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How to get a Uganda visa for US citizens?

by Catherine Carey | September 5, 2023
Visit Kampala in Uganda with your Uganda visa for US citizens

To travel to Uganda is a once in a lifetime experience. From the lush rainforests of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, home to the majestic mountain gorillas, to the vast savannahs of Queen Elizabeth National Park, where lions roam freely, Uganda offers a diverse range of landscapes and wildlife. A Uganda trip will also immerse you in a land of vibrant cultures, warm hospitality, and a rich history.

There are so many things to do in Uganda: exploring the jungle of Bwindi, going on a Uganda gorilla trekking experience, discovering the Murchison Falls and getting carried away in the city of Kampala are just some of the main things you need to see in Uganda.

Are you a US citizen and are visiting Uganda? Then this is your guide on the Uganda visa application process and what do you need to get a Uganda visa for US citizens.

Do US citizens need a visa for Uganda?

Yes, US citizens need a visa for Uganda to travel to Uganda. You can get your Uganda visa online with Visagov. 

The Uganda electronic visa (e-Visa) is an online visa that is mandatory for the majority of travelers, including citizens of the United States of America. You will need an eVisa, if you want to visit Uganda for a short-term for tourism, visiting family, business conferences and/or medical treatment.

If you want to live or work in Uganda, you will need to contact your nearest Ugandan embassy and start the process for obtaining a visa there.

Ape in Uganda with Uganda visa for US citizens

Requirements for a Uganda visa for US citizens

The Uganda visa requirements are mainly:

  • Having a valid passport for at least 6 months since your date of entry. 
  • Having a visa
  • Having a yellow fever vaccination certificate. You must show that you have been vaccinated against the disease.

Nevertheless, make sure to check out our article on Uganda entry requirements. Also, keep in mind that there are Uganda COVID entry requirements. You will have to show a PCR Before entry. The PCR should be done for up to 72 hours. If you are fully vaccinated, you don’t have to show it.

Travelers that show symptoms of COVID-19 will be tested upon arrival and required to be quarantined until results are in and if they are positive. Keep in mind that you will need to wear a face mask in all public places.

The Uganda International Arrivals COVID-19 Pre-Registration it is no longer required to enter the country.

How long does it take to get the Uganda visa for US citizens?

To apply for the Uganda visa for US citizens will only be a matter of minutes. Then you will receive your visa directly by email in a matter of a 3 days.

How much does a Uganda visa cost for US citizens?

With Visagov you can apply for:

  • A tourism single entry 3 months Visa for around $55.
  • A transit visa that allows you to stay in the country for 24 hours for around $55.
  • A visa that allows multiple entries for 12 months for around $111. There is another one for a validity period of 2 years for around $173.
  • East African Tourist visa that allows you to visit Uganda, Rwanda and Kenya for 90 days. It costs around $111.

What vaccines do I need to travel to Uganda from the US?

To travel to Uganda you will need some vaccines. Uganda is home to many tropical jungles, which means it is also home to many tropical jungle diseases. Apart from the mandatory yellow fever vaccine, it is recommended to be vaccinated against Typhoid fever, Hepatitis A/B, Meningococcal Meningitis; Rabies, Polio, and Diphtheria.

We recommend asking your doctor before traveling to Uganda, which vaccines and safety measures you should take depending on your case. 

Medical treatment can be limited and not guaranteed as the infrastructure of most hospitals lacks proper emergency medical care equipment. Therefore, international medical coverage is also highly recommended.  

Ugandan people playing drums

Where is the Uganda Embassy in the US?

The Embassy of the Republic of Uganda is located in Washington DC.

Address: 5911 16th Street NW, Washington, DC 20011 

Phone: +1-(202) 726-7100Fax: (202) 726-1727


Where is the US embassy in Uganda?

The US embassy in Uganda is in Kampala.

Address: Plot 1577 Ggaba Road, P.O. Box 7007, Kampala, Uganda.


What is the time difference between Uganda and the US?

Uganda is 7 hours ahead of Washington, DC, USA. For example, if it is 12:30 in Uganda, it is 5:30 in the US.