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British Foreign Office Kenya Update

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Written by editor

This advice has been reviewed and reissued with amendments to the Summary
and LOCAL TRAVEL section (continuing serious unrest). We now advise against
all but essential travel to Kisumu, Kakamega, Kericho, Eldoret and Kisauni
district in Mombasa. We also advise against all but essential travel to the
city centre, Uhuru Park, Kibera, Mathare and the Eastleigh areas of Nairobi.

SUMMARY

This advice has been reviewed and reissued with amendments to the Summary
and LOCAL TRAVEL section (continuing serious unrest). We now advise against
all but essential travel to Kisumu, Kakamega, Kericho, Eldoret and Kisauni
district in Mombasa. We also advise against all but essential travel to the
city centre, Uhuru Park, Kibera, Mathare and the Eastleigh areas of Nairobi.

SUMMARY

British High Commission officials continue to monitor the situation and
travel advice will be updated at regular intervals.

We advise against all but essential travel to Kisumu, Kakamega, Kericho,
Eldoret, the Kisauni district in Mombasa, and Likoni and Tiwi areas south of
Mombasa. We also advise against all but essential travel to the city centre,
Uhuru Park, Kibera, Mathare, and Eastleigh areas of Nairobi. The situation
in Eldoret is deteriorating rapidly with reports of militia activity.

General shortages of food and fuel supplies are being reported in many
parts of the country as supermarkets and petrol stations remain closed.
Kenya Airways (KQ) flights between Kisumu and Nairobi have been suspended
although other airlines continue to operate services on this route.

We recommend that you stay indoors. If you need to travel you should exercise
extreme caution and seek advice locally.

There continues to be serious unrest in parts of Kenya, particularly in
urban centres, following the announcement of the presidential election
results. There are reports of sporadic violent clashes between Eldoret and
Nakuru. Up to 200 Kenyan nationals are reported to have been killed in the
disturbances. Naional security forces have been deployed across the country
to the main trouble spots. A 6pm to 6am curfew has been imposed in Kisumu
town. The situation is fluid and we are updating our travel advice regularly.

There is a high threat from terrorism in Kenya. Attacks could be
indiscriminate, including in places frequented by expatriates and foreign
travellers. Previous attacks have included a bomb attack on a hotel, which
resulted in significant loss of life, and an unsuccessful attempt to bring
down a civilian airliner in Mombasa. These attacks took place in the month
leading up to the last Parliamentary and Presidential elections in Kenya.

Up to 290,000 British tourists visit Kenya every year (Source: Kenya Tourist
Board). The main types of incident for which British nationals require
consular assistance in Kenya are road accidents and muggings (five and eight
cases respectively in 2006).

We strongly recommend that you obtain comprehensive travel and medical
insurance before travelling. You should check any exclusions, and that your
policy covers you for all the activities you want to undertake. See the General
(Insurance) section of this advice and Travel Insurance for more details.