UK softens Kenya advisory

The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office has revised its travel advisory and now only advises against all but essential travel to certain parts of Kenya, namely the Western and Nyanza provinces, Rift Valley province between Narok and Kitale, the central business district, Kibera, Mathare and Eastleigh areas of Nairobi, Uhuru Park and Mombasa Town.
The FCO advises travellers to avoid all public gatherings and large public meetings and says those in the abovementioned areas should remain indoors.

Jake Grieves-Cook, Kenya Tourism Federation spokesperson, said all tourist resorts and wildlife parks were unaffected by the recent protests and continued to operate as normal. He said the city centre of Nairobi and the highways between airports and international hotels were all reported to be open and traffic was reported to be flowing as normal.

Grieves-Cook said the decline in occupancies at all tourist facilities threatened the future of the country’s tourism industry, but that the removal of the non-essential travel warning by the British government was a “step in the right direction and will mean that tourist arrivals should now start returning to normal”.