Uganda said Thursday that it is scrapping visa requirement for South Sudan nationals beginning October 1.
South Sudanese who want to travel to Uganda will enter without a visa in one of the latest moves meant to foster effective integration of the East African community.
“That means South Sudanese traveling to Uganda will be free to enter Uganda as long as they carry a valid passport and meet other health conditions for travelers,” said First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for East African Affairs Rebecca Kadaga.
“We, therefore, expect the Republic of South Sudan to equally reciprocate so that the citizens of Uganda have free entry and we have given them a window of one month, up to 31st of October to equally reciprocate and grant free visa entry to the citizens of Uganda,” Kadaga told journalists at a press conference at the ministry head office on Kingdom Building, Nile Avenue.
“If they don’t reciprocate in one month, we shall also reinstate the payment,” she stressed in response to concerns that it would not be the first time that the government of South Sudan fails to honor on its commitment.
Recently, South Sudan joined the East African community which includes Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, and Burundi.