The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has updated its advice on travel to Kenya this Christmas.
The current advice on Kenyan travel by the FCO remains the same – on all but essential travel to certain areas of the country, but it has been updated to include caution to travellers in popular tourist areas.
Extra care should be taken by holidaymakers, especially in tourist areas along the coast, which comes as a result of the Kenyan authorities issuing a statement calling for a ‘higher level of vigilance’.
In a statement from the FCO, they have said, “There is a heightened threat of terrorist attacks in Nairobi and the coast and resort areas of Mombasa and Malindi. Be especially vigilant during the Christmas and New Year period, particularly in major tourist destinations such as the coast. The Inspector General of the Kenyan Police has called on the public to adopt a higher level of vigilance and report any suspicious people or activity straight away.”
The additional advice sits alongside the FCO’s believe that most visits to the country are ‘trouble free’.
The FCO added, “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.”
“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 have been a number of attacks in Kenya in recent years, particularly in Mandera County and other areas close to the Somali border.
The Kenyan government has introduced a curfew in Mandera county from 6:30pm to 6:30am until 27 December, 2016.”