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Joint visa deal announced for Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda

November 29, 2013 Destination Global No Comments Email Email

The Kenya Tourism Board (KTB) recently announced a single visa deal that will benefit the tourism sector in three East African countries from January 2014.

The KTB welcomes the multiple visa deal, which will see member country states; Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda adopt a joint visa that will facilitate free movement of tourist and citizens alike.

Applications for the joint tourist visa, which will be valid for travel for 90 days, can be made at the point of entry and will cost visitors $100. Travellers wishing to explore all three countries will benefit from the multiple visa in both convenience and price, with individual visa charges for Uganda and Kenya marked at $50 each and a visa for Rwanda costing $35.

KTB Managing Director Muriithi Ndegwa said the single joint visa comes at the right time when Kenya is tapping into the regional market to grow its scope for tourism.

“The single visa is long overdue, it will now not only ease movements within the member states but would also allow the tourists to maximise value for money,” said Ndegwa.

Speaking at the launch of the joint visa, Kenya’s Cabinet Secretary for East African Affairs, Commerce and Tourism Mrs. Phylis Kandie said the deal was a major boost to tourism.

“We have been in discussion over this matter for the last six months and we are proud to announce that we finally have a joint visa that has made the three countries borderless. This is an opportunity us to increase tourist numbers as we will jointly offer diversified tourism products,” Says Kandie.

Kandie stated that tourism products in the three countries are varied and cater to different traveller tastes, and the single joint visa will add diversity to travel and increase the value of the product.

Tanzania, a competing country in tourism and other economic pillars in the region was not represented in the launch.

Kandie explained that the joint visa is open to other EAC members joining in the future, saying that “Other EAC members will join us along the way since we have not locked anyone out”.

The joint visa has worked in other regional blocs such as SCHENGEN countries with member countries leveraging on comparative advantages and maximising the opportunity by collaborating on marketing the region as a single destination.

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