Wednesday, January 09, 2008

Kenya Travel Advice from the UK FCO

The following is interesting, given that I’m supposed to be going to Kenya in a couple of weeks

3rd January

• We advise against all but essential travel to Kenya. There is uncertainty about the security and political situation in the country linked to the disputed presidential election result. On 3 January there were outbreaks of violence around Nairobi between groups of demonstrators and security forces. If you are in Nairobi you should remain indoors.

• If you are currently in the worst affected areas of Kenya, you are advised to remain indoors. You should exercise extreme caution and seek advice locally either from your tour operator or the local authorities particularly if you need to travel. You should avoid all political gatherings and large public meetings as these could turn violent.

• 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 a 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.

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