Travelers using Kenya's national carrier Kenya Airways (KQ) have received a major boost after the airline announced that it will be rolling out four-day transit visas allowing foreign passengers on Kenya Airways' awaiting connection flights at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport to exit for ‘shopping and sightseeing’.
Travelers on stopovers, a break between two flights taking passengers to their final destination will now receive a 96-hour transit visa, up from the current 72 hours.
The new announcement is expected to boost Kenya Airways and local travel industry as well as increase the attractiveness of Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) as a transit port.
“Kenya to issue 96hr transit visas for passengers on Kenya Airways to visit our country,” announced Jacinta Nzoia, marketing director, Magical Kenya, through her twitter account.
The bulk of Kenya Airways' passengers from its African routes use JKIA as a transit port to cities in Asia and Europe.