UGANDA PLANNING TIPS



**PLEASE NOTE THAT THINGS ARE NOT FUNCTIONING NORMAL WITH COVID19 AND YOU SHOULD VERIFY THE CURRENT REQUIREMENTS FOR TRAVEL INTO THIS COUNTRY**

Visa Requirements – Visa Required

You can read the state department details on Uganda here.

US Citizens are required to have a visa to visit Uganda. When I visited in August 2018 it was an impromptu decision. I applied for my visa online ten days before I wanted to arrive into the country. Thankfully it was a quick turnaround and I received my visa approval email in 2 days.

When I arrived I learned about the East African visa which grants access to Uganda, Kenya and Rwanda.


I paid $50 each for Uganda and Kenya, whereas I would have gotten all three visas for the same $100 with the East African Visa.

You can purchase single or multiple entry visa’s. Most people don’t plan to go back to a country in a short amount of time so the single entry visa is sufficient, but if you are nomadic like myself and tend to move around the multiple entry is a great option.

Vaccine Requirements – Yellow Fever; Polio (for children under 5)

Please verify this information on the state department website.



Currency – Ugandan Shillings (UGX)

Local Customs –Uganda is a conservative country so keep a respectful dress code in mind when packing. It’s probably safe to wear shorts for tourist activities like hiking, safaris or boat tours. I didn’t do any of those activities, so I’m just making that assumption based on other conservative countries that I have visited.

Women – It could be considered impolite to wear shorts or pants when visiting the

local community. Most Ugandan women do not wear shorts; they wear skirts or

dresses that usually cover the knees.

Men – You will be required to wear long pants into the Mosque if you visit. Outside

of that there aren’t any specific don’ts.

Local Transportation – Motor Bikes (Boda)