By Wilfred Sanya
Ugandans in the United States of America (USA) Tuesday, March 29, started receiving East African passports, said Timothy Atwine, the deputy public relations officer of the Immigration department at the Internal affairs ministry.
He made the revelations during the Police weekly press briefing at the Uganda Police headquarters in Naguru, Kampala on Monday, March 28.
Atwine said the ministry was going to start the same exercise at the Uganda High Commission in London, Britain ahead of the deadline of April 4 for the people travelling using old passports.
He emphasised that Ugandans do not have to travel back home to get new passports as it has been in the past.
Ugandans coming back into the country will be allowed to enter using their old passports, but while travelling back, the old passports won’t be accepted, Atwine said.
“The process of getting a new ordinary passport is sh250,000, but if one wants an express passport, he has to top up sh150,000 and get it the same day after applying for it online. But if it is the ordinary one, it has to go through the normal system and wait for an appointment to have his details captured, and it will be ready in 10 days,” he said.
Atwine noted that a lot of awareness has been done for the past three months over the changes.
He said more embassies are yet to be considered for Ugandans to be able to get the services from wherever they are.
Atwine also warned illegal immigrants to present themselves to law enforcers or risk being arrested and facing the courts of law.