The government will from January next year introduce four-day transit visas to foreign passengers transported to the country by Kenya Airways.
Currently, foreign passengers on layovers – a break between two flights taking passengers to their final destinations are issued with a three-day visa.
The government’s aim of extending the transit visa to four days is to enable foreign travellers awaiting Kenya Airways connection flights at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi to get ample time to shop in the capital city.
On the other hand, the travellers can enjoy short stays in Nairobi or fly to the popular Maasai Mara National Reserve for lifetime dream game drives.
For those who choose to remain in the city, they can get an opportunity to go on game viewing at the Nairobi National Park.
Nairobi is the only city on the African continent with a national park teeming with 100 species of mammals including buffalo, lion, leopard, zebra, wildebeest, cheetah, giraffe and zebra.
The move would uplift tourism in Kenya as the foreign travellers would enjoy both leisure and safari in their short stays as they wait to connect flights at the JKIA.
This too, would also boost Kenya Airways as well as increase the attractiveness of Kenya’s leading international airport JKIA as a transit port.
Kenya Tourism Board Marketing Director, Jacinta Nzioka, noted that the government was planning to issue the 96-hour transit visas for passengers flying by Kenya Airways to visit the country.
Tourism players are upbeat that the extension of the transit visa from 72-hours to 96-hours would make foreign travellers get opportunities of short stays in Nairobi.
Travellers as well can visit the Nairobi National Museum, Karen Blixen Museum, the Nairobi Gallery and the Nairobi Snake Park to have fun.
Beneficiaries of the move too will be hotels located near the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport.