Border crossing: Uganda to Rwanda (and back!)
No. of officials: 5
Buildings: 3 buildings for Uganda exit, 2 buildings for Rwanda entry
Time taken: 2 hours Uganda-Rwanda, 1 hour Rwanda-Uganda
Other: On arrival at the border everything seems a little chaotic. The exit from Uganda was very straight forward (as was the re-entry), but entering Rwanda seemed to be more difficult for a Dane than for a Brit. John was given a stamp immediately in a similar style to the many others in line, but Josi was given a once over and asked “what passport is this?” to which I answered the quite obvious “Danish” and then a lot of head shaking was set upon amongst the staff. But I had filed in the online form which had granted me access to Rwanda, so I presented him with this form but this seemed to do nothing to please him and he said “wait to the side” and carried on serving others. After 15 minutes I asked how it was going and he said “hmm, well there seems to be a problem. Please wait.” It seemed that this was a standard procedure, and that all those needing a visa should wait and then having paid the fee in a separate office 5 minutes away – be presented with a passport at least 20 minutes later with the same stamp as everyone else.
Hassle factor: 5/10 (because Josi has a DK passport!)
Days in (South) Uganda: 8
Days in Rwanda: 3