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TRAVELLERS FROM JUBA AIRPORT TO ENTEBBE WITH S.SUDANESE PASSPORTS ACCUSED MIGRATION OFFICIALS AT ENTEBBE AIRPORT OF ILLEGAL VISA FEES

Kampala, 17 October 2021; Travelers from Juba to Uganda via Entebbe International Airport in neighboring Uganda, with South Sudanese passports, have complained against migration officials in Entebbe airport of imposing a visa fee of $ 50, this was after  Juba and Kampala have lifted visa fees requirements for the citizens from the two countries to visit and enter the two countries freely as long as the travelers have valid passports. 

Since 1 October all South Sudanese with valid passport who wish to visit Uganda for business or stay is supposed to enter Uganda without a visa. However, South Sudanese nationals who arrived in Entebbe said they have ever since face challenges, they accused migration officials in Entebbe of illegal extortion. They say for example migration official will give you a pass of 7 days even if you explained you are coming to stay for a month, they will tell you no problem you can go to the ministry of interior for renewal after the expiry of  the 1 week, some of them, however, accused official at the Ministry of Interior who is also responsible for migration that when they went to renew their visas they were told to pay the visa fee of $50 if you failed to pay they officials will then threaten to deport you back to Juba with heavy penalties and you will never be allowed to reenter Uganda again. 

when contacted by this publication an officer from Entebbe with three stars who work in the migration department who asked for his identity to be sealed said such incidents are isolated cases, they will look into the complaint and address it accordingly if the incident is confirmed to have happened, those responsible will be dealt with by high authorities. 

This is not the first time such an accusation has been brought against Ugandan migration and traffic police officers who are habitually targeting vehicles with South Sudanese Number plates. and whenever, they stop the drivers they will extort money out of them before letting them go. 

Opio Okello Onen 

SSLN 

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