Travel Warning: Kenya

Posted on May 19, 2014 by Guest Writer
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The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) have advised all but essential travel to Mombasa island and within 5km of the coast from Mtwapa creek in the north to Tiwi in the south of Kenya.

This follows the explosions at Gikomba Market on the edges of the Eastleigh district in Nairobi.

The (FCO) advise against all but essential travel to:

  • areas within 60km of the Kenya-Somali border
  • Kiwayu and coastal areas north of Pate Island
  • Garissa District
  • the Eastleigh area of Nairobi
  • low income areas of Nairobi, including all township or slum areas
  • Mombasa island and within 5km of the coast from Mtwapa creek in the north to Tiwi in the south (this area does not include Diani or Moi international airport).

If you’re currently in an area to which the FCO advise against all but essential travel, you should consider whether you have an essential reason to remain. If not, you should leave the area. See Terrorism and Local travel.

The FCO’s advice against all but essential travel to low income areas of Nairobi does not include or affect transit through Nairobi airport.

There is a high threat from terrorism, including kidnapping. The main threat comes from extremists linked to Al Shabaab, a militant group that has carried out attacks in Kenya in response to Kenya’s military intervention in Somalia. There has been a spate of small-scale grenade, bomb and armed attacks in Nairobi (especially the area of Eastleigh), Mombasa, and North Eastern Province. See Terrorism

On 16 May there have been explosions at Gikomba Market on the edges of the Eastleigh district in Nairobi. Casualties have been reported.

You should take care in public places where people gather, and exercise a heightened level of vigilance. Monitor local and international media and keep up to date with this travel advice by subscribing to email alerts.

The death on 1 April of a prominent cleric in Mombasa has led to unrest and increased tension in the area. There is a possibility of further disturbances in the Mombasa area, particularly on Fridays after prayers. You should follow the local news, remain vigilant at all times, and avoid demonstrations and large crowds.

There are frequent incidents of violent crime including mugging, armed robbery and carjacking, particularly in the large cities. See Crime

There is a threat of piracy in the Gulf of Aden and Indian Ocean. See Sea travel