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US Issues Travel Advisory to Kenya over Covid-19, Terrorism

Aug 8th 2020 · 1 min read
US Issues Travel Advisory to Kenya over Covid-19, Terrorism

The US government has issued a travel advisory to Kenya, citing an increased risk of contracting Covid-19.

The Level 3 travel health notice dated August 6th, 2020 was issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), according to a statement published on the Department of State website.

“The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 3 Travel Health Notice for Kenya due to COVID-19.”

“Kenya has lifted stay at home orders, and resumed some transportation options and business operations,” the notice read.

As of Friday, Kenya had reported a total of 25,138 cases of Covid-