Ministry of Foreign Affairs has refuted reports that Uganda’s new East African Community Passports, have been rejected by the Danish government.
On Friday, a copy of a Ugandan’s visa application rejected by Danish authorities went viral on social media.
“You have applied using the new Ugandan EAC passport that was launched in December 2018. Unfortunately, this passport is not yet approved by the Danish authorities, therefore we cannot issue a visa for this passport. We do not know how long it takes for this new passport to be approved. We will inform VFS in Kampala not to accept applications with the new passport for the time being.” Anne Ostman, a Danish Consular officer in Nairobi told the Ugandan applicant
In statement, The Ministry clarified that the new electronic passports, have not been cleared yet by the Danish government, but that this process will be complete soon.
In a statement this afternoon, Uganda’s Foreign Ministry revealed that a process by the Danish government to clear Uganda’s new passport was on course.
“The Embassy of Denmark, like all other Diplomatic and Consular Missions and International Organizations accredited to Uganda, were informed and issued samples of the new passports in December 2018. According to the Danish Embassy in Kampala, the Samples were forwarded to the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs in January 2019. The process of entering the new Ugandan East African Community Passports into their system is ongoing, and shall be concluded soon.” the statement reads in part.
“The Ministry wishes therefore to appeal to the public to be patient as the immigration authorities of the Foreign Governments update their systems.”