Uganda visa requirements for Ethiopian citizens

Uganda is a beautiful country in East Africa with nice weather all year round, rich wildlife, and extensive waterfalls, meadows, The Rift Valley, and Lake Victoria, among other lovely side attractions. The natural beauty of the country has attracted millions of visitors over the last decade and the number of foreigners trooping in keeps growing by the year. One of the nationalities that visit Uganda is Ethiopians. If you are from Ethiopia and wish to visit Uganda for holidays or business, you need to know the Uganda visa requirements for Ethiopian citizens.

Below we review the requirements and application steps so you can get the Uganda tourist visa you seek on time.

Uganda E Visa

The Uganda electronic visa (e-visa) was a 2016 initiative launched by the Ugandan government. The principal purpose of the visa is to simplify the visa application process for Ethiopian visitors, so they don’t have to visit the embassy in Addis Ababa. In addition, applicants don’t have to submit physical copies of their documents, nor do they have to deal with any visa center or official.

The application process is solely online and can be completed in the comfort of your home or office in 30 minutes or less. E visas are valid for 90 days and allow the holder to stay for up to 45 days.

Business Visa

The business visa is for Ethiopian business persons with business interests in Uganda. They can visit the country to attend meetings and conferences, set up new businesses, enter negotiations, or participate in any business-related activity.

Transit Visa

Transit Visas are for those taking connecting flights in Uganda en route to other countries. The visa is valid for only three days. However, you don't need a transit visa if you don’t plan to leave the airport.

East Africa Visa

Do you have plans to visit Kenya or Rwanda as well? Instead of applying for separate visas to visit all three countries, you can apply for a single East Africa Visa, which grants you access to all of them. The East Africa Visa is a joint agreement between the Kenyan, Rwandan and Ugandan governments to facilitate travel across the region and boost the respective countries' tourism industries.

Just like the other visas above, the East Africa visa is valid for 90 days and allows the holder to freely enter and exit the countries at will. However, the visa is only issued for tourism, and the holder must visit the country that issued the visa before visiting the other two.

Visa On Arrival

There is also a visa on arrival for Ethiopians who arrive in Uganda without a visa. The visa on arrival form is available at the arrival point at Entebbe airport. Any visitor coming for tourism will be issued the form to fill, sign and attach their document. After paying the visa application fee and submitting your passport, the immigration officer on duty will stamp it and issue you the visa so you can enter the country legally. The duration you will be given will be at the sole discretion of the officer.

How To Apply For A Visa Online

VisaHQ offers Ethiopians the opportunity to apply for a visa online in just a few steps. Arrange your documents and do the following.

  • Visit VisaHQ

  • Choose Uganda as your destination

  • Choose Ethiopia as your country of citizenship

  • Select the visa you want

  • Fill out the application form correctly

  • Attach the required documents

  • Pay the application fee

  • Submit for Approval

Once your application is approved, the authorities will send the visa to your email address within 3-5 working days. You must print it out and bring it on your trip to Uganda.

Uganda Visa Requirements For Ethiopian Citizens

Here are the visa application requirements.

 Completed Application Form: A completed and signed application form filled with the correct details.

Passport: An Ethiopian passport valid for 6 months, at least with two blank pages for visa stamps. Upload the bio page to the application portal.

Flight Ticket: Flight ticket reservation for the return trip back to Ethiopia after you conclude your visit.

Yellow Fever vaccination: A Yellow Fever vaccination certificate showing that you have received the vaccine.

Photograph: A passport-sized photograph showing your face clearly.

 Hotel Reservation: Copy of hotel reservation. This can be done online ahead of your arrival.

Travel Itinerary: Your travel plans detailing your arrival and departure dates, including the places you plan to visit.

Card: A bank issued credit or debit card to pay the visa fee online

Ethiopians are also advised to purchase COVID-19 insurance to protect themselves in case they contract the virus while in Uganda. Those traveling with minors should also endeavor to vaccinate their ward for polio and obtain a polio Vaccination certificate as proof.

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