The government of Uganda has finally increased their traveler's visa fees from the old rate of USD50 to USD100.This has happen amidst confusion in all Uganda Consular's and Embassies who are still showing the old rate of USD50.00 on their websites and blogs. The visa fees increment was proposed in Uganda National Budget that was read last month June where the ministry of finance clearly said that this increase was beneficial for the country as it would generate more foreign exchange and income from the visitors on Uganda safaris.
Uganda has followed her neighboring sister country Kenya who were the
first to increase their visa fees to USD50 and are about to request all
travelers interested in under taking safaris tours
to Kenya to start applying by offering all details online in order to
check who be offered or denied visa. It should be noted that all these
countries are coping from Rwanda because
it was the first country in east African Community to start online visa
registration. It’s not yet certain whether Uganda will also start
requesting for visitors to do online visa request.
tourism stakeholders in Uganda have showed their dissatisfaction and are
very shocked by this drive since they believe that increasing visa fees
will automatically make Uganda an expensive Safari destination compared
to other neighboring East Africa tourism destinations. With the dollar
rate increasing on daily basis, the introduction of VAT on all Uganda safari
lodges has instead made Uganda bit expensive in comparison to other
East African countries. To counter act this, the government through
ministry of finance says that it will increase tourism budget from the
former 16 billion to 30 billion to fund marketing, product development
as well as infrastructure development in the next financial year. As per
now, travelers can now apply for their visa at any Uganda Embassies or
consular's in their countries or can get them upon arrival at Entebbe
International Airport after paying USD100 to immigrations.
Uganda is gifted with various tourist attractions which range from mountain gorillas,
chimpanzees, River Nile, golden monkeys, stunning Mountains, hospitable
people but it seems like poor government policies which do not favor
tourism sector will always affect the development of tourism yet the
government needs more visitors to undertake safaris to Uganda
in order to increase the flow of the dollars into the economy. If any
new developments come, we will let you know but at the moment, that
stands as it is.
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