Most tours / safaris in Uganda are all inclusive. Thus visitors are advised not to carry so much money on them except for cases of buying souvenirs, tipping and a few meals in some towns.
Kampala is well serviced with banks and micro finance institutions. International Banks include Standard Chartered Bank, Barclays Bank, Stanbic, Eco Bank, UBA Bank, Global Trust Bank, Tropical Bank and Bank of Africa.
Other Banks include Orient Bank, Crane Bank, DFCU Bank, Housing Finance Bank, Diamond Trust Bank, Kenya Commercial Bank and Equity Bank. The unit of currency in the country is the Ugandan Shilling (Ush).
There are coins in the following denominations 50, 100, 200, 500 while the notes are in the denominations of 1000, 5000, 10,000, 20000 and 50,000. These are in circulation concurrently with the Kenya Shillings, Tanzania shillings, US Dollars, German Marks, French Francs, Swiss Francs, Rwanda Francs, British Pounds Sterling, Euro, South Africa Rand and the Japanese Yen.
There are no restrictions on import or exportation of currency into or out of Uganda although any monies over US$5000 have to be declared to customs officials. Licensed Forex Bureaus are abundant in Kampala and some other up country towns.
When changing traveller’s cheques a valid passport may be required. Small denomination bills of US Dollar 1, 5, 10, and 20 are changed at a substantially reduced rate. The same applies to soiled and torn notes.
Some banks, tour operators, hotels, restaurants, and other super markets also take / accept payment by credit cards. Majority of banks that use this mode will advance local currency against a credit card. The most commonly accepted credit cards are American Express, Visa & the Master card.