Mixed views on single EAC visa

KAMPALA, Uganda – Some sections of Uganda tourism sector are opposing the recently signed single tourist visa by arguing that the initiative was politically driven.At a breakfast meeting organized by the Uganda Tourism Board and the East African Tourism Platform in Kampala the sector players noted that the single EAC visa benefits are not clearly stated.Uganda Tourism Association president, Hebert Byaruhanga, asked how the single visa will realistically work.
“It seems the politicians have rushed the single visa. I don’t think all stakeholders will be ready by the January 1 2014 date. It’s not realistic,” he argued.
Under the EAC protocol, the marketing of the region should be done collectively under one umbrella. EALA thought that by instituting a single visa, it will ease the marketing of the region.
Ms. Watuli Matu the East African Tourism Platform regional coordinator advised Uganda’s tourism fraternity not to fight the introduction of the visa but to build capacity and position themselves in a stronger way in order to benefit from its benefits.
This comes a few weeks after Rwanda, Uganda and Kenya, penned down an agreement at the WTM Exhibition in London to execute a single tourist visa.