US Issues Advisory to Its Citizens, Bans Travel to Wajir, Turkana

A file image Business mogul and nominated US ambassador to Kenya Meg Whitman
A file image of Business mogul and US ambassador to Kenya Meg Whitman

The United States has issued a Level 2 travel advisory against Kenya to its citizens.

The US Department of State asked its citizens within Kenya and those intending to travel to exercise increased caution, a reprieve from the Level 3 issued during the August election.

"Exercise increased caution in Kenya due to crime, terrorism, civil unrest, and kidnapping.  Some areas have increased risk," read the statement in part.

Notably, the US issued a Level 4 - Do not travel - caution to Turkana County, citing frequent crime and armed robbery especially along the Kainuk- Lodwar Road.

A file image of US Embassy in Kenya
A file image of US Embassy in Kenya

Other counties Americans are prohibited from traveling from are Mandera, Wajir, Garissa, Tana River, Lamu, and areas North of Kilifi over abductions and terrorism.

President Joe Biden's government told its citizens to reconsider travelling to Eastleigh and Kibera, explaining that the police may not have the capacity to adequately respond to the crime incidences.

"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," read the advisory in part.

In addition, the US recommended that its citizens be vigilant about demonstrations which it pegged to the tough economic times witnessed in the country.

"Strikes and other protest activity related to political and economic conditions occur regularly, particularly in periods near elections," the cautionary note read.

The aviation operations along the Kenya-Somali border have also been flagged to be of high risk. A section of institutions was earmarked as areas where citizens are held hostage.

To protect themselves, Americans were advised to monitor local media for breaking events and be prepared to adjust your plans and not to physically resist any robbery attempt.

Furthermore, they should always carry a copy of their U.S. passport and visa (if applicable). Keep original documents in a secure location.

The US Embassy in Nairobi Kenya.
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