Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) Commissioner General Humprey Wattanga has announced that the authority will collaborate with the Ministry of Tourism to inform tourists about the required documentation of their belongings at entry points in Kenya.
In a statement on Tuesday, November 7, Wattanga stated that the plan will ensure a smooth transition across borders.
“It is important to note that all goods intercepted at the point of entry, particularly firearms and drones, must have required permits issued by relevant state departments. However, visitors can retrieve their belongings at the exit point as they depart.
“In the future, in collaboration with the Ministry of Tourism, we will proactively inform visitors about the necessary documentation needed for such items to ensure a smooth and hassle-free transition across our borders,” Wattanga stated.
The KRA boss noted that tourism is a key revenue generator in Kenya adding that the commission is dedicated to preserving and enhancing the sector.
Wattanga’s statement comes after he joined Tourism CS Alfred Mutua in touring the JKIA passenger terminal.
CS Mutua in October lectured KRA officers for chasing away tourists over what he described as harassment.
He explained that tourists are treated harshly by KRA officers on arrival in the country, which he said discourages them from returning to Kenya.
"When a tourist come, amebeba camera mbili, amebeba viatu, anataka kukuja shopping akifika pale anaambiwa na KRA afungue mfuko yake. Underwear yake inashikwa na kalamu inawekwa kando. Wanatafuta sijui camera mbili, sijui kiatu, sijui hii perfume umeletea nani hapa," Mutua said.
The Tourism CS compared Kenya to Rwanda and South Africa, noting that the two countries don't put their tourists through screening processes.