The government has cautioned the public and international travelers to avoid falling prey to scam sites allegedly offering e-visa services to Uganda.
In a statement by the ministry of internal affairs, government claims that certain people with intention to scam clients are running a parallel portal and exorbitantly charging clients as well as defrauding them.
“The Official Portal for visas to the Republic of Uganda (www.visas.immigration.go.ug) provides a range of services including issuance of all types of visas to Uganda, Work Permits, Certificates of Permanent Residence, Students Passes and Dependants passes at official fees.”
The ministry therefore advised that clients should not allow to pay more than $50 (Shs183,000) for an ordinary, tourist visa and transit Visa or $100 (Shs360,000) for a multiple entry visa of up to 12 months and $150 (Shs540,000) for a 12 months multiple-entry visa.
“Visas take less than three working days to process, and the Government of Uganda does not charge any additional fees for fast tracking visas. Our esteemed Clients are henceforth advised to desist from submitting electronic applications for Ugandan Visas through any other website other than the official e-visa Application Portal for the Republic of Uganda (www.visas.immigration.go.ug). Any one who submits through any other site does so at his or her own risk.”
In bid to increase tourism, Uganda in 2016 revised Visa fees downwards from $100 to 50. However, specific officials have been using the opportunity to continuously charge a higher rate.