Thursday, April 5, 2012

Kenya: US Department of State Issues Update Travel Warning

Effective April 4, 2012, the US Department of State warns its citizens of the risks of travel to Kenya. US citizens in Kenya, and those considering travel to Kenya, should evaluate their personal security situation in light of continuing and recently heightened threats from terrorism and the high rate of violent crime in some areas. The levels of risk vary throughout the country. This announcement replaces the Travel Warning dated November 4, 2011.

COMMENT: Other than a number of kidnappings of foreigners near the Kenyan-Somalian border, which have occurred in recent months, and been well-documented by our numerous postings, the Department's new travel warning is largely cautionary.

That being said, travelers of all nationalities are urged to avoid travel to Somalia and even within 60 miles of the Somalian border. Violent crime is a frequent occurrence throughout Kenya. Consequently, road travel outside of major cities should be by convoy and travelers should avoid wearing expensive-looking jewelry and carrying large amounts of cash. Additionally, low-impact IEDs and grenades have been used to disrupt large gatherings at night-clubs.

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