After years of instability, tourism in Uganda is a developing industry. The main focus is on the national parks, especially the tropical forest parks, which house rare mountain gorillas. Uganda is one of only three countries where you can see mountain gorillas in the wild. Most of the gorillas live in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. This park shelters approximately 300 mountain gorillas, half of all the mountain gorillas that exist in the entire world.
To visit Uganda as a tourist, US citizens need a passport, which must be valid for at least 3 months after the date you enter the country, and a Ugandan tourist visa. You may apply for a visa upon arrival at Entebbe Airport, or to be on the safe side you can apply for one before you leave the US. Many airlines won’t let you get on the plane to Uganda without a visa, so don’t assume that you will be able to get one on arrival .
Either way, here’s what you will need:
- 2 completed copies of a Ugandan visa application form
- 2 passport-sized photos
- An international certificate of vaccination for yellow fever (carry this with you when you enter Uganda as well)
- A copy of your round-trip itinerary
Additionally, children under the age of 5 need a polio vaccine to enter the country. Tourist visas can be valid for as long as three months, but you need to pay attention at the airport, as the immigration officer will determine how long you can stay when you arrive in Uganda.
RushMyTravelVisa can help you apply for a Ugandan visa. We’ll also research the visa requirements for your itinerary to ensure you have all the visas you need in hand before your trip. We offer clear, easy to follow instructions to help you with the application paperwork, and we deliver your application to the appropriate visa or consulate for the fastest available processing.