Very soon it’s time for me to pack my bags again. This time I’m heading to Uganda! During the last month I’ve been preparing for the trip and I want to share some of my preparations with other travellers who are going or thinking about going to Uganda.
Visa & Documents
I’ve applied for the Tourist visa (single entry) and the first approval application was made online on https://visas.immigration.go.ug. When doing the first application online you’ll need a passport copy (bio-data page), recent passport-sized photograph and Yellow Fever vaccination certificate. These documents need to be scanned and they are quite strict regarding the file size on the website (I think maximum size was 350 KB). They also need your personal information, list of other countries you’ve visited, the amount of days you’ll spend in Uganda and you place of arrival. Additionally, they ask about a contact person in Uganda and I just used the travel company I’ll be travelling with.
Don’t forget to bring the original documents with you when you’re visiting Uganda. The document you receive after applying online is NOT the final visa. The approved online application basically just allows you to apply for the visa when entering Uganda and you might also need to show this approval letter to be able to board the plane. This means you’ll need to bring the following documents:
- Approval letter
- Passport-sized photograph (I don’t know if the photo in the passport is enough, but I’ll be a travel diva and bring some extra photos of me in the suitcase)
- Yellow Fever vaccination certificate (very important, without this you’re not allowed to enter Uganda and you might also have problems leaving the country without it)
Since the whole trip has already been paid (transportation, food and accommodation) the budget has been the easiest part to plan. The most expensive part of my budget is the tipping which is needed for the safari tours and gorilla trekkings. The other second and last part of my budget is for snacks, one or two lunches and souvenirs.
What to bring?
Good shoes! I’ll bring my good, old trekking shoes and a pair of sandals. Warm clothes when visiting villages in the mountains and something cooler for the safari tours. It was recommended to bring a headtorch and a small solar panel for phone charging. I’ll also bring Malaria medication (the pills).
I’ll probably add more stuff during the next weeks when I start packing and I have possibly forgotten hundred essential things already. But I’ll definitely not forget the approval letter; the mandatory documents; good shoes; and a headtorch!