Most Ugandans have to take a long process to get a visa to travel to some countries.
However, do you know that there are countries in which you can travel without a visa or get a visa on arrival as a Uganda national?
To be able to visit these visa-free countries only require having only a valid Ugandan passport.
In this article, you will find all about what you require to visit visa-free countries for Uganda passport holders, what visa-free mean, visa on arrival, and countries you can visit visa-free.
Read on to find out!
According to Henley’s passport index, the Ugandan passport is ranked 79th in terms of travel freedom. If you are Ugandan, there are advantages you can enjoy by holding a passport.
Do you know what a passport means?
What Is A Passport?
A passport refers to the travel document, usually issued to its citizens by the government of a country, which certifies its holder’s identity and nationality primarily for international travel purposes.
Meaning the Uganda passport is issued by the Ugandan immigration to its nationals.
It doesn’t matter whether you are in Kampala, Entebbe, Guli, Jinja, or Mbarara, you can apply for the Uganda passport very easily.
Standard passports may give information like the holder’s name, place and date of birth, photograph, signature, and other relevant identification information.
A passport holder is usually obligated to enter the country that granted the passport, although some citizens may not be full residents entitled to a passport.
A passport by itself does not provide any privileges in the country being visited or in any way connect the issuing country, such as offering consular assistance.
Passport is an essential travel document. One should be in possession of a passport to travel across the world, and more so, the visa-free countries for Ugandans that we are going to see in this post.
Read also: Complete List Of Visa Free Countries For Ghana.
What Does Visa-Free Mean?
Visa-free travel means the chance to get into a country without obtaining a visa first.
Visa-free policies come into play following agreements with other countries allowing their citizens to travel there without having to go through lengthy and tiresome visa application procedures.
So, a visa-free country prior to your visit allows you to enter with your passport across borders as it is in agreement with your mother country or issue your visa upon arrival.
While in most visa-free countries, you typically need no more than a passport to clear customs, some countries that require specific documents, such as evidence of onward travel, before allowing you to enter.
What Does Visa On Arrival Mean?
Visa on arrival refers to instances when travelers must obtain a visa in order to enter the destination country. Still, it can be issued with a visa upon arrival at the point of entry.
There is no need to apply for a travel visa before entering the country. Visa upon arrival takes minimum time to process and not a lengthy process to undertake.
Which Countries Can Ugandan Passport Holders Travel Without A Visa?
The table below shows all the countries Ugandan passport holders can travel to without a visa:
List of Visa Free Countries For Ugandan Passport Holders
|Countries||Extent Of Visa-Free|
|Antigua and Barbuda||visa-free / 180 days|
|Bahamas||visa-free / 90 days|
|Bangladesh||visa on arrival / 30 days|
|Barbados||visa-free / 180 days|
|Benin||visa-free / 90 days|
|Bolivia||visa on arrival / eVisa / 90 days|
|Botswana||visa-free / 90 days|
|Burundi||visa-free / 90 days|
|Cambodia||visa on arrival / eVisa / 30 days|
|Cape Verde||visa on arrival|
|Comoros||visa on arrival / 45 days|
|Cote d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast)||pre-enrollment|
|Cuba||tourist card / 30 days|
|Dominica||visa-free / 180 days|
|Ecuador||visa-free / 90 days|
|Eswatini||visa-free / 30 days|
|Ethiopia||visa on arrival / eVisa / 90 days|
|Fiji||visa-free / 120 days|
|Gambia||visa-free / 90 days|
|Ghana||visa-free / 90 days|
|Grenada||visa-free / 90 days|
|Guinea||eVisa / 90 days|
|Guinea-Bissau||visa on arrival / eVisa / 90 days|
|Haiti||visa-free / 90 days|
