to spend 90 days in Uganda, and you have a single entry, except if you apply for an East Africa visa, which gives you multiple entries.