Applying for a passport can sometimes be very stressing, the waiting times, long lines, the middle men and many requirements that can sometimes be hard to get. In this article I will be giving you an ultimate guide on how you could acquire a passport by yourself.
” It’s worth noting that Ugandan Passports can only be held by citizens of Uganda and are only issued by the government of Uganda through the Directorate of Immigration control and at three Uganda Missions Abroad, namely; Washington DC (United States of America), London (United Kingdom) and Pretoria (Republic of South Africa).”
What is a passport?
An official document issued by a government, certifying the holder’s identity and citizenship and entitling them to travel under its protection to and from foreign countries. Each time a person travels outside of the country, the passport receives a stamp showing the country travelled to. It also shows how long that person is allowed to be in the country. It is a very important document and should be well taken care of.
Requirements for acquiring a new passport
- Duly endorsed forms A and B
- Covering letter from Employer/School/Parents/ Guardian or person well known to the applicant. The covering letter should be addressed to the Passport Control Officer; Ministry of Internal Affairs; Kampala
- Copy and original of applicant’s identifications documents e.g. National ID, Voters Card, Birth Certificates, School Certificate, Residential ID, Baptism Card or Employer’s Card.
- Recommendation from a citizen of good repute (from any recognised profession) who shall provide you with a copy of his/her ID or Passport.
- Any other information as may from time to time be required by the passport Control Officer.
The forms should be taken personally by the applicant for endorsement by Area local council 1, 2, 3, RDC and DISO.
After endorsements above, applicant should visit any URA revenue collection bank such as Bank of Africa, Diamond Trust Bank, Stanbic, Crane, Barclays, Orient etc and pay passport fees. The Passport costs Uganda Shillings UGX 150,000 for normal applications or UGX 300,000 for Express applications, UGX 250,000 for Official Passports and UGX 300,000 for Diplomatic Passports. All fees are exclusive of bank charges which vary from bank to bank i.e. UGX 2200 to UGX 3000.
You will be issued with a bank receipt which you will attach on your application.
File your documents in a manila file folder and present them IN PERSON to the receiving officers at the Passport Receiving Section at the Ministry of Internal Affairs or your nearest Passport Control Office or the Regional Immigration Office. A receiving Slip will be issued to you indicating your receiving code and file number.
Warning: Avoid Middlemen or Kayungirizi. Applications submitted by Middlemen will not be accepted/received.
Collect your passport IN PERSON after ten working days (normal passport applications) or two (2) working days (for Express Passport Applications) from the point where you submitted the application, unless advised otherwise by an Immigration Officer. You will be required to present your Receiving Slip and identifications at the time of collecting your passport at the Passport Delivery Office.
Normal Applications: UGX 150,000
Express Applications: UGX 300,000
Official Passports: UGX 250,000
Diplomatic Passports: UGX 300,000
Download necessary documents
Where to submit passport applications
There are three Passport Control Offices in Kampala, Mbale and Mbarara, The fourth Office, Gulu, will be operational at the beginning of FY 2016/17.
The main Passport Office is situated at the Ministry of Internal Affairs Plot 75 Jinja Road (entrance is on Old Portbell Rd. The other Passport Offices are located at the RDC Building Mbarara, The Regional Administration Block, Republic Street, Mbale and in Gulu (soon opening).
There are also Regional Immigration Offices which act as passport Application Collection Centers, where you can take your passport application for processing and then you collect a ready Passport. These include: Jinja, Masaka, Fort Portal, Arua, Hoima, Masindi, Gulu (soon to become a full Passport Control Office) and Lira.
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