Visa Requirements for Uganda:
- Who needs a visa to travel to Uganda? Learn more at https://www.immigration.go.ug/content/visas-and-passes
- Apply for a visa at https://visas.immigration.go.ug/
- Learn about the visa fees at https://visas.immigration.go.ug/#/help/visa
Visa on Arrival will be issued to delegates with the requirements listed below:
- Have a valid passport
- Invitation letter from host.
- Hotel reservation.
- Air Ticket
- USD 50 for Uganda tourist Visa.
- USD 100 for the tourist East African Visa
You can receive your visa invitation letter by filling in the online form below.
The letter will be sent to you within 24 hr following your application.
Delegates are advised to book their airport transfers directly with their respective hotel.
About Kampala, Uganda
Kampala is the capital and the largest city of Uganda. Kampala is also known as the “City of Hills”. Kampala was named after the graceful impala antelopes. The city has numerous rolling hills and wetlands which was once the home of several antelope species. Kampala is almost situated to the equator and is about 3,900 feet in altitude which explains the mild and pleasant climate.
Read more about Kampala at https://www.britannica.com/place/Kampala
The CDC and the WHO recommend the following vaccines for Uganda:
- Hepatitis A
- Hepatitis B
- Yellow Fever
Recommended clinic: http://imc.img.co.ug/imc-kololo/
An Ebola outbreak is affecting north-eastern provinces of DRC where there are borders with Uganda, Rwanda and South Sudan.
Kampala however is not affected and strict measures have been taken to manage the situation on the borders.
Places of attractions in Kampala are:
- The Bulange and Lubiri. Bulange is the Buganda Kingdom’s parliament and the Lubiri the King Kabaka’s residence
- Kasubi Tombs, which are UNESCO World Heritage
- Lake Victoria, the second largest freshwater lake in the world
- Uganda National Museum, the biggest and oldest museum in Kampala
- Gadhafi Mosque, the national mosque in Uganda
Fun facts about Kampala:
- The number of hills in Kampala is 7 and has since grown into many more
- Kampala’s altitude is 1.2 Km above sea level
- Don’t wear a Rolex in Kampala, but eat one! It is a chapatti rolled with onion omelette, tomatoes and cabbage
- Hang out at a Kafunda! A small roadside bar.
- Check the Owino Market where you can get second-hand bags, shoes and even clothes
More about the places of attractions at http://www.livinginkampala.com/tourism/tourism-in-kampala/tourist-attractions-in-kampala/
More about fun facts at https://roadsandkingdoms.com/2017/24-things-to-know-before-you-go-to-kampala/
- Currency: Uganda Shilling (UGX)
- Exchange Rate: 1 USD= 3,688 UGX
- Socket: Type G with standard voltage of 240 V and standard frequency is 50 Hz
- Telephone Code: +256
- Time zone: EAT (GMT +3)
- Climate: Uganda has warm tropical climate ranging from 25°-29° C. You can check for the weather forecast at https://www.accuweather.com/en/ug/kampala/318416/weather-forecast/318416
The official spoken languages in Uganda are English and Swahili. Uganda is a multilingual country with forty native languages which can be grouped into 3 main languages, mostly Bantu, Central Sudanic and Nilotic.
- Handshakes are common
- A handshake is usually appropriate between men and women but it’s best to wait for the woman to extend her hand first otherwise a bow or a nod of acknowledgement will suffice
Learn more about the etiquettes at http://guide.culturecrossing.net/basics_business_student_details.php?Id=7&CID=212
Some famous dialects:
- “Oli Otya”- how are you?
- “Gyendi” – I’m fine
- “Webale”- Thank you
Getting around in Kampala:
- Public buses
- Mini buses called taxis or matatus
- Car hire
- Motor Bike (also known as "boda boda")
Disclaimer: Caution must be exercised while using the means of transport above
More about transportations in Kampala at http://www.traveluganda.co.ug/businfo.php