Summary

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

  • areas within 60km of the Kenya-Somali border

  • Garissa District

  • the Eastleigh area of Nairobi

  • Mombasa island and within 5km of the coast from Mtwapa creek in the north down to and including Tiwi in the south (this area does not include Diani or Moi international airport)

  • Lamu County and those areas of Tana River County north of the Tana river itself

If you’re currently in an area to which the FCO advise against all but essential travel, you should consider whether you have an essential reason to remain. See Terrorism and Local 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.

In June and July 2014 attacks in Lamu and Tana River counties on the Kenyan coast are reported to have killed at least 85 people. Al-Shabaab has claimed responsibility for the attacks.

There has been a spate of small-scale grenade, bomb and armed attacks in Nairobi (especially the area of Eastleigh), Mombasa, and North Eastern Province. On 16 May, there were explosions at Gikomba Market on the edges of the Eastleigh district in Nairobi. Further attacks are likely. See Terrorism

On 22 November 2014, there was an attack on a bus in Mandera county near the Somali border. Twenty eight people are reported to have been killed.

On 2 December 2014, there was an attack at a quarry in Mandera county near the Somali border. Reports indicate that at least 30 people were killed. The FCO advise against all but essential travel to within 60km of the Kenya-Somalia border.

You should take care in public places where people gather, and exercise a heightened level of vigilance. Monitor local and international media and keep up to date with this travel advice by subscribing to email alerts.

The death on 1 April 2014 of a prominent cleric in Mombasa has led to unrest and increased tension in the area. There is a possibility of further disturbances in the Mombasa area, particularly on Fridays after prayers. You should follow the local news, remain vigilant at all times, and avoid demonstrations and large crowds.

There are frequent incidents of violent crime including mugging, armed robbery and carjacking, particularly in the large cities. See Crime

There is a threat of piracy in the Gulf of Aden and Indian Ocean. See Sea travel

185,967 British nationals visited Kenya in 2012. Most visits are trouble-free.

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