US Issues Travel Advisory to Kenya

  • The US State Department on Friday warned Americans living in Kenya against travelling in North Eastern and Coastal regions over possible terrorist attacks.

    In an advisory signed on January 13, 2017, the department said: “U.S. citizens should also be aware of potential terrorist threats and the high risk of crime throughout the country.”

    The Counties listed include; Mandera, Wajir, Garissa, Mombasa, Tana River, Lamu, Kilifi and Nairobi. 

    According to the travel advisory, US citizens have been warned to completely avoid the North-Eastern counties. 

    "Avoid travel in the North Eastern Kenyan counties of Mandera, Wajir and Garissa, the coastal counties of Tana River and Lamu in their entirety, all areas north of Malindi in Kilifi County," the statement reads in part. 

    In Mombasa, the US Embassy recommended its citizens to visit Old Town only at daylight hours while in Nairobi, to completely avoid the neighbourhood of Eastleigh.

    "Violent and sometimes fatal crimes, including armed carjackings, muggings, home invasions and burglaries, and kidnappings can occur at any time," the US warned. 

    In last year June, US issued a similar advisory over terror attacks which have since been neutralised by the government.