Uganda tourism fees decrease by 50%

Image courtesy of Uganda Tourism

Image courtesy of Uganda Tourism

Known as the Pearl of Africa and with 10 national parks, Uganda is a popular African tourism destination. And now that the Ugandan government’s reduced visa fees from US$100 to US$50, the country is even more accessible.

“Uganda listens carefully to stakeholders – especially in the tourism sector – and we respond,” said the Hon Frank Tumwebaze, Minister of ICT and National Guidance. “We have made this decision so that we enable more tourist to enjoy holidays, leisure and safaris in our beautiful country at a much lower cost than most other places in the world.”

Effective from 22 July, and in conjunction with the recently introduced e-visa, the reduction aims to promote tourism in Uganda. The new visa system allows visitors to apply for visas online, receive an approval notification and then be issued a document upon entry.

“This is a great decision by Uganda in moving towards a more competitive visa rate, and ultimately making it easier and cheaper for tourists to visit the country,” said Tim Henshall, representative for Uganda Tourism in the UK. “As well as their famous mountain gorillas, Uganda offers great safaris, fantastic birding, world-class hiking stunning scenery and fascinating cultures.”

The reduction only applies to single entry (tourist) visas. Visitors can apply for visas online, here.

Fly to Uganda with South African Airways. For more information, visit the SAA website.

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