Irish government updates travel for Kenya advice following ivory prosecutions

Pich-Aguilera Maria ivory arrest Kenya
The ivory bracelet belonging to Spanish national Pich-Aguilera Maria. Photo: Twitter/KWSKenya

The Irish government have updated their travel advice for Kenya in the wake of a number of prosecutions for the possession of ivory while travelling in, out or through the country.

Spanish national Pich-Aguilera Maria paid a Ksh 1 million fine following her arrest at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) for possessing an ivory bangle weighing 0.025g while French woman Laazibi Amal was arrested with another ivory bangle weighing 0.85g.

“Possession of ivory in any form is a crime in Kenya and can result in a large fine or imprisonment. This is an offence of strict liability, which means that there is no defence which can be offered,” the advice reads.

For the latest travel information for Kenya from the Irish government, please visit the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade website.

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