The Kenyan government will from January 2018 issue 96 hour (4 day) transit visas to foreign passengers using Kenya Airways.The visa will allow those awaiting connecting flights at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) to exit the airport and visit the city for sight-seeing or shopping.

Currently, the government issues 72 hour visas to passengers on layovers- a break between two flights taking passengers to their final destination. The objective behind increasing the duration of the visas is to boost Kenya Airways and the local travel industry as well as increase the attractiveness of JKIA as a transit port.

This announcement was posted by Jacinta Nzioka on her Twitter account. She is the marketing director at Magical Kenya.