Tanzania, Burundi set to join single tourist visa

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Tanzania, Burundi set to join single tourist visa

The East African Community (EAC), which comprises Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Burundi and Rwanda, intends to become “a single tourist area” under its vast regional integration project, according to a statement by the body’s secretary general.

We want to make the East African Community a single tourist area with a single tourist visa, EAC Secretary General, Richard Sezibera said during a press conference held on Wednesday.

The use of the single tourist visa has been in force since last year for Rwanda, Uganda and Kenya which are determined to move faster than the other two members on the path of economic integration.

Tanzania has announced that it wants to join the single tourist visa. This is very important. Burundi has also expressed interest in joining the system, Mr. Sezibera said.

The regional bloc has however experienced a major crisis over the past two years with Burundi and Tanzania often not agreeing with the rest of the bloc.

The presidents of Rwanda, Uganda and Kenya had met several times in the absence of their counterparts in Tanzania and Burundi to accelerate the construction of large regional infrastructure, including a railway and a pipeline connecting their three capital cities.

In addition to a customs union set up in 2005, the EAC launched in July 2010, a common market implementation of which remains slow. The organization is also considering a monetary union and dreams of a political federation.

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