Uganda Government Asked to Reduce Visa Fees to Attract Tourists

Uganda Tourism Board (UTB) has asked government to consider reducing the tourism visa fees from $100 charged per tourist to $50 to match other East African countries and attract more tourists under the joint tourism approach.

Ms Slyvia Kalembe, a senior marketing officer at UTB, made the appeal during a meeting with Rwanda Tour Operators on promoting joint tourism among East African countries at Bunyonyi Overland Resort Camp in Kabale.

Ms Kalembe said Uganda's high visa fees scare away some tourists, opting to visit other East African countries where it is cheaper. In Kenya, Rwanda and Tanzania visa fees is $50 per tourist.

"High visa fees charged per tourist entering Uganda scare some tourists away and they opt to visit other East African countries. There is need for the Ugandan government to revise these fees so that we can attract many tourists," said Ms Kalembe.

Uganda and Rwanda are forging permanent joint tourism. Ms Kalembe said plans to advocate for a joint tourism approach that targets having a one visa system where tourists are charged once at the entry either in Kenya, Rwanda and Uganda is still emphasised. This, she said, will save tourists from being over burdened by paying visa every time they enter any of those countries.

Rwanda tour operators toured Lake Bunyonyi as well as Queen Elizabeth and Lake Mburo National Parks to appreciate the existing tourist attractions.

Source: AllAfrica