The Ugandan passport is currently ranked 80th place on the Guide Passport Index. It provides visa-free access to 64 destinations. This gives it an overall medium-low mobility score. Ugandan passport holders have visa-free access and visas on arrival to countries such as Malaysia, Senegal, Singapore and Barbados. Ugandan nationals require a visa to enter about 165 destinations in the world. Some of the destinations for which a prior visa is required are the United States, the European Union, the United Kingdom and Japan.
The Uganda passport ranking relative to other global passports is calculated by adding up the number of countries that allow Uganda passport holders to enter without a visa (i.e. visa-free countries) and those that allow Uganda passport holders to enter by obtaining a visa on arrival (i.e. visa-on-arrival countries) or an electronic travel authorization (eTA). There are currently a total of 36 Uganda passport visa-free countries, 27 Uganda visa-on-arrival countries, and 1 eTA destinations.
Altogether, Uganda passport holders can enter a total of 64 destinations—either without a visa, through a visa on arrival, or via an eTA. As a result, the Uganda passport ranks 80 in the world.
Separate from these Uganda visa-free countries and visa-on-arrival countries, there are 165 additional destinations which Uganda passport holders either need a physical visa to enter or an eVisa (i.e. visa required countries).
The Republic of Uganda is a former British colony consisting of 4 regions. The nation is situated in East-Central Africa and is bordered by Tanzania, Rwanda, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, South Sudan and Kenya. Uganda has a surface area of 241,038 square kilometers. This makes it the 33rd largest country in Africa. Its climate is generally tropical and semiarid in northeast. Its terrain is characterized by a plateau with a rim of mountains around it.
Uganda has an overall population of over 46.2 million people. This makes it the 8th most populated country in Africa. The capital of the nation is Kampala, which is also the most populous city with over 1.6 million inhabitants. Other major cities are Nansana, Kira and Ssabagabo. The largest airport is Entebbe International Airport (EBB) with 1.9 million yearly passengers. The airport connects Uganda to a variety of destinations in Africa, Europe and the Middle East.
Ugandan culture is influenced by a variety of ethnic groups. The main religion is Christianity. The official languages are English and Kiswahili. The legal system is mixed between the English common and customary law. The government type is a presidential republic. The chief of state and the head of government is the elected President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni. The elections take place every 5 years and the president is elected directly by popular vote.
The official currency of the country is the Ugandan Schilling (UGX) with the current exchange rate being UGX 3719.74 to the USD. The country has an open economy, generating a GDP of approximately $102.6 billion. Its citizens have a per capita income of $2,566. The GDP is mostly made up of 3 key sectors, which are agriculture, industry and services. Uganda has a variety of natural resources, some of which the country hasn’t even started to extract. Oil will become a significant GDP contributor in the future. Other currently important export goods are coffee, sugar, tea, cotton, cassava and tobacco.
Uganda is filled with a variety of urban and natural tourism destinations and attractions. It is known for the extremely diverse wildlife and many accessible national parks. It has 3 UNESCO world heritage sites spread around the country. Some of the major destinations include the Bwindi Forests, the Rwenzori Mountain National Park, Queen Elizabeth National Park, Murchison Falls National Park, the Source of the Nile and the capital Kampala. The nation has a total of over 1.8 million tourists visiting every year. The majority of which are originating from the U.S. and African countries.