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H.E. Prof. Joyce Kikafunda hosts Mme. H.K. Yu, Head of Middle East and African Division of the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

The High Commissioner of Uganda to Australia Prof. Joyce Kikafunda hosted Mme. H.K. Yu, Head of Middle East and African Division of the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade at the Chancery. The two discussed ways of increasing Bilateral cooperation between Uganda and Australia, particularly in the mining, agriculture, education and tourism sectors.

The Australian official assured the High Commissioner of continued support from the Australian Government. The meeting was also attended by Mr. Grant Morrison, Director for East Africa and Indian Ocean Section at DFAT. The meeting discussed the possibility of opening a resident Australian Diplomatic Mission in Kampala.

Ambassador’s welcome remarks

I wish to warmly welcome you all to the website of Uganda High Commission in Canberra, Capital City of the Commonwealth of Australia. The Mission of Uganda High Commission in Canberra is to Promote and Protect Uganda’s National interests and positions in Australia and the other countries we are accredited to ie New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Fiji and Solomon Islands.  We strive to further strengthen the cordial relationship existing between the two sides.  We closely follow the Foreign Policies, Economic Development Agenda and seek to create opportunities for cooperation between Uganda and Australia plus the other countries we are accredited to.  We provide information, guidance and consular services to anyone interested in Uganda for Investment, Trade, Tourism, Mining, Education, Technology Transfer and Aid among others in our implementation of Commercial Diplomacy.

One of the core responsibilities of the High Commission is to deliver the best possible counsel to Ugandan citizens in Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Fiji and Solomon Islands who may be in need of the High Commission’s assistance for any reason.  We encourage you to register with the High Commission. The staff of the Uganda High Commission consists of competent Foreign Service Officers, supported by a team of locally recruited staff.  There are three Honorary Consulates of Uganda in Australia (Sydney, Melbourne and Perth) plus one in New Zealand.

Uganda, popularly known as “The Pearl of Africa”, a name given by the famous British Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill in the early 1900s, is one of the most beautiful countries on earth.  I encourage you to visit Uganda to enjoy this beauty and to participate in Development Programmes for the mutual benefit of both sides.

You are always welcome to contact the Uganda High Commission for further information.  We encourage you to send in your valuable observations and suggestions which we shall use to improve the services and enrich the context.  

I thank you very much for visiting our site.

Kind regards.
Prof Joyce Kakuramatsi Kikafunda
HIGH COMMISSIONER
Canberra-Australia

Ubuntu Brings Africa to Australia

This Ubuntu choir is made up of 14 young 20-year olds, all graduates of the World renowned African Children’s Choir, a Christian organisation that uses musical engagement to strengthen communities and raise money to build and fund schools that have enabled all these young singers, and many more before them to realize an education that may otherwise have been impossible.

Tapping into the thread of music present in so many aspects of African life, these choirs empower students to actively participate in recognising their dreams and reaching their potential, whilst also providing them with an education, musical skills and overseas experience. A wonderful bi-product of that is a powerful musical & cultural experience.

With the assistance of Non-Profit Kwaya Organisation, the Ubuntu choir is touring Australia in a series of concerts to raise funds needed to complete the construction of a new School in Entebbe, and to find sponsorship for these aspiring young singers to commence their tertiary studies.

The Ubuntu choir toured Australia in 2016 and this time it is the class of 2018 bringing their distinctive brand of music and dance on huge tour up to the East coast of Australia.

The High Commissioner and Staff attended the show in Canberra and at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. The High Commissioner hosted the group to a lunch at the Chancery.

Warning Against Unofficial Electronic Visa (E-Visa) Application Portals

The Ministry of Internal Affairs, Directorate of Citizenship and Immigration Control, would like to inform the general public and our esteemed clients that the official electronic visa application portal for the Republic of Uganda is, www.visas.immigration.go.ug; and also take this opportunity to warn our esteemed clients of the existence of Scam sites which either charge our clients exorbitantly or defraud them totally.

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 Dependents passes at official fees.

The official fees for visas to Uganda are as follows:

Type of VisaOfficial Fees
Diplomatic visa (for Diplomatic and Official Passport Holders)USD 0.0
Uganda Ordinary/Tourist VisaUSD 50
East Africa Tourist VisaUSD 100
Transit VisaUSD 50
Multiple-Entry Visas for 6 MonthsUSD 100
Multiple-Entry Visas for 12 MonthsUSD 100
Multiple-Entry Visas for 24 Months.USD 150

The fees for other Immigration facilities for the Republic of Uganda are available on the application portal against each service or at our website www.immigration.go.ug/. 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.

The Government of Uganda SHALL NOT BE HELD RESPONSIBLE for any inconvenience, loss (monetary or otherwise) or refused entry arising from using unofficial/fraudulent sites.

