When things go perfectly in travel it can feel oh so good.
Uganda offers visa on arrival to US citizens and other nationalities. The standard visa is US$50.
The US State Department discourages travelers from using visa on arrival and the Ugandan Embassy in Washington does not mention it on its website. Other sites recommend visa on arrival as the easiest option.
Coming off the KLM flight late at night there was no surprise that there was a temperature check and review of a new health form.
After that it is straight to the immigration officer for one-stop service. The most frustrating forms of visa on arrival are where you need to go to multiple booths, fill out multiple forms, need photos, pay somewhere else, and maybe have to pay in local currency.
In Uganda you walk up with your passport and arrival card. The officer says, “Give me $50,” quickly preparing a receipt and stamping your passport, maybe asking a question or two about your trip.
Technically the officer can request return ticket, evidence of sufficient funds, and if arriving from certain countries, certificate of yellow fever vaccination.
My officer simply said, “I wish you the best.”
What a great welcome to Uganda. A walk in the park.