British citizens warned against Kenya

British High Commission officials continue to monitor the situation and travel advice will be updated at regular intervals. They advise against all but essential travel to Kisumu, Kakamega, Kericho, Eldoret and the Kisauni area of Nyali district in Mombasa, and Likoni and Tiwi areas south of Mombasa.  They also advise against all but essential travel to the city centre, Uhuru Park, Kibera, Mathare, and Eastleigh areas of Nairobi.

They recommend that you stay indoors.  If you need to travel you should exercise extreme caution and seek advice locally.

There continues to be serious unrest in parts of Kenya, particularly in urban centres, following the announcement of the presidential election results. There are reports that 124 Kenyan nationals have been killed in the disturbances.  National security forces have been deployed in some areas.  The situation is fluid and we are updating our travel advice regularly.

There is a high threat from terrorism in Kenya.  Attacks could be indiscriminate, including in places frequented by expatriates and foreign travellers.  Previous attacks have included a bomb attack on an hotel which resulted in significant loss of life, and an unsuccessful attempt to bring down a civilian airliner in Mombasa.  These attacks took place in the month leading up to the last Parliamentary and Presidential elections in Kenya.

Up to 290,000 British tourists visit Kenya every year (Source: Kenya Tourist Board).  The main types of incident for which British nationals require consular assistance in Kenya are road accidents and muggings (five and eight cases respectively in 2006).

We strongly recommend that you obtain comprehensive travel and medical insurance before travelling.  You should check any exclusions, and that your policy covers you for all the activities you want to undertake. 


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