The destination Uganda on the morning of July 22nd started to issue the Single entry Visa to the visitors including those on Safaris to Uganda at half the price of what it used to cost.
Uganda Visa had been hiked to the price of $100 from the $50 something
that was heavily protested by a range of stakeholders especially the
tour operators with the argument that the high fees were discouraging
the Uganda Safari travel.
The country has for the whole of the previous year been bewildered by setbacks in the number of travelers on safaris and tours in Uganda
resulting into the low occupancy rates at the safari lodges as well.
The high Visa fees added to the 18% VAT made the destination expensive
resulting into reduced arrivals. Of course, this situation was worsened
by the pre-election speculation where hyper reporting was all over media
including International media something that made some of the potential
travelers that had interest in taking up tours to Uganda to rethink their decision.
the anticipated after election violence never happened and when the
nation was still enchanting because of that, another magical decision
arrived when the Uganda Visa was reversed to its old price of $50. The
continuous engagements with the Uganda Immigration Officials, the Visa
fee was eventually brought back to $50 commencing 22nd July 2016 at all entry ports of Uganda including Entebbe International Airport.
this comes at a time when Uganda is introducing the online visa
application programme where those intending to travel to Uganda have to
submit their application online for approval before traveling to the
port of entry. This will not only save time at the Airport but also
enhance the national security which is to the benefit of all.
reduction of the Visa fees is believed to pose a significant impact on
the tourism sector by increasing the tourist arrivals which in turn will
result into increase accommodation occupancy and the revenues generated
from tourism. The trend in the number of Uganda tour undertakers is anticipated to keep positive since the destination is no longer costly.