US Issues Travel Advisory to Its Citizens

  • File photo of an airplane in the sky
    File photo of an airplane in the sky
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  • The United States has issued a travel advisory to its citizens regarding security and health concerns in Kenya.

    In an advisory dated Tuesday, June 21, the US revealed that they had concerns over the security of the Kenyan airspace - in particular around the Kenya-Somali border.

    It was revealed that the airspace advisory was informed by the activity of extremist groups in the areas.

    Al-Shabaab militants conduct military drills at a base in Somalia.
    Al-Shabaab militants conduct military drills at a base in Somalia.
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    Further, it was announced that the advisory would apply until February 2023.

    "Due to risks to civil aviation operating in the vicinity of the Kenyan-Somali border, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has issued a Notice to Airmen (NOTAM). 

    "Those persons are advised to exercise caution when flying into, out of, within, or over the territory and airspace of Kenya east of 40 degrees east longitude at altitudes below Flight Level (FL) 260 due to the possibility of extremist/ Militant activity," read the advisory in part.

    Further, they warned their citizens against travelling to select counties due to terrorism concerns and increase the activity of bandits.

    They include; Lamu, Wajir, Tana River, Mandera, Garissa, and parts of Kilifi county.

    Additionally, parts of Nairobi estates such as Kibera and Eastleigh were highlighted as high-risk crime areas even as the citizens were advised to be alert to kidnappings, carjacking, and armed robberies.

    "Violent crime, such as armed carjacking, mugging, home invasion, and kidnapping, can occur at any time. Street crime can involve multiple armed assailants. 

    'Local police often lack the resources and training to respond effectively to serious criminal incidents. Do not physically resist any robbery attempt."

    Additionally, due to the ongoing upsurge of Coronavirus cases, the US cautioned its citizens to get vaccinated. However, they stated that the concerns were moderate.

    U.S. Ambassador to Kenya Kyle McCarter presents donations of facemasks to Churchill Otieno from the Kenya Editors’ Guild (KEG) and Eric Oduor from the Kenya Union of Journalists (KUJ).
    U.S. Ambassador to Kenya Kyle McCarter (Centre) presents donations of facemasks to Churchill Otieno (On His Right) from the Kenya Editors’ Guild (KEG) and Eric Oduor from the Kenya Union of Journalists (KUJ).
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