Nairobi (HAN) May 14, 2014 – British Foreign Office Press Release Supporting British nationals overseas, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advises against all but essential travel to Mombasa Island and the surrounding area.
The FCO has changed its travel advice to Kenya to advise against all but essential travel to Mombasa Island and the surrounding area following recent terrorist attacks and the continuing terrorist threat in the area.
“The FCO advise against all but essential travel to Mombasa island and within 5km of the coast from Mtwapa creek in the north to Tiwi in the south. This area does not include Diani or Moi international airport.”
The Office said if United Kingdom nationals were currently in an area to which it now advised against all but essential travel they should consider whether they have an essential reason to remain.
“If not, you should leave the area. You can still access the Moi International Airport but we advise against travelling through Mombasa Island.”
In United States as well: The Department of State remains concerned about the continued threat of terrorist attacks, demonstrations, and other violent actions against U.S. citizens and interests overseas. Kidnappings and hostage events involving U.S. citizens have become increasingly prevalent as Al-Shabaab of Somalia, Jihadis in Kenya and their affiliates, such as Nigeria have increased attempts to finance their operations through kidnapping for ransom operations.
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office advise against all British citizens in Kenya, also essentially travel to
- areas within 60km of the Kenya-Somali border
- Kiwayu and coastal areas north of Pate Island
- Garissa District
- the Eastleigh area of Nairobi
- low income areas of Nairobi, including all township or slum areas
- Mombasa island and within 5km of the coast from Mtwapa creek in the north down to and including Tiwi in the south (this area does not include Diani or Moi international airport)
The British FCO Travel Advice to Kenya reads:
The FCO advise against all but essential travel to Mombasa island and within 5km of the coast from Mtwapa creek in the north to Tiwi in the south. This area does not include Diani or Moi international airport.
If you are currently in an area to which we now advise against all but essential travel you should consider whether you have an essential reason to remain. If not, you should leave the area. You can still access the Moi International Airport but we advise against travelling through Mombasa Island.
Full travel advice to Kenya can be found on the FCO website.
FCO travel advice is kept under constant review, and is based on objective assessments of the risk to British nationals. We advise all travellers and British nationals resident in Kenya to monitor our travel advice regularly.
To counter the shared threat of terrorism, the UK is committed to working with the Kenyan authorities to strengthen their capacity to investigate, prosecute and detain terrorists; in line with international human rights standards.
Further information Follow the Foreign Office travel advice
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