The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advise against all but essential travel to areas within 60km of the Kenya-Somali border; to Kiwayu and coastal areas north of Pate Island; to Garissa District; to the Eastleigh area of Nairobi; and to low income areas of Nairobi, including all township or slum areas. See Terrorism and Local travel.
There is a high threat from terrorism, including kidnapping.
On 23 April a car bomb exploded outside Pangani police station in the Eastleigh suburb of Nairobi. A number of fatalities have been reported.
The death on 1 April 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.
On 31 March there were explosions in the Eastleigh suburb of Nairobi. A number of fatalities have been reported with many more injured.
A number of worshippers were killed during an attack on a church in Likoni, Mombasa on Sunday 23 March. There is a possibility of further disturbances in the Mombasa area. Likoni is the area where the ferry runs from Mombasa to Southern beach and tourist resorts.
On 17 March a large Improvised Explosive Device, together with some weapons, were found in a car impounded by police in Mombasa. Local media are reporting that Kenyan police believe there may be additional similar bombs in the wider region and are pursuing these threats.
On 2 February 2014, police raided the Musa mosque in Majengo district of Mombasa, resulting in several deaths.
A small explosion took place at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport on 16 January. There were no reported casualties. Airport services were not affected.
On 12 December 2013 a failed grenade attack on a vehicle took place in the Likoni area of Mombasa. On 14 December 2013 an explosion took place on a public bus in the Pangani area of Nairobi, in the outskirts of the Eastleigh suburb. Six were killed and a further 24 injured. On 1 January 2014, a number of people were injured in a grenade attack on a nightclub in Diani, near Mombasa.
In September 2013 a major attack took place at the Westgate shopping centre in the Westlands district of Nairobi. You should avoid the cordoned area around the shopping centre. Further large-scale attacks can’t be ruled out.
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. See Terrorism.
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.
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