General information


As of 1 July 2016, visa applications for Uganda are made online via this website

Select "Visa or permit type: Visa", "Category: Uganda Ordinary/Tourist Visa", "Subcategory: Single Entry" and upload a passport copy, a recent passport-size photograph and a vaccination certifcate (Yellow Fever). According to this website, the payment of the visa fee (currently 50 USD) MUST be done online - the application will not be processed until the payment is done. All the online payments are subjected to a 3% surcharge fee.

In some cases, you may be asked for a letter of invitation (you should not be asked for such a letter if you selected "Tourist"). If so, please, contact our main organizer in Uganda, Casim Umba Tolo, and provide all necessary information in your Email (full name, position, contact address, email address, etc.) to obtain such an invitation letter: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Recommended vaccinations

Check, for example, this website for recommended vaccinations (yellow fever, malaria etc.)!


The Ugandan Shilling is the currency of Uganda. 1 USD = 3,763.00 UGX; 1 EUR = 4,343.70 UGX (29 May 2018).

Getting there

The conference hotel Laico Lake Victoria is just 7 km from the airport (see map below). Note that web mapping services such as GoogleMaps may show a different position of the hotel! There is a courtesy shuttle to and from the Airport for participants staying at Laico. Please, check whether your hotel provides such a service. Taxis are also available at the airport.

Eating out

The conference fee includes all conference activities, snacks and beverages as well as the lunches and farewell dinner. If you do not want to dine out in the hotel's restaurant you may also consider other restaurants in Entebbe. Also, the Imperial Shopping Mall and Victoria Mall are (more or less) in walking distance (15-20 mins).

Health Issues

We are virtually at the equator. Please, take health precautions, especially about malaria. The beaches at Lake Victoria might look inviting for a swim. However, it is not advised since chances contracting schistosomiasis are close to 100%.

Oral Presentations

Time slots for regular talks will be 20 mins (15+5), keynote speakers will have 40 mins (30+10). We must request you not to exceed the time slot allocated to your presentation. Please, make sure that your presentation will run on a PC (PPT, PPTX, PDF files). Contact the conference desk if you wish to check whether your presentation runs smoothly on our computers. Please, give us a copy of your presentation at the earliest possible time. Please, contact the support staff for uploading your talk onto our computers, latest the day before your talk.


Posters must be in portrait orientation and should not exceed the A0 format (c. 84 x 119 cm). The official poster presentation will take place on Tuesday. Please, put up your poster at the earliest possible time, so that SIAL delegates will have a chance to see the posters before the poster session during the lunch breaks on Monday and Tuesday. Pins for fixing your poster onto walls are available at the conference desk. All members of the scientific committee present will select the two best student talks and poster presentations.

Excursions (Wednesday, 1 August)

The excursion day during the SIAL conference will be on Wednesday with an optional boat cruise on Lake Victoria (research vessel and visiting aquaculture facilities on the lake) and a land-based excursion to Jinja (source of the Nile, dam lake Bujagali, Spekes’ monument and Kampala). Note that the boat trip is fully booked now. However, you may check beforehand, whether there are still some spaces available.