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March 11, 2014 Destination Global No Comments Email Email

TRAVEL to the three of the  most popular destinations in East Africa will be greatly enhanced by the introduction of a common visa for travel to Kenya, Rwanda and Uganda, according  to Mike Kirkland the chairman of Australia’s biggest African safari operator Bench International.

Mr Kirkland said that the change has just been announced but it took effect on January 1, 2014 and will remove complications around movement through East Africa as well as save travellers a great deal of “red tape” time.

The Kenya, Rwanda and Uganda Ministers and High Commissioners and Tourism Board Heads officially graced the launch of the new cross-border visa at the ITB convention in Berlin.

The tourist cross-border visa between Kenya, Rwanda and Uganda costs USD $100. The single tourist visa resulted from a joint initiative and decision made by the Heads of State of the respective countries.

Before the establishment of the single entry visa for Kenya was USD $50 (approximately £30), for Uganda was USD $50 (approximately £30) and Rwanda was USD $30 (approximately £18).

Kenya’s Minister for East African Affairs, Commerce and Tourism Mrs Phyllis Kandie applauded the joint tourist move.

She said. This will enrich the tourist product offering in Kenya, Rwanda and Uganda. The region will benefit from an increase in tourist numbers and number of days spent in these countries.

“ The region is bound to harvest a much larger share of the over 50 million tourists visiting Africa each year”.

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