Five East African countries have become a 'single' tourist destination in a move designed to maximise the benefits of tourism and wildlife in the region. The union called the East African Community involves Kenya, Burundi, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda. The move is designed to remove the red tape involved at border crossings by issuing a common tourist visa valid for a visit to one or more of the five countries. The cost of the new visa has not yet been set. This should benefit conservation and wildlife management through coordinating tourism policies and efforts to control poaching. This should benefit areas such as Bwindi National Park in Uganda home to the mountain gorillas
(Daily Telegraph 08.11.2008)
Latest news:- At a meeting for a Single East African Community held from 29th - 31st July 2009 the Council of Ministers set a target date of June 2010 for the introduction of a Single Toursit Visa.
(Toursim Uganda Newsletter July 2009)