PRESS RELEASE ON THE LAUNCH OF THE E-PASSPORT CENTER AT THE UGANDA EMBASSY IN BEIJING, CHINA
The Directorate of Immigration and Citizenship Control (DCIC) has today May 22nd 2023 opened an E-passport enrollment center at the Embassy of Uganda in Beijing. This center will enroll Ugandans living and working in China and the accredited countries of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, Kingdom of Cambodia, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea and Lao People's Democratic Republic.
DCIC embarked on the diaspora rollout program at the beginning of this 2022 starting with London, Washington DC, Abu Dhabi and Pretoria. Passport Centers have subsequently also been opened in Ottawa, Copenhagen and now Beijing.
Ugandans in China and the stated accredited countries now no longer need to travel back to get their passports as they can apply online at www.passports.go.ug, get personalized and pick their passports when ready at the embassy.
The Government of the Republic of Uganda started issuing the international E-passport to the citizens on 7th Dec 2018 and as a result, stopped the issuance of the old type of Machine-Readable passports. Government-issued a notification of a 2-year transition period to phase out the old Machine-Readable passport by 31st January 2022. However, due to the restriction by the Covid-19 pandemic, the deadline for phasing out was extended to 4th of April 2022.
The Government of the Republic of Uganda calls upon all its citizens living in China and the accredited countries to take advantage of this newly opened center to apply to renew their passports to avoid any inconveniences related to this phase out. To apply for a passport, one has to visit our portal www.passports.go.ug. Thereafter, 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 in the form of SMS to collect the passport.
The passport fees are as follows;
Ordinary Passports UGX 250,000
Service Passports UGX 400,000
Diplomatic Passports UGX 500,000
Courier fees UGX 10,000
Fine for lost Passport/Damaged passport UGX100,000