Uganda investigates claims of visa charges on a South Sudanese despite the waiver

Episode 1768
Oct 14, 08:39 AM

The Ugandan government says it is investigating recent claims circulating on social media by a South Sudanese that he paid $50 to renew his visa despite the waiver. 

Spokesperson for the Uganda Ministry of Internal Affairs Jacob Siminyu, says South Sudanese with valid passports are not required to pay for visas upon entry, and are also not required to pay for renewal when the visa expires. 
Siminyu says immigration officials at all entry points into Uganda are authorized to issue visas of between one and ninety days based on the details submitted by the traveler. 
Both governments implemented a visa-free policy this month for nationals traveling to either country.
The move to scrap visa fees among partner states of the East African Community is in accordance with a decision by the heads of the state of the EAC made in 2016 to allow free movement of people as per the common market protocol. 

The governments of Kenya and South Sudan implemented the protocol for its citizens in July.