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Regional tourists to fly direct to Uganda parks

Tourists relaxing at Diani Beach. FILE PHOTO | NMG
Tourists relaxing at Diani Beach. FILE PHOTO | NMG 

Uganda has agreed to allow tourists in the East African region to fly directly to the country’s national parks without having to clear with the immigration department in Entebbe.

This comes more than three years after Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania and Rwanda enacted a joint visa scheme where visitors could visit any of the three countries on a single entry permit. 

“This step furthers regional integration, by making it very easy, say, for a tourist visiting Kenya’s Masai Mara National Reserve to take one flight and land directly into Uganda’s tropical rainforest at Kibale National Park,” said Mr Justus Karuhanga, Uganda representative for the Giants Club, in a statement. 

“Requiring all visitors entering Uganda to do so only at Entebbe International Airport was holding back the potential to fully develop the country’s tourism potential.”

The visa was expected to increase the number of tourists visiting the region because they pay $100 for a 90-day multiple entry visa that takes them to all the three countries instead of $150 that was required by each country.

But the seamless tourist visa has faced hitched since its launch in 2014.

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