Country Guide: Uganda

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Updated: November 20, 2015

Household Goods and Personal Effects

Documents Required

  • Original Passport with Entry Stamp (copies accepted for Diplomats)
  • Packing list in English
  • Valued inventory in English dated and signed by the shipper
  • Tax Identification Number (TIN)
  • Invoice for all new items
  • Letter of Employment
  • Original Bill of Lading  (OBL) / Telex Release / Air Waybill (AWB) – 2 copies
  • Work Permit / Special Pass (non-Diplomat)
  • Exemption Letter (Diplomats)
  • Valued inventory in English dated and signed by the shipper

 

Specific Information

  • For all first arrivals by air, shipper’s original Passport with Entry Stamp and a Letter of Employment are required.

Motor Vehicles

Documents Required

  • Original Log Book / Registration Certificate or Cancellation
  • De-registration Certificate for used cars / boats / motorcycles
  • Original Invoice for new cars/ boats / motorcycles
  • Road Worthiness Certificate from the origin country
  • OBL / AWB
  • TIN

 

Specific Information

  • Returning Ugandans and non-Diplomats can import one vehicle, which must be owned more than 12 months to qualify for exemption from duties and taxes.

Pets

Documents Required

  • Vaccination Record
  • Veterinary Health Certificate
  • Pet Passport

 

Specific Information

  • Electronic identification (e.g., microchip) is highly recommended.
  • Veterinary Health Certificate must be issued by a licensed veterinarian within 15 days of import.
  • Documents must accompany animal.
  • The Pet Passport must show proof against rabies ad other disease and is free of disease communicable to humans; the rabies vaccination must be done at least 30 days prior to import.
  • Certain breeds of dogs are prohibited from entry; contact agent for details.

Restricted/Dutiable Items

  • The following items may qualify for free import within the limits indicated:
    • Cigarettes (200), cigars (50), cigarillos (100), tobacco (500)
    • Spirits under 25% volume of alcohol (2 L) / over 25% volume of alcohol (1 L)
    • Hunting weapons (authorization from the Ministry of Interior is required)
    • Endangered species and products made from them (permission from CITES required)

Prohibited Items

  • Narcotics
  • Pornography
  • Cultural artifacts and objects of cultural importance
  • Explosive materials

Consignment Instructions

Recommended:  Contact the destination agent to ensure all requirements have been met prior to import, especially for differences regarding air / sea shipments.

 

IAM Note:  Customs regulations can change at any time with or without notice. This document is provided as a guide and for information only. While IAM has exercised reasonable care in publishing this document, IAM makes no representation, either expressed or implied, as to its accuracy or applicability. 

 

Helpful Website(s): 

http://ugandaemb.org

http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/cis/cis_1051.html

IAM Note: Customs regulations can change at any time with or without notice. This document is provided as a guide and for information only. While IAM has exercised reasonable care in publishing this document, IAM makes no representation, either expressed or implied, as to its accuracy or applicability.