Visa changes in Kenya and Uganda, the latest news on elephant poaching, and…
Elephant Poaching News
A new DNA study shows that poachers are killing elephants on an industrial scale in 2 areas of Africa. The two areas are in eastern Tanzania, and a cross-border region encompassing several nations in the central-western part of Africa. While this is terrible news, it allows for conservation groups and wildlife authorities to focus their work to protect the animals in these areas.
Additionally, the world is taking more notice. Last month, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, with wildlife and conservation partners, hosted its second ivory crush event in New York City’s Times Square. One ton of ivory that was seized during an undercover operation, plus other ivory from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and the Association of Zoos and Aquariums was crushed, with thousands of people attending and supporting the event. The crush was intended to send the message that ivory is not a tradable commodity and will not be for the foreseeable future.
The African Wildlife Foundation was one of the partners at the Ivory Crush, and we proudly support their work. If you would like to learn more about their organization or support their work to preserve African wildlife, visit their website at www.awf.org.
Kenya Changes its Visa Process
Kenya has announced significant changes to its visa process. Effective immediately, visitors can apply online and receive approval for a visa in advance of their trip. The process takes a minimum of seven days, so we strongly recommend that travelers begin the process a minimum of 2 weeks in advance of travel. Until the end of August, visas can still be obtained at ports of entry. Beginning September 1, 2015, the only way to obtain a visa for travel to Kenya will be via the online process. Visit this webiste to apply online for a Kenyan visa.
New Tax in Zanzibar
The Government of Zanzibar has recently announced a new tax and levy which will affect all visitors to Zanzibar with effect from July 1, 2015. The new tax and levy are as follows:
1. Infrastructure Levy: $1 per person per night to be paid directly by guests at their hotel in Zanzibar.
2. Infrastructure Tax: $1 per person to be paid direct by passenger on departure at the airports / seaports in Zanzibar to any destination within the United Republic of Tanzania (domestic – e.g. to Dar es Salaam, Arusha, Selous etc.)
Uganda Increases Visa Price
Uganda has just doubled the cost of a 90 day, single entry visa to $100, and it is still available on arrival. Furthermore, this increase was implemented without warning on July 1st! Effective immediately, all visitors to Uganda should be prepared to pay $100 for their arrival visa. The East African Tourist Visa, covering Kenya, Rwanda and Uganda, is also available upon arrival (only in Uganda and Kenya) for $100.Beach image courtesy Breezes Beach Resort