Ugandans intending to travel to India will soon be able to apply for visas online; the Indian High Commissioner to Uganda H.E Ravi Shankar reveled on Monday.
The development follows a recent move by the government of India to set up an e-Visa platform that is currently available to 160 countries.
Ambassador Shankar said that Uganda will begin to access the services in the next two weeks. The platform which segments Visas in three categories; business, viagra dosage tourism and medical will enable prospective travelers to acquire a Visa with convenience for a period of 60 days in India.
“One no longer has to go to the embassy for a Visa. You go to the online portal and fill in your details, apply and get a Visa within 4 days. The payment is also made online,” Shankar told journalists on Monday on the sidelines of a meeting between government and a delegation of Indian investors.
The Indian High Commission in Kampala issues between 2,500 and 3,000 Visas to Ugandan nationals every year, majority of them students, those seeking medical treatment and business persons.
He said the new platform will save Ugandans time and the paperwork that has traditionally characterized the process of securing the travel document.
Asked why it took long for Uganda to be added to the list of these countries that have access to the service, the Indian Ambassador responded; “There’s no particular reason for that. The system was rolled out in phases beginning with about 30 countries beginning a year and a half ago.”
Shankar says that the e-Visa will facilitate exchanges between the two states of Uganda and India in various aspects. Uganda becomes the last country in East Africa to join this platform.
According to the official government portal (www.indianvisaonline.gov.in), applicants from eligible countries will be required to upload a photograph and photo page of Passport containing personal details. They will also submit relevant documents depending on the purpose of their travel.