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Uganda will open a passport center in Washington, D.C.

The Ugandan government plans to build a passport issue center at its embassy in Washington, DC, later this month, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Many Ugandans residing abroad have traditionally had trouble renewing their passports while staying in the country.

These people had to bring relatives to Kampala to help them process their passports, as well as schedule virtual interviews with the passport office before their passports were transferred outside via courier companies, which was both expensive and time demanding.

However, in order to address this, the Uganda High Commission in London established a passport issuance center to make the procedure easier for Ugandans in the UK.

Jacob Siminyu, a spokeswoman for the Ministry of Internal Affairs, told journalists on Monday that another passport center will be opened shortly in Washington, DC.

“The next stop will be Washington, DC, which will be completed in March.” “We expect all of our nationals in that area to submit passport applications, attend interviews, have their applications processed, and receive their passports from there,” Siminyu added.

“We have been taking a month to give their passports aboard but will now drop to two weeks,” Siminyu added, highlighting the importance of these passport centers. Ugandans in the diaspora will now enjoy the services.”

A large number of Ugandans work, live, and study in the United States, and the new passport center will be able to accommodate them.

Other locations

Four more passport centers will open soon at Uganda’s missions in Ottawa (Canada), Copenhagen (Denmark), AbuDhabi (UAE), and Pretoria (South Africa), according to a representative for the Ministry of Internal Affairs.

Whereas the passport centre in Ottawa will mostly be catering for Ugandans in North America, the one in Copenhagen will be in charge for issuance of passports to Ugandans in the Scandinavian countries whereas the one in AbuDhabi will cater for the growing number of Ugandans working in Middle East, mainly Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Qatar and Saudi Arabia.

The Ministry of Internal Affairs has shifted all passport applications online.

As a result, the new passport centers have been established in regions where a significant number of Ugandans live, work, or study.

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