Presidents from 3 East African countries officially launch single tourist visa

Tourists visiting Kenya, Rwanda and Uganda will find it much easier and cheaper to travel across the three countries with the official launch of the single tourist visa on Thursday, a milestone in the East African countries' quest to deepen their integration -- reports Xinhua from Kampala, Uganda.

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni, and his Rwandan and Kenyan counterparts Paul Kagame and
Uhuru Kenyatta, who arrived here for the 4th Northern Corridor Integration Projects Summit to speed up regional integration, handed dummy visas to three tourists, marking the official introduction of the single tourist visa.

The multiple-entry visa, which will be valid for 90 days, will cost 100 U.S. dollars. Tourists can apply at any immigration offices of Uganda, Kenya and Rwanda or online. Burundi and Tanzania are yet to come on board.

The visa is expected to reduce the costs of touring across the three countries in a bid to boost the number of tourists.

The NATION reports taht, during the occasion, President of Rwanda, Paul Kagame said Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda would be having a common pavilion during the international tourism fair slated for Berlin Germany next month.

President Kenyatta and President Kagame on Wednesday gained entry into Uganda using their identity cards as travel documents, signifying the launch of national identity cards, students’ cards and voters’ cards as travel documents in the three countries.

The summit was also attended by representatives from Tanzania, Burundi and South Sudan.