Kenya: Current Travel Advice Featured

IN THE PICTURE: Nairobi, Kenya. IN THE PICTURE: Nairobi, Kenya.

117,000 British residents visited Kenya in 2014. Following attacks by Al-Shabaab on Kenyan troops in Somalia 15 January 2016, Kenyan government reiterated the threat posed by terrorists to Kenyan interests

UK FCO advise against all but essential travel to:

  • areas within 60km of the Kenya-Somali border

  • Garissa County

  • the Eastleigh area of Nairobi

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

  • within 15km of the coast from the Tana river down to the Galana (Athi-Galana-Sabaki) river

The area the FCO advise against all but essential travel doesn't include Kenya’s safari destinations in the national parks, reserves and wildlife conservancies. Including Aberdare National Park, Amboseli, Laikipia, Lake Nakuru, Masai Mara, Meru, Mount Kenya, Samburu, Shimba Hills, Tsavo. The advice also does it include the beach resorts of Mombasa, Malindi, Kilifi, Watamu and Diani. Mombasa airport (Moi International Airport) and Malindi airport are not included in the area to which the FCO advise against all but essential travel.

International Private Medical Insurance For Kenya

Take out comprehensive international private medical insurance before you travel to Kenya, to cover the cost of any medical treatment abroad or emergency repatriation and evacuation. Be sure to read the small print of all iPMI policies before you purchase.

Cholera, malaria and dengue fever occur in Kenya.

You should drink or use only boiled or bottled water and avoid ice in drinks.

Don’t eat food prepared by unlicensed vendors.

If you need emergency medical assistance during your trip, dial 999 and ask for an ambulance. You should contact your international medical insurance/medical assistance company promptly if you are referred to a medical facility for treatment.

Kenya Visas

You need a visa to enter Kenya. You can either get a visa on arrival at the airport, or before you travel. To minimise time spent queuing at the airport, get a visa before you travel. You can apply for single entry and transit visas on the evisas website. For other types of visa, apply at the nearest Kenyan High Commission or Embassy. For more information on different types of visas see the website of the Kenya High Commission.

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