British government issues travel advice for Kenya

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The British government have issued travel advice for Kenya during the Christmas and New Year holiday season.

This information was sent out to email subscribers and published on their website.

The advice reads as follows:

The Kenyan authorities have advised heightened personal security during the Christmas holiday season; on 21 December 2015, the Kenyan Ministry of Interior and Co-ordination of National Government issued a public watch notice urging citizens to play a role in counter terrorism and prevention of criminal activities by being vigilant and reporting any suspicious activity, items and people.

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The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advise against all but essential travel to:

  • Areas within 60km of the Kenya-Somali border
  • Larissa County
  • The Eastleigh area of Nairobi
  • Lamu County and those areas of Tana River County north of the Tana river itself
  • Within 15km of the coast from the Tana river down to the Galana (Athi-Galana-Sabaki) river

The area to which the FCO advise against all but essential travel does not include Kenya’s safari destinations in the national parks, reserves and wildlife conservancies; including the Aberdare National Park, Amboseli, Laikipia, Lake Nakuru, Masai Mara, Meru, Mount Kenya, Samburu, Shimba Hills, Tsavo, nor does it include the beach resorts of Mombasa, Malindi, Kilifi, Watamu and Diani.

Mombasa airport (Moi International Airport) and Malindi airport are not included in the area to which the FCO advise against all but essential travel.