By Monica Kobusiinge
Kampala: The government of Uganda through the Directorate of Immigration and Citizenship Control (DCIC) has launched e-passport service centre in Canada.
According to officials from the Ministry of Internal Affairs, the Canada e-passport centre will serve the diaspora at the Uganda High Commission in Ottawa, Canada.
“The Government of Uganda on Tuesday, August 16, launched the passport centre at the Uganda High Commission in Ottawa, Canada. The launch was presided over by Ambassador Joy Ruth Aceng,” immigration said in a statement.
”The 5th e-Passport center to serve the diaspora is up and running at the Ugandan Embassy in Ottawa Canada. Previously opened ones are in Washington, London, Abu Dhabi and Pretoria. Copenhagen and Beijing are next,” the statement added.
The 5th e-Passport center to serve the diaspora is up and running at the Ugandan Embassy in Ottawa Canada. Previously opened ones are in Washington, London, Abu Dhabi and Pretoria. Copenhagen and Beijing are next. Our toll free lines are 0800199003/4. pic.twitter.com/4nvVrV36xy
— Immigration Uganda (@DCICUg) August 17, 2022
Immigration further noted that previously the government has opened passport centres are in London, Washington DC, Abu Dhabi and Pretoria adding that new centers in Copenhagen in Denmark and Beijing in China will also be opened in the coming months as the Government ensures it brings passport services to all Ugandans in the diaspora.
To apply for a passport, one must visit the portal www.passports.go.ug. Thereafter, the applicant is required to pay the requisite fees, schedule an appointment, appear in person at the embassy on the appointed day and have their biometric details captured.
The applicants will then wait for notification to collect the passport.
Immigration has set passport fees as follows; ordinary passports, sh250,000, service passports sh400,000 and diplomatic passports sh500,000.
For Ugandans in the diaspora, they must pay courier fees of sh10,000.
The fine for lost passport or damaged passport is sh100,000.
Uganda started issuing the international e-passport to its citizens in December 2018 with the aim to phase out old machine-readable passports with the new e-passports.