Published on Friday, January 15, 2016

Kenya to waive visa fees for children

Kenya Tourism Board will waive visa fees for children under the age of 16 from next month in a further bid to woo back visitors.

The waiver, for children aged below 16, applies to all nationalities and is designed to encourage more families to visit Kenya.

In addition, all Kenya Wildlife Service park fees will also be capped at $60 (around £41) for the financial year 2016/17, down from the previous fee of $90 (around £62) for some national parks.

The new moves come after Kenya introduced incentives for charter airlines at the start of this month.

Landing fees have been waived for all tourist charter aircraft with passengers terminating at Moi International Airport Mombasa and Malindi Airport until June 30 2018.

Airlines are also getting a passenger subsidy of $30 per seat filled by international passengers who terminate or disembark in Kenya over the same period.

The destination has seen international arrivals drop dramatically following a number of terrorist attacks.

At the end of last year, Mombasa was served by only three charter airlines, down from 30 a few years ago.

Major UK operators including Thomson, First Choice, Cosmos (now Monarch) and Kuoni evacuated their clients from Mombasa in May 2014 after the UK Foreign Office advised against travel to the area.

Gradually the travel advisories have been lifted and parts of the coast are now re-open to tourism.

These latest incentives are part of the Kenyan government's commitment to the tourist industry, especially in the coastal regions.

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