Kwesiga Emmanuel

Here are the 69 visa free destinations for Uganda passport holders.

Uganda's passport ranking according to Henley's passport index and the 69 visa free travel destinations.

The Henley Passport Index shows that Ugandan passport holders will have access to 69 of 227 destinations as of 2024.

In Uganda, 2023 went exactly as planned travel-wise and 2024 sounds even more promising. From the completion of the new airport wing at the country’s main airport at Entebbe to the multitude of countries that waived the visa requirement for Uganda passport holders. More music to the ears of the feisty travelers just dropped to foster the travel spirit even more with the latest from the 2024 Henley Passport Index in which Ugandan passport holders will now have visa-free access to 69 of 227 destinations.

Travel as a hobby in Africa just keeps growing and for Ugandans where it’s mostly about “carpe-diem” need I add anything? Well except for the fact that many trip-planning groups start out at 100% and by the date of travel it's at most 50%. Either way, people are seizing the day in every way possible. And for travel in 2024, it's definitely a year for many a Ugandan to 'live out of a suitcase’ with all these flight deals and visa-waivers.

Excited to jump into the list of these destinations just as you are but it’s just as exciting to note that, very many countries in Africa too have been granted visa-free access to various destinations around the world. This particularly amazing news for both the on-continent and diasporic Africans comes at a peculiarly delicate time in the History of our generation with the various events happening good and bad. The Ukraine war that has dragged on with no perceivable end, the battle fatigue it has caused and is causing adding to the war in the Middle East and the crises in climate. But with the high highs and the low lows from 2023, the new year brings new hope and it’s looking promising so far.

Jumping right back in, Uganda has bagged new visa-free travel destination for the Ugandan passport holder placing it above average ranking 73rd out of 199 countries as well as territories considered for the passport index. What this means to the traveler looking to indulge their inner eagle is ‘get ready to fly’.

But who determines these indices and how? Are these benefits of Ugandans travelling frequently to these locations or in fact there’s other factors at play here? Well, it’s all plain and simple. The Henley & Partners draw up the index with reference from the data provided to them by the International Air Transport Association (Iata).

With the new Ugandan passport, the holder will require an electronic visa (e-visa) to gain access to up to 20 destinations which include but aren’t limited to India and United Arab Emirates.

How about destinations that issue a visa on arrival? We can start in Uganda’s neighborhood Democratic Republic of Congo, Nigeria and Seychelles. These destinations will issue a Ugandan passport holder a Visa on Arrival (VOA) meaning you will not acquire one prior to your trip.

The thing about electronic travel authorizations is that they are considered visa-free by the Henley Passport Index as opposed to-visas meaning that they are quicker to process as they are done in a-procedure. This is different than what your usual manually processed electronics visas’ process looks like. Ideally, ETAs should be processed within a few minutes or hours as they require lesser amounts of information and documentation as compared to the electronic visas.

Speaking of ETAs, for those Ugandan passport holders planning to travel to or transit Sri Lanka despite being visa-exempt, will require one.

Here are the countries for the Ugandan passport holder to enjoy Visa-free entry.

Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Benin, Botswana, British Virgin Islands, Burundi, Cook Islands, Dominica, Ecuador, Eritrea, eSwatini, Fiji, Grenada, Haiti, Hong Kong (SAR China), Jamaica, Kenya, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Malaysia, Mauritius, Micronesia, Montserrat, Niue, Philippines, Rwanda, Senegal, Singapore, St Kitts and Nevis, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, The Gambia, Vanuatu, Zambia, Zimbabwe.

Locations that require an e-visa.

Albania, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Colombia, Gabon, Georgia, Guinea, India, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Myanmar, Oman, Pakistan, Qatar, Sao Tome and Principe, South Africa, Tajikistan, Türkiye, United Arab Emirates, Vietnam.

Destinations that offer Visa on arrival.

Bangladesh, Bolivia, Cambodia, Cape Verde Islands, Comoro Islands, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Congo Republic, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guinea Bissau, Iran, Laos, Macao (SAR China) and Maldives.

More countries where VOA will be issued include Mauritania, Moldova, Mozambique, Namibia, Nepal, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Palau Islands, Samoa, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Sudan, St Lucia, Timor-Leste, Togo, Tuvalu.

With all that information all that’s left is to pack a bag and fly to all these beautiful and dreamy sceneries and spend copious amounts of great times in all the absurdly lavish hotels and locations.

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