The government has given South Sudan a one-month ultimatum to
waive visa fees for Ugandan nationals seeking to enter the country. Thus follows Uganda’s decision to waive visa
fees for South Sudanese entering Uganda which will take effect on October 1.
Speaking to the media, the First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for East
African Community Affairs Rebecca Kadaga said that South Sudan is expected to
reciprocate this by October 31.
She says if South Sudan doesn’t reciprocate the waiver, Uganda
will reinstate the fees for South Sudanese as well.
According to Kadaga, the decision follows the Summit of the East
African Community Heads of State in Nairobi in February 2021, when President
Salva Kiir appealed to the neighbouring countries for a visa waiver,
particularly between South Sudan, Kenya, and Uganda. The countries charge $50
for a single entry visa for ordinary citizens. All the East African
countries do not charge visa fees.
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According to Kadaga, the move is expected to facilitate trade and investment in
Concerning the security of truckers in the Juba-Nimule route, Kadaga
said that the different illegal roadblocks in the highways have been removed,
while the Government of South Sudan has deployed in hotspots and security has
been provided for Ugandans entering South Sudan.
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Kadaga also said that on the bilateral relations with other
countries like Rwanda, and Tanzania and Kenya among others, she will engage in
talks with these countries to build a more sustainable relationship.
Her response follows questions on the continued closure of the
Gatuna border between Rwanda and Uganda and the refusal of entry of some
Ugandan products in some East African countries.