Uganda Shilling (UGX)
Dollars cash is the most welcome foreign currency. Paying with Dollars can also lead to some frustration as notes dated prior to 1990 are turned away. Also, strangely, notes smaller than US$50 attract a far lower exchange rate, especially outside of Kampala.
Cash can be exchanged in banks in all major towns, though you may need to be prepared to queue. In the larger towns, there are Foreign Exchange shops which tend to be faster than banks.
ATMs are becoming more widely available in major Ugandan towns and Kampala. However in Africa, they are subject to breakdowns and should not be totally relied upon. Barclays Bank offers cash advances against Visa cards, as does Standard Chartered through its network of ATMs. For more information check theVisa ATM locator, the MasterCard ATM locator or the American Express ATM locator for the addresses of ATMs around the world.
Credit cards are not widely accepted and can only be used in major hotels, airlines, and other international businesses – always check in advance. Hefty surcharges are common. Credit cards and debit cards should be used with caution due to the potential for fraud and other criminal activity.
Fraud involving credit cards, traveller’s cheques and wire transfers is common in Uganda, ensure you remain vigilant at all times. Foreign debit and charge cards cannot be used.