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.
Demonstrations are taking place in and around the Central Business District of Nairobi on 5 March. The police are present and there is severe congestion. You should avoid all demonstrations.
There is a high threat from terrorism, including kidnapping.
On 2 February 2014, police raided the Musa mosque in Majengo district of Mombasa, resulting in several deaths. Tensions in the area remain very high and violent protests are a strong possibility. You are strongly advised to avoid demonstrations and public gatherings; pay close attention to your personal security and monitor the media for information about possible safety or security risks.
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. Further small-scale attacks are likely.
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.
185,967 British nationals visited Kenya in 2012. Most visits are trouble-free.
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