The US State Department issued a reminder to travellers that terrorism remains a threat in Kenya, and that militants may aim to carry out attacks during Ramadan. Heightened security is in place.
The UK’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office warns that there is ‘a heightened threat of terrorism, including terrorist kidnappings, across Kenya, including to people travelling in or through Nairobi, the coast and resort areas around Mombasa and Malindi, the towns of Narok, Naivasha, Nanyuki and Meru and their surrounding areas, and the northern border counties. Attacks, including terrorist kidnappings, could target Westerners, including British nationals.’
- Remain aware of your surroundings at all times. Keep an eye out for things that seems suspicious and trust your instincts. If a situation feels wrong, try to leave as quickly and unobtrusively as you can.
- Make sure you have appropriate travel insurance to cover any activities on your trip. If you feel you need added protection, consider buying an additional support package.
- Review your travel risk management plan, so you know exactly what to do in an emergency.
- Make sure you have important contact information stored in a secure offline location.
- Keep your devices charged.
- Check in regularly with friends and family. Agree check in times in advance and set up a plan for what to do if you miss a check in time.
- Be aware that Kenya is a target for terrorist groups operating in East Africa. There is a kidnap risk – read official travel advice links for further information.
- If something does happen, contact the local embassy as soon as it is safe to do so.
Official travel advice
#Kenya: Terrorist groups have a history of carrying out attacks during Ramadan. On May 15, the Kenyan Police issued a notice to the public explaining that they have enhanced patrols during this time and intensified security in areas of interest (churches, mosques) countrywide. pic.twitter.com/YioMXI3ud7
— Travel – State Dept (@TravelGov) May 18, 2019
Government travel advice
Links to travel advice on visiting Kenya from the following governments –
Please note that the travel advice varies – it is worth reading them all and reaching your own conclusion.
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