|Hong Kong||visa-free / 30 days|
|Indonesia||visa-free / 30 days|
|Iran||visa on arrival / eVisa / 30 days|
|Kenya||visa-free / 90 days|
|Laos||visa on arrival / eVisa / 30 days|
|Lesotho||visa-free / 90 days|
|Macao||visa on arrival / 30 days|
|Madagascar||visa on arrival / eVisa / 90 days|
|Malawi||visa-free / 90 days|
|Malaysia||visa-free / 30 days|
|Maldives||visa on arrival / 30 days|
|Mauritania||visa on arrival|
|Micronesia||visa-free / 30 days|
|Mozambique||visa on arrival / 30 days|
|Myanmar [Burma]||eVisa / 28 days|
|Namibia||visa on arrival / 90 days|
|Nepal||visa on arrival / 90 days|
|Nicaragua||visa on arrival / 30 days|
|Nigeria||pre-visa on arrival|
|Palau||visa on arrival / 30 days|
|Philippines||visa-free / 30 days|
|Qatar||eVisa / 30 days|
|Rwanda||free visa on arrival / 180 days|
|Saint Kitts and Nevis||visa-free / 90 days|
|Saint Lucia||visa on arrival / 42 days|
|Samoa||visa on arrival / 60 days|
|Senegal||visa on arrival / 30 days|
|Seychelles||tourist registration / 90 days|
|Sierra Leone||visa on arrival / 30 days|
|Singapore||visa-free / 30 days|
|Somalia||visa on arrival / 30 days|
|South Sudan||visa on arrival|
|St. Vincent and the Grenadines||visa-free / 30 days|
|Tanzania||visa-free / 90 days|
|Timor-Leste||visa on arrival / 30 days|
|Togo||visa on arrival / 7 days|
|Tuvalu||visa on arrival / 30 days|
|Vanuatu||visa-free / 30 days|
|Zambia||visa-free / 90 days|
|Zimbabwe||visa-free / 90 days|
Hence Ugandans who wish to travel abroad have 68 countries visa free, 15 of them in Africa. Among these visa-free countries, they differ in terms of how long you are allowed to stay.
For Example, Malaysia allows Ugandans to only stay for not more than two months while the Philippines allows only one month’s stay.
Other countries allow adequate time of up to 90 days, which is Zimbabwe, Tanzania, and Zambia. Among the 15 visas free visa-free for Ugandans, 14 of them issue a visa on arrival.
The conditions to issue the visa on arrival differ from one country to another. In most cases, they will require you to have Ugandan Valid passport or travel documents, proof that you have enough money for expenses, return ticket, and proof that you have booked a hotel to stay.
Recommended reading: List Of Visa Free countries For UAE Residents.
Which Countries Do Ugandans Need Visa On Arrival?
Countries that issue visas upon arrival for Ugandans include the following; Cape Verde, Comoros, Ethiopia, Djibouti, Gabon, Guinea Bissau, Madagascar, Mauritania, Mozambique, Senegal, Somalia, South Sudan, Senegal, and Togo. Others are Bolivia, Cambodia, Cuba, Iran, Laos, Macao, Maldives, Myanmar (Burma), Nepal, Nicaragua, Palau, Qatar, St Lucia, Samoa, Timor-Leste, and Tuvalu.
Meaning, as a Ugandan national, you can travel to any of these countries and obtain a visa when you arrive in the country.
Ugandans do not need to get a visa before traveling to these countries.
Is South Africa Visa-Free To Uganda?
No. South Africa is not a visa-free country for Uganda passport holders. This means Ugandan citizens require a visa to travel to South Africa. You need to acquire all the necessary traveling documents before you can enter South Africa.
For Ugandan passport holders, you need to go through all the appropriate embassies and offices to obtain a South African visa before you travel to that country.
You do not need to fake documents or use any counterfeit papers for traveling.
What Travel Vaccines Do Ugandans Need?
When traveling outside the country, there is a need for proof of vaccination for certain countries. This is to prevent the spread of infectious diseases.
The WHO recommends the following vaccines for Uganda:
- Yellow fever
- Mumps and rubella (MMR)
- Hepatitis A
- Hepatitis B
Now you know the visa-free countries for Uganda passport holders. It is time to pack your bag and luggage and visit as many of these visa-free or visa on arrival countries.
Note that some of these countries may change their visa policies so I will advise that you visit the appropriate embassy or consular to get the latest information the visa-free status for Uganda passport holders.