Introduction of the International East African E-Passport

The Uganda High Commission, Canberra, wishes to announce that the Republic of Uganda is set to introduce an International East African e-Passport to replace and eventually phase out the current East African and International Machine-Readable Passports and would like to inform as follows:

  1. The new e-Passport will be presented in the following colors: Sky Blue (Ordinary Passport), Green (Service Passport) and Red (Diplomatic Passport).
  2. Distinct features: The new International EAC e-passport will be a physical passport like the current ones but will be embedded with a secure electronic chip that will contain more details including a bio data page that will have special security features. The new passport will also have more security features like the Coat of Arms, the Crested Crane, the Mountain Gorilla, the Independence Monument, Murchison Falls and the fishing man.
  3. How it works: The new passport will ease clearance at the entry/exit points. It will facilitate use of e-gates for self-clearance, automated issuance of Boarding Passes, and quicker processing across airports worldwide where e-passport reader equipment is installed.
  4. The e-passport is expected to comply with guidelines set by the International Civil Aviation Organization, making it acceptable around the world.
  5. The commissioning of the International EAC e-Passport is scheduled for the end of January 2019, however the issuance will commence on 7th December, 2018.
  6. The phase out of the current Passports shall be as follows:
    – Government of Uganda has designated a two-year transitional period to allow for a gradual phase out of the current passport.
    – During the transitional period all citizens with valid Machine Readable Passports will continue to use them for international travel until January 2021.
  7. Ugandans in the diaspora will continue submitting their applications for the e-Passport manually through the Uganda Missions abroad until we establish Personalization Centers in the Missions. New Application Forms will be posted and availed on the websites of the Ministry of Internal Affairs (www.mia.go.ug), Directorate of Citizenship and Immigration Control (www.immigration.go.ug) and all Uganda Missions websites. The website for the Uganda Consulate in Mombasa is https://mombasa.mofa.go.ug/.
  8. Before the commissioning date of the e-Passport system, the following shall apply;
    – Dully filled application Form.
    – Attach a copy of the National ID of the Recommender.
    – Attach a copy of National ID or National Identification Number of the applicant.
    – Attach copies of academic documents for proof of profession (where applicable).
    – Attach proof of payment of prescribed fees.
    – Attach a copy of birth certificate, adoption order, and consent letter from parents/guardians in case of minors.
    – Attach any other information that may be relevant to the application.
    – When the passport is ready, the applicant will be alerted to proceed and pick up their passport.
    NOTE: Applicants will be required to present original documents where applicable.
  9. After Commissioning of the e-Passport system scheduled for the end of January 2019, the e-Passport application process will be both manual and online and the procedure shall be as follows:
  10. The fees for the International East African e-Passport shall be as follows:
    Ordinary passport (48 Pages) – UGX 250,000
    Service Passport (64 Pages) – UGX 400,000
    Diplomatic Passport (64 Pages) – UGX 500,000
    Express Processing Service – UGX 150,000
    Courier Service for Applicants Abroad – UGX I0,000
    Certification of Passport – UGX 30,000
    Fine for Replacement of lost or damaged Passport – UGX I00,000

Xxi Commonwealth Games 4-15 April 2018, Gold Coast-Australia.

The XXI Commonwealth games, the biggest sporting spectacular event ever seen in Gold Coast, Queensland-Australia.

Athletes from the Commonwealth stood as one for their national teams competing for medals in various sports.

Uganda fielded participants in a number of events and made a great impression as one of the favourite teams with their great performances, smart colourful kits and friendly happy smiles.

Team Uganda finished 15th on the Medals table with (6 Medals), 3 Gold, 1 Silver and 2 Bronze medals. Team Uganda was 4th in Africa.

Joshua Cheptegei won double gold in men’s 5,000 & 10,000 Metres, Stella Chesang won Gold in Women’s 10,000 Metres race, Juma Miiro won Bronze in Boxing and Solomon Mutai Munyo won Silver in the men’s Marathon.

Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade (Dfat) Short Course Farewell Ceremonies

The Mineral and Energy Economics Program (MEE) was conducted by the ANU Australian National University Crawford School of Public Policy in partnership with Pretoria University (Pretoria, SA) and ANU Enterprise.

The MEE program aims to contribute to Economic and Social Development in Africa while promoting Australia as an active partner in African development through which Australia Awards aim to build an engaged and influential global network of leaders, advocates and change makers with knowledge, skills and networks to support improvements that will contribute to their organisations’ effectiveness in fulfilling operational mandates.

Three Ugandans (in the Energy Sector) Mr. Micah Gaalya, Ms Betty Kobere and Ms Angela Nalweyiso participated in the program.

The ceremony was attended by Ms Lwabi, First Secretary at Uganda High Commission, Canberra.

Ambassador Kikafunda Presents Credentials to Governor-General of Australia

On 23rd November 2017 Her Excellency Professor Joyce Kakuramatsi Kikafunda presented her Letters of Credence to the Governor General of the Commonwealth of Australia His Excellency General Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Rtd). She was accompanied by High Commission Officials Ms. Carol Lwabi (First Secretary) and Ms. Juliet Okunia (Third Secretary).

During the ceremony at Government House, Her Excellency Professor Joyce Kikafunda had a brief discussion on bilateral issues with His Excellency the Governor General. The Governor General thanked Uganda for the great role in hosting refugees from the region especially from South Sudan. His Excellency the Governor General also praised Uganda’s role in keeping peace and security in the region especially Somalia.

His Excellency the Governor General informed H. E the High Commissioner that he is keen for Australia investors to invest in Uganda, mostly in the Service Sector of Oil and Gas. On Education, he was happy with the collaboration of some Australian Universities with Uganda Universities and agreed that more could be done.