Nomad Africa Magazine - - Tourism Update| Uganda’s Online Visa - Words: MON­ICA ASH­LEY LE-COURE

Join­ing the likes of Kenya, Rwanda, Zam­bia and Zimbabwe the Ugan­dan Govern­ment has in­tro­duced the on­line visa pro­cess­ing sys­tem for visi­tors to the coun­try. Vis­it­ing the Pearl of Africa for busi­ness or plea­sure has never been eas­ier. Choose Uganda as your next hol­i­day des­ti­na­tion and ex­pe­ri­ence true African hospi­tal­ity.

home to the source of the world's longest river (river Nile), the world's re­main­ing Moun­tain Go­ril­las, vast and di­verse nat­u­ral wildlife re­serves; blessed with trop­i­cal, all-year-round sum­mer weather, a di­verse cul­tural her­itage of over 50 lo­cal tribes, snow caped moun­tains, nat­u­ral wa­ter raft­ing spots, vi­brant night life. A wealth of un­ex­ploited nat­u­ral re­sources and a young, ed­u­cated pop­u­la­tion.

The new sys­tem ap­plies to all the cat­e­gories of visa on of­fer: the Mul­ti­ple-En­try, Diplo­matic and Of­fi­cial, Or­di­nary and East Africa Tourist Visa (Mul­ti­ple En­try valid for 90 days to Uganda, Kenya and Rwanda) Tran­sit.

In a state­ment is­sued by the Uganda Tourism Board (UTB), per­sons in­tend­ing to visit Uganda on hol­i­day, busi­ness, study, visit and med­i­cal grounds are re­quired to ap­ply and ob­tain the visa on­line. The de­ci­sion taken on the ap­pli­ca­tion would then be sent elec­tron­i­cally through the email pro­vided by the ap­pli­cant. If ap­proved, the ap­proval let­ter would be sent as an at­tach­ment and if re­jected, the rea­son(s) would be stated to the ap­pli­cant. "Print it out and present it to­gether with a valid pass­port/travel doc­u­ment at the port of en­try," the state­ment reads in part. On ar­rival in Uganda, a printed copy of the let­ter along with a valid pass­port /travel doc­u­ment will be asked to be pre­sented.

In­for­ma­tion about doc­u­ments re­quired in the on­line visa ap­pli­ca­tion process can be found on the web­site pro­vided by the tourism board. How­ever, trav­ellers will still be able to get visas on ar­rival in the coun­try, though they will go through the elec­tronic ap­pli­ca­tion process at the port of en­try. This will only ap­ply for the next few months, af­ter which all visa ap­pli­ca­tions shall be on­line.

Uganda pres­i­dent Mr. Yow­eri Mu­sev­eni

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