Bumpy ride: EAC single tourist visa plan delayed by national and regional red tape
Saturday January 25 2014
Reluctance by Tanzania and Burundi to join the visa plan and national and regional bureaucratic hurdles delay project. TEA Graphic
Decision by Dar es Salaam has not only made the journey longer but also exposed the bureaucratic and nationalistic hurdles that continue to haunt the plan.
In the absence of a legally binding framework to implement these projects, action and pace has largely depended on the willingness of the different countries.
Players see the low spending by regional countries as one of the biggest threats to realising the benefits of a joint regional tourist visa, especially as the region needs to have both country-specific and regional marketing plans.