Visa-free countries for Ugandans
Visa-free countries for Ugandans

Visa-free countries for Ugandans

Traveling with an Ugandan passport

Ugandan passport is an official document issued to Uganda citizens for international travel. Ugandan passports are processed by Government of Uganda through the Directorate of Immigration Control (DCIC). They may be held exclusively by persons that are proven to be citizens of Uganda. In January, Uganda government implemented new e-passports.

Currently, Ugandan passport has 77th place in the Henley Passport Index. Ugandan citizens can travel to 39 visa-free countries only with a valid passport on hand. Uganda passport holders can also get an e-Visa to 10 travel destinations, a visa on arrival in 26 countries, and a regular visa to 151 countries.

Ugandan passport application process

Ugandan passports can only be issued to and held by the Uganda citizens. The citizenship of Uganda can be acquired by birth, registration, and naturalization.

To apply for an Ugandan passport, it is necessary to follow the procedures prescribed by the Government of Uganda:

  1. Go to the Passport Portal, accept its terms and conditions and answer security questions.
  2. Fill out the passport application form.
  3. Print Passport Application Payment Advice Form and cover the fees in the selected bank.
  4. Schedule appointment and print Passport Application Appointment Form.

Countries where Ugandan passport holders travel visa-free

Uganda citizens can travel without a visa to a number of countries. It allows to avoid spending additional time and money and makes traveling a more enjoyable experience overall. To enter visa-exempted countries, Uganda nationals do not have to prepare a long list of documents – it is enough have a valid Ugandan passport or e-Passport.

At the moment, there are 39 visa-free countries for Ugandan citizens:

  • BarbadosBarbados
  • BurundiBurundi
  • BeninBenin
  • BahamasBahamas
  • BotswanaBotswana
  • BelizeBelize
  • Cook IslandsCook Islands
  • DominicaDominica
  • EcuadorEcuador
  • EritreaEritrea
  • FijiFiji
  • MicronesiaMicronesia
  • GrenadaGrenada
  • GhanaGhana
  • GambiaGambia
  • Hong KongHong Kong
  • HaitiHaiti
  • JamaicaJamaica
  • KenyaKenya
  • Saint Kitts and NevisSaint Kitts and Nevis
  • LesothoLesotho
  • MontserratMontserrat
  • MauritiusMauritius
  • MalawiMalawi
  • MalaysiaMalaysia
  • MozambiqueMozambique
  • NiueNiue
  • PhilippinesPhilippines
  • TanzaniaTanzania
  • Saint Vincent and the GrenadinesSaint Vincent and the Grenadines
  • British Virgin IslandsBritish Virgin Islands
  • VanuatuVanuatu
  • ZambiaZambia
  • ZimbabweZimbabwe
  • SingaporeSingapore
  • RwandaRwanda
  • South SudanSouth Sudan
  • Antigua and BarbudaAntigua and Barbuda
  • EswatiniEswatini

Benefits of visiting visa-free countries with an Ugandan passport

Ugandan passport is very beneficial, as it allows to visit 39 countries without a visa. The ability to travel visa-free saves your time, since you do not need to spend it on gathering documents for a visa, completing the visa application, and attending the diplomatic mission. It also enables you to stay flexible: you can change your plans on the spot without adhering to visa requirements.

Moreover, those having visa exemption spend less money, as they do not have to pay visa fees. Traveling to visa-free countries is generally a more relaxing experience because you are able to omit all the visa hassle and focus on your journey entirely.

Countries offering eVisa to Ugandan passport holders

Certain countries also offer Uganda passport holders a facilitated method of obtaining a visa by applying online. It is not necessary to attend an embassy for an electronic visa – just complete the form, cover the fees, and receive approval via email.

Check the list of 10 countries with e-Visa services:

  • United Arab EmiratesUnited Arab Emirates
  • DjiboutiDjibouti
  • GabonGabon
  • IndiaIndia
  • KyrgyzstanKyrgyzstan
  • MyanmarMyanmar
  • SurinameSuriname
  • South AfricaSouth Africa
  • São Tomé and PríncipeSão Tomé and Príncipe
  • QatarQatar

Countries offering visas on arrival to Ugandan passport holders

A visa on arrival is available for Uganda nationals in 26 countries. An on-arrival visa does not require any prearrangement: travelers are able to receive it upon arrival at the entry point. It is a convenient method, however, take into account that the visa on arrival is not guaranteed and you still can be visa-denied.

An on-arrival visa can be issued to Uganda passport holders in the following 26 countries:

  • BangladeshBangladesh
  • BoliviaBolivia
  • Cabo VerdeCabo Verde
  • EthiopiaEthiopia
  • Guinea BissauGuinea Bissau
  • GuineaGuinea
  • IranIran
  • CambodiaCambodia
  • KiribatiKiribati
  • ComorosComoros
  • LaosLaos
  • Saint LuciaSaint Lucia
  • MadagascarMadagascar
  • MacauMacau
  • MauritaniaMauritania
  • MaldivesMaldives
  • NamibiaNamibia
  • NicaraguaNicaragua
  • NepalNepal
  • Sierra LeoneSierra Leone
  • SenegalSenegal
  • SomaliaSomalia
  • TogoTogo
  • Timor LesteTimor Leste
  • TuvaluTuvalu
  • SeychellesSeychelles
  • PalauPalau

Countries where Ugandan citizens need to get a visa to travel to

To get into other countries, Uganda citizens need to attend an embassy or consulate in person and apply for a regular visa. The application for such a visa may take more time and effort than for an e-Visa, but a regular visa can be issued for long-term period.

The 151 travel destinations accessible for Uganda citizens with a regular visa include:

  • AndorraAndorra
  • AfghanistanAfghanistan
  • AnguillaAnguilla
  • AlbaniaAlbania
  • ArmeniaArmenia
  • AngolaAngola
  • ArgentinaArgentina
  • American SamoaAmerican Samoa
  • AustriaAustria
  • AustraliaAustralia
  • ArubaAruba
  • AzerbaijanAzerbaijan
  • Bosnia and HerzegovinaBosnia and Herzegovina
  • BelgiumBelgium
  • Burkina FasoBurkina Faso
  • BulgariaBulgaria
  • BahrainBahrain
  • BermudaBermuda
  • BruneiBrunei
  • BrazilBrazil
  • BhutanBhutan
  • BelarusBelarus
  • CanadaCanada
  • CongoCongo
  • Central African RepublicCentral African Republic
  • Republic of the CongoRepublic of the Congo
  • SwitzerlandSwitzerland
  • Ivory CoastIvory Coast
  • ChileChile
  • CameroonCameroon
  • ChinaChina
  • ColombiaColombia
  • Costa RicaCosta Rica
  • SerbiaSerbia
  • CubaCuba
  • CyprusCyprus
  • GermanyGermany
  • DenmarkDenmark
  • DominicaDominica
  • Dominican RepublicDominican Republic
  • AlgeriaAlgeria
  • EstoniaEstonia
  • EgyptEgypt
  • SpainSpain
  • FinlandFinland
  • Falkland IslandsFalkland Islands
  • Faroe IslandsFaroe Islands
  • FranceFrance
  • United KingdomUnited Kingdom
  • GeorgiaGeorgia
  • French GuianaFrench Guiana
  • GibraltarGibraltar
  • GreenlandGreenland
  • GuineaGuinea
  • Equatorial GuineaEquatorial Guinea
  • GreeceGreece
  • GuatemalaGuatemala
  • GuamGuam
  • GuyanaGuyana
  • HondurasHonduras
  • CroatiaCroatia
  • HungaryHungary
  • IndonesiaIndonesia
  • IrelandIreland
  • IsraelIsrael
  • IraqIraq
  • IcelandIceland
  • ItalyItaly
  • JordanJordan
  • JapanJapan
  • North KoreaNorth Korea
  • South KoreaSouth Korea
  • KuwaitKuwait
  • Cayman IslandsCayman Islands
  • KazakhstanKazakhstan
  • LebanonLebanon
  • LiechtensteinLiechtenstein
  • Sri LankaSri Lanka
  • LiberiaLiberia
  • LithuaniaLithuania
  • LuxembourgLuxembourg
  • LatviaLatvia
  • LibyaLibya
  • MoroccoMorocco
  • MonacoMonaco
  • MoldovaMoldova
  • MontenegroMontenegro
  • Marshall IslandsMarshall Islands
  • MacedoniaMacedonia
  • MaliMali
  • MongoliaMongolia
  • Northern Mariana IslandsNorthern Mariana Islands
  • MaltaMalta
  • MexicoMexico
  • New CaledoniaNew Caledonia
  • NigerNiger
  • NigeriaNigeria
  • NetherlandsNetherlands
  • NorwayNorway
  • NauruNauru
  • New ZealandNew Zealand
  • OmanOman
  • PanamaPanama
  • PeruPeru
  • French PolynesiaFrench Polynesia
  • Papua New GuineaPapua New Guinea
  • PakistanPakistan
  • PolandPoland
  • San MarinoSan Marino
  • El SalvadorEl Salvador
  • SyriaSyria
  • Caicos IslandsCaicos Islands
  • ChadChad
  • ThailandThailand
  • TajikistanTajikistan
  • TurkmenistanTurkmenistan
  • TunisiaTunisia
  • TongaTonga
  • TurkeyTurkey
  • TaiwanTaiwan
  • UkraineUkraine
  • United StatesUnited States
  • UruguayUruguay
  • UzbekistanUzbekistan
  • Vatican CityVatican City
  • VenezuelaVenezuela
  • VietnamVietnam
  • SamoaSamoa
  • YemenYemen
  • MayotteMayotte
  • PortugalPortugal
  • SwedenSweden
  • SlovakiaSlovakia
  • SloveniaSlovenia
  • RussiaRussia
  • Saudi ArabiaSaudi Arabia
  • Trinidad and TobagoTrinidad and Tobago
  • RomaniaRomania
  • ParaguayParaguay
  • SudanSudan
  • KosovoKosovo
  • PalestinePalestine
  • United States Virgin IslandsUnited States Virgin Islands
  • Turks and Caicos IslandsTurks and Caicos Islands
  • Solomon IslandsSolomon Islands
  • Saint MartinSaint Martin
  • Saint HelenaSaint Helena
  • ReunionReunion
  • Puerto RicoPuerto Rico
  • CuracaoCuracao
  • Caribbean NetherlandsCaribbean Netherlands