FCO changes travel advice for Kenya

By , September 29, 2011 3:01 pm
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In response to another kidnap of a western tourist in Kenya, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office has changed its travel advice for British nationals travelling to Kenya.

The FCO is now advising against all but essential travel to coastal areas of Kenya within 150km of the Somali border, this means that the resort of Lamu is now off limits. They had previously advised against all but essential travel to coastal areas within 60km of the border.

The FCO’s advice now states:
“We advise against all but essential travel to coastal areas within 150km of the Somali border, following two attacks by armed gangs in small boats against beach resorts in the Lamu area on 11 September and 1 October 2011. This advice will be kept under review. Both attacks were on beach-front properties, with two Westerners kidnapped and one murdered. Beach-front accommodation in that area and boats off the coast are vulnerable.”

If you have a holiday booked which involves travel to this area you should contact your tour operator or travel agent for the latest information.

You should be aware that if you decide to travel against FCO advice that you are unlikely to be covered by your travel insurance. Most policies include a clause which means they become void if you are travelling to a destination againts FCO advice.

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