UK issues new travel warning to Kenya
from ANTONY LANGAT in Nairobi, Kenya
NAIROBI – THE United Kingdom Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has changed its travel advice to Kenya to warn against all but essential travel to Lamu County and the areas of Tana River County.
The travel advice for Mombasa, where the UK has discouraged travel, remains the same.
“Our travel advice for other parts of the country, beyond the coast, has not changed and the vast majority of the country falls outside our advice against all but essential travel,” FCO stated.
FCO advised against all but essential travel to areas within 60km of the Kenya-Somali border, Kiwayu and coastal areas north of Pate Island, Garissa District, the Eastleigh area of Nairobi, low income areas of Nairobi, including all township or slum areas, Mombasa island and within 5 km 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 are currently in an area to which we now advise against all but essential travel you should consider whether you have an essential reason to remain. If not, you should leave the area,” FCO advised.
FCO said the UK had a responsibility to inform British citizens of the potential threats aimed at both Kenya and the international community.
“Our travel advice reflects solely our objective assessment of the security position. It is kept under constant review,” FCO stated.
FCO said to counter the shared threat of terrorism, the UK was committed to working with the Kenyan authorities to strengthen their capacity to investigate, prosecute and detain terrorists, “in line with international human rights standards.”
– CAJ News
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