A visa is a clearance permitting an individual to proceed to visit another country.
Ugandan/Rwandan visas are issued at our Missions/Embassies abroad and also at the Entry/Exit
Points such as Entebbe airport, Kanombe/Kigali airport, Busia, Malaba, Katuna, etc. Ugandan
visas are required by the citizens of the European Union, the USA and Japan. Not required by
nationals of many African countries, Bahamas, Seychelles, Jamaica, Mauritius, Madagascar,
Italy (only Diplomatic Passports), Cyprus. Other nationals should check. Rwandan visas
are not required by nationals of many African countries, as well as nationals of Canada,
Germany, South Africa, Sweden, UK and USA. Other nationals should check. A valid passport
is mandatory in all cases. For a stay not exceeding 6 months, the single-entry visa fee is US$60
and US$50 for Rwanda and Uganda respectively; the multiple entry visa fee is $200 for Uganda;
Rwanda does not offer a multiple-entry visa. Others who need longer periods, as well as those
who require Inland transit and student visa categories should check.
Uganda and Rwanda have a wide range of standards when it comes to places to stay - from five star hotels and first class luxury lodges,
to rustic bush camps, guesthouses and campsites. In some cases, the lodges and hotels are not as luxurious as in some European countries.
In towns, accommodation ranges from 3-5 star hotels and guesthouses. Travelers must pay in US Dollars except for the smaller guesthouses
where the local currency is used. Not all of the small town hotels are equipped to take travelers’ cheques or credit cards so
it is best you travel with some cash.
English and Swahili are the official languages and most Ugandan's are able to communicate fluently in English. Swahili,
English and French are widely spoken and understood in Rwanda. French and local Kinya-rwanda are the official languages.
Laws applicable to you
Souvenirs may be exported without restriction but game trophies such as tooth,
bone, horn, shell, claw, skin, hair, feather or other durable items are subject
to export permits. Foreigners are not allowed to engage in the local politics.
Clients are advised not to carry too much money around. Our safaris are all-inclusive and except for a need to tip, buy souvenirs and a
few meals in towns, there may be nothing else in relation to your safari that you need to buy. Kampala is well serviced with banks.
International Banks include Stanbic, Eco Bank, Barclays, Standard Chartered, and United Bank of Africa. The unit of currency in Uganda
is the Ugandan Shilling (Ugsh). British Pounds Sterling, US Dollars, German Marks, Swiss Francs, French Francs, Euro, Japanese Yen,
SA Rand notes are also used. The unit of currency in Rwanda is the Rwandan Franc (RWF).
There are no restrictions on importation or exportation of currency into or out of Uganda and Rwanda although any monies over US$5000 have
to be declared to customs officials. Licensed Forex Bureaus can be found in all major urban areas and are abundant in Kampala and Kigali.
It is safest to carry US Dollars.
Credit cards are allowed in most hotels, restaurants, banks, travel agencies and the bigger shops in Uganda.
Only a few hotels and banks in Kigali will accept credit cards. Most of the bigger banks and hotels will advance
local currency against a credit card. The most commonly accepted credit cards are VISA, MASTER CARD, DINNER'S & AMERICAN EXPRESS.
Departure tax was incorporated within the cost of the air-ticket. Rwanda, Uganda, Burundi, Kenya charge VAT at 18% for other items.
Uganda is GMT +3 hrs. Rwanda is GMT +2hrs.
It is important to note that Tourism being a year-round activity,
these holidays do not affect the operations of travel agencies/tour
operators, national parks and other tourism-service providers.
The following are public holidays in Uganda on which offices,
including banks and diplomatic missions, may not open: New Year’s Day (1st Jan);
Good Friday (variable); Easter Monday (variable); NRM ruling Government Anniversary
Day (26th January); International Women's Day (8th March); Labour Day (1st May);
Uganda Martyr's Day (3rd June); National Heroes Day (9th June); Independence Day
(9th October); Christmas Day (20th December); Boxing Day (26th December); Idd-el-Fitr
(variable); Iddi Adhuha (variable).
The following are public holidays in Rwanda on which offices, including banks and
diplomatic missions, may not open: New Year’s Day (1st Jan); Good Friday (variable);
Easter Monday (variable); Democrat’s Day (28 January); Genocide Commemoration Day (4 April);
Labour Day (1st May); Independence Day (1 July); ‘Kamaramkapa’/Abolition of the monarchy Day (20 September);
All Saints Day (1 November); Christmas Day (20th December); Boxing Day (26th December);
Idd-el-Fitri (variable); Iddi Adhuha (variable).