New e-immigration system for processing visas and permits

12 July 2016

With effect from 1 July 2016, all travellers to Uganda, prior to travel, must apply for an e-visa via the immigration system - 

This concerns applications for tourist visas, student passes, special passes and work permits. 

Once the application is approved, tourists and business travellers will receive an authorisation document by email. Such document needs to be submitted together with a relevant fee at the port of entry to Uganda or alternatively to the Uganda high commission or Uganda diplomatic mission overseas. Subsequently, traveller’s passport is stamped with the relevant visa/permit. 

Ugandan employers hiring foreign workers will be required to present their Articles of Association in order to have a unique organisation code issued, which needs to be entered on all work permit applications. Moreover, the foreign employee must apply for a visa for employment purposes once the relevant documentation is approved. 

The foreign employees in Uganda must pay the work permit fee and have their fingerprints and photos taken at the Directorate of Citizenship and Immigration Control (DCID).  

It is hoped that the new process will act as a deterrent to employers attempting to process in-country work permit applications. 

What this means for you as an employer? 

The DCID have advised that the new e-immigration system will completely phase out the previous manual process and so employers should ensure their employees are mindful of this change and that it is factored into any planned travel or assignments into Uganda.  

Please do not hesitate to reach out to your usual PwC Legal contact for further details.





i need to get a student pass,im a Tanzanian citizen who study at Bugema University,i need your assistance in getting of student pass.My passport number is AB:10094867.
The Bugema code is 040236025.THANKS

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