The cost of tourist visas fees for Uganda have been halved to $50 in a bid to boost tourism to the African nation.

The action to promote tourism sector came as the country introduced e-visas.

The new visas require travellers to apply online and receive an approval notification prior to travel. Visas are then issued on arrival.

Minister of information and communications technology and national guidance, Frank Tumwebaze, said: “Uganda listens carefully to stakeholders – especially in the tourism sector – and we respond.

“We have made this decision so that we enable more tourist to enjoy holidays, leisure and safaris in our beautiful country at a much lower cost than most other places in the world”.

Tim Henshall, representative for Uganda Tourism in the UK, added: “This is a great decision by Uganda in moving towards a more competitive visa rate, and ultimately making it easier and cheaper for tourists to visit the country.

“As well as their famous mountain gorillas, Uganda offers great safaris, fantastic birding, world class hiking, stunning scenery and fascinating cultures.”