This week we started with a rather unpleasant
surprise about the increased visa fees for Uganda. Although we have all been
shocked by this sudden decision, we strongly hope that it will not stop your
customers from travelling to Uganda.
Because there is a very interesting alternative for the single entry visa fee!As a matter of fact, Uganda is not the only destination in East Africa that saw its immigration regulations changed.
Here is an overview of the new visa regimes (fees and application methods) for the East African countries:
Effective 1st July 2015 the single entry tourist visa fee costs US $100 per person. Visas can still be purchased directly upon arrival and paid for in cash.
Effective 1st June 2015 the single entry tourist visa for Rwanda increased from US $30 to US $50 per person. Visas have to be applied for online via the Rwanda Immigration website.
Kindly note that some of the countries that were previously exempted from paying visa fees are no longer exempted. They are now required to pay visa fees but are allowed to obtain their visa upon arrival at Kigali International Airport. Affected countries include: Australia, Germany, Israel, New Zealand, South Africa, Sweden, United Kingdom (UK) and the United States of America (USA).
On 1st July 2015, the Kenyan government launched an online visa application. Any travellers visiting the country have to apply for their visa online via the portal www.ecitizen.go.ke and present a copy of their E-visa upon at the immigration.
Due to the short notice, travellers arriving in July and August are also still able to obtain their visa directly at the border, without an online confirmation. However, effective 1st September all visitors to Kenya will be required to apply and pay for the visa online.
- You will need to scan and upload your passport and passport photo.
- Payment has to be made via Visa card, Mastercard or other debit card.
- Download and print the eVisa from your eCitizen account. This should be presented to the immigration officer at the port of entry. Passengers who cannot present a printed copy of their eVisa might be denied entry.
- The visa process takes at least two working days up to one full week.
- The visa processing fee is non-refundable. Incomplete applications will be rejected.
- The possession of an eVisa is not the final authority to enter Kenya.
EAST AFRICAN TOURIST VISA
Due to the increased visa fees, the East African Tourist Visa has now become a very interesting alternative. Especially if your customers are planning to combine two or more of the above mentioned destinations, they will save a lot of hassle and money at the immigration.
The East African Tourist Visa costs US $100 and allows a 90-days multiple entry to Uganda, Rwanda and Kenya. Regretfully, Tanzania is not (yet) a member of the East African community and therefore not part of this special visa arrangement.
How to obtain the East African Tourist Visa:
Upon arrival at the border, no (online) application in advance is required. The visa can be paid directly in cash.
Online via the Rwanda Immigration website.Similar to the application for the single entry visa but make sure to select the East African Tourist Visa.
Currently still only available directly upon arrival but soon via the online portal as well.
Make sure that your customers benefit from the East African Tourist Visa and combine Rwanda's impressive scenery with Uganda's primates and Kenya's s abundant wildlife!