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Kenyan coastal gem gets a direct link to Middle East as Dubai ties to Africa

  By Seth Onyango, via bird story agency Mombasa is set for a surge in tourism after FlyDubai launched direct flights between Dubai, the commercial hub of the United Arab Emirates, and the coastal city. This new direct route, a first for any UAE airline, is also poised to strengthen economic ties and cultural exchange between the two regions. Flydubai will operate four weekly direct flights to Mombasa from January […]

todayJanuary 19, 2024 2


Africa’s 10 ‘most open’ countries for travel

  By Conrad Onyango, via bird story agency In the past eight years, 35 countries have improved their visa policies and, since 2016, five countries have abolished all visa requirements for African travellers. As a result, citizens of at least five countries can now enjoy visa-free travel in 42 different countries, compared to just three in 2020. According to the Africa Development Bank's Africa Visa Openness Report 2023, most countries […]

todayJanuary 17, 2024


Visa-free regimes to bolster African tourism growth in 2024

By Conrad Onyango via bird African countries are set to record an increase in tourism numbers in 2024, as more countries continue to open their borders to other African countries by abolishing visa requirements. In 2023, most African countries made significant strides to liberalize their visa regimes, with Rwanda and Kenya being the latest to completely remove visa requirements for all African travellers, joining Gambia, Benin, and Seychelles. Kenya's transition […]

todayJanuary 9, 2024 28


IATA introduces documentation system for contactless travel experience

The International Air Transport Association has rolled out Timatic AutoCheck, a new travel documentation system for contactless travel and improved passenger experience. It automates document checks with personalised instructions, making immigration information easily accessible. IATA says that with passenger traffic expected to double by 2040, streamlining airport processes becomes important.

todayDecember 19, 2023 2


Fuel price relief for Namibians

Just in time for the holidays, the Ministry of Mines and Energy has announced that due to large over-recoveries the price of petrol and both grades of diesel will decrease by 130c/litre as of Wednesday 6 December. The decrease could have been larger but, saying that they note the importance of road maintenance, the Ministry at the same time increased the Road Fund Administration levy by 20 cents to 198 […]

todayDecember 5, 2023 1

Opinion Pieces

Say No To Tollgates

By Josef Kefas Sheehama The proposal is questionable, coming at a time when people are facing undue hardship, including the high cost of living. As such, Namibians see themselves as being caught between the devil and the deep sea. The introduction of tollgates become another punishment for Namibia. The Road Fund Administration (RFA) anticipated a massive increase in revenues. This will translate to between N$500 million to N$750 million per […]

todayApril 3, 2023 2