In Uganda, many places do not accept credit cards and traveler’s checks. Clients are advised to carry enough cash for the trip. The most common foreign currency is US dollar followed by euro and British pound. These currencies are accepted only in some of the hotels and travel agencies. Foreign currencies should be exchanged for Uganda shillings. A fair rate is given for 100-dollar and 50-dollar notes, the smaller denominations attract a lower rate. Please note that dollar bills issued before 2000 are not accepted.
You will need 6-month validity on your passport when you enter to Uganda.
Uganda visa applications are to be made online as explained below.
Single entry tourist visa, transit visa and multiple entry visa are to be applied on the website below.
Kindly apply well before your travel date.
East African tourist visas, Rentry Visa, Diplomatic/official visas are to be applied for at the embassy of Uganda in your home country.
Yellow Fever vaccination is a requirement.
The power socket used in Uganda is BF type with 3 square pins and the voltage is 220v. Visitors are advised to carry a plug adapter and transformer.
Although Uganda is right on the equator, it is cold in the morning and evening because of the high altitude. We advise visitors to carry warm clothes suitable for the weather at around 15℃.
Visitors are advised to carry rubber slippers for use in the hotel room and shower.
Please carry your own shampoo and toiletries. These are not provided in some middle and lower class accommodation facilities.
For personal hygiene, it is advisable that you carry your own bath towel.
For travel out of the city, visitors will need to carry their own toilet paper for use in upcountry facilities that do not provide it.
We recommend that you carry an umbrella for use when it rains.
A bag with a lock is helpful to keep property safe in the hotel rooms. Visitors are advised to keep their valuables on themselves at all times. Baggage allowances on local flights may be limited so a bag would be useful.
Middle and upper class accommodations usually have mosquito nets in the rooms or insecticide is sprayed as they prepare the rooms every night. However, it is advisable to carry a battery operated or spray repellent for personal use in some places.
You can purchase glasses and contact lenses in Kampala but they may not be available outside Kampala.