Kenya lifts visa requirements

NAIROBI--Travel to Kenya has just been made easier, thanks to the lifting of visa requirements for Americans visiting Kenya for 30 days or less. The move was an attempt to give the battered tourism sector a boost, officials said.

A gazelle in Amboseli National Park, Kenya.So far, visa requirements have been lifted for Japan, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and some European countries. Tourism officials said the decision to waive visa requirements could provide the base for a recovery in the sector, which has gone into a slump in recent years.

Safety concerns kept visitors away after the bombing of the U.S. embassy in Nairobi last August, in which 229 people were killed. Also, trips to Kenya were cancelled after eight foreign tourists were murdered in a safari park in neighboring Uganda in March of this year.

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