Some ATM machines will take cards with a MasterCard logo and some hotels will accept American Express through Visa is the predominate card. ATMs sometimes will give you money and at better rates than from the bureau de changes
Some banks now offer extended banking hours (8:00 am to 8:00 pm, Monday to Friday) they include Diamond Trust Bank other banks in Uganda include; Stanbic Bank, Crane Bank, Citi Bank, Eco Bank, Bank of Africa, Orient bank.
Most hotels, lodges, camps, shopping malls will accept credit cards. Visa is much more widely accepted than other cards. Banks will advance local currency against your credit card if need be.
You can exchange any foreign currency at any authorized banks and bureau de change. There are many bureaus in East Africa, Just enquire from your guide for any assistance. However we do recommend you stick to your US dollars, they are universally accepted in all the destinations you will be visiting. If you are bringing cash, U.S. dollars should be “big head” dollars dated 2009 or later. Larger denomination notes (the 50s or 100s) give you a better exchange rate than 20s or below.
Currency Import regulations:
Foreign currencies: unlimited, provided declared on arrival. Prohibited: local currency (Uganda Shilling-UGX)
Currency Export regulations:
Foreign currencies: up to the amount imported and declared on arrival. Prohibited: local currency (Uganda Shilling-UGX)
The basic unit of currency in Uganda is the Shilling (UGX). The currency structure of Uganda consists of banknotes and coins and is denoted in Uganda Shilling (UGX). Bank Notes are in denominations of UGX 1,000 UGX 2,000 UGX 5,000 UGX10, 000 UGX 20,000 and UGX 50,000. We highly recommend you travel with US Dollars, don’t exchange into the local currency to avoid getting confused as all tourist related destinations do accept US Dollars. US banknotes with the series date before the year 2006 will be declined in East Africa, Kindly make sure all your dollars bills that you bring along with you are post year 2006.