Government of Denmark has started issuing visas to Ugandans who apply using the new East African Community (EAC) Passports for Uganda.
The Scandinavian nation was at the centre of concerns weeks ago, when it emerged that it wasn’t accepting applications from Ugandans who have the new regional passports.
Uganda’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs after communicating with their Danish counterparts later came out last month to explain that this was because Denmark had not yet entered the new passport into its system.
The ministry announced today that this problem has been fixed.
“The Royal Danish Authorities have finalized the process of entering the into their Immigration System,” the ministry announced in a statement.
“This process was concluded on 8th March 2019. The Public is hereby informed that visa applications for persons intending travel to Denmark using the EAC Ugandan Passport can now be submitted to the Danish Visa Application Centre in Kampala.”
While a number of Ugandans whose visa applications were rejected came out to express concern on social media, the Foreign Affairs Ministry clarified last month that none of them would need to cancel or postpone their trips because they issue was being handled.
According to the ministry, only two Ugandans with the new EAC Passports had by last month applied to travel to Copenhagen in April 2019.
“The applicants have been assured that their applications will be processed as soon as the registration process is completed,” the ministry revealed
The new electric passports whose issuance started on December 10, 2018, are replacing the old machine readable East African and National Machine Readable Passports.