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Govt cautions public over sites offering fake e-visa services

Internal Affairs minister Gen. Jeje Odongo. The ministry warned on fake e-visas. (FILE PHOTO)

KAMPALA – The government of Uganda has cautioned the public and international travelers to avoid being victims of sites that claim to offer fake e-visa services to Uganda.

In a statement released by the Ministry of Internal Affairs last week, the government claims that certain people with intention of frauding clients are running a parallel portal and are exorbitantly charging clients claiming it is the ministry’s website.

“The Official Portal for visas to the Republic of Uganda is www.visas.immigration.go.ug. It 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, ”reads the statement, in part.

“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.”

The statement added that anyone submits their visa application through any other site does so at his or her own risk.

The ministry also indicated the amount of money someone is supposed to pay.

“Clients should not allow paying 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,” reads the statement, in part.

In 2016, Uganda revised the visa charges from $100 to $50 in a bid to increase tourism.

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