The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has called upon Ugandans with plans to travel to Denmark be patient as the Embassy finishes to upgrade their Visa system so it is in sync with the new East African Community passport.
According to a statement by the head of public diplomacy at Ministry of Foreign affairs, Margaret Kafeero, the Embassy of Denmark, like all other Diplomatic and Consular Missions and International Organisations accredited to Uganda were informed and issued samples of the new passports in December 2018.
However, the Danish Embassy in Kampala says the samples were forwarded to their Foreign Affairs ministry last month.
“Therefore the processes of entering the new East African Community Passport into their system is ongoing and shall be concluded soon,” the statement from Foreign Affairs says.
The response from the ministry follows the refusal by the Danish Embassy in Nairobi, Kenya to give a Ugandan applicant to Denmark a Visa.
“This passport is not yet approved by the Danish authorities and therefore, we cannot issue visa for this passport. We do not know how long it takes for this new passport to be approved. We can keep an application open in our visa system for 15 days,” reads part of the email by Anne Ostman, a consular officer at the Danish Embassy in Nairobi, Kenya, in response to the application.
However, according to ministry of Foreign Affairs, so far two Ugandans who intend to travel to Copenhagen in April 2019 have applied for visas with the new passports and been informed that their applications will be processed as soon as the registration is done.
According to www.vfsglobal.com, it is possible to apply for a visa for Denmark or Iceland at the Danish Embassy in Nairobi online. The purpose of travel must be business, tourism, visiting friends or family, official, medical reasons or transit. The length of stay must not exceed 90 days in any six months period.