South Sudan waives off visa requirements for Ugandans

South Sudan President Salva Kiir and President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda (File Photo)

KAMPALA, UGANDA: The government of South Sudan has announced that effective Monday, October 4, 2021, all Ugandans will not require visas to access entry into the country after scrapping off the visa requirements for its major trading partner.

Through its Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperatives, South Sudan announced over the weekend that Ugandans with valid travel documents will require no visa to enter the country.

“The entry and exit points, including our Missions and Embassies abroad, are directed to comply with the directive,” South Sudan Foreign Affairs Ministry said.

“The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of the Republic of South Sudan hails this move as a significant booster to the already existing stronger bilateral relations with the Republic of Uganda,” it added.

This comes just two weeks after First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for East African Affairs Rebecca Kadaga, said South Sudan should reciprocate scrapping visa and related fees that Uganda had already scrapped.

Uganda and South Sudan have strong ties, with Uganda hosting a number of high-profile South Sudan citizens and refugees.

The move by the two trading partners in the East African Community is set to bolster trade relations and bilateral cooperation.

South Sudan is Uganda’s second-leading export destination in the EAC after Kenya.

Bank of Uganda statistics indicates that in July $36.7m (Shs130b) worth of goods were exported to South Sudan with the leading exports being cereals, maize and wheat flour, sugar, vegetable oils, beer, soft drinks, iron, steel, cement and motor vehicle re-exports.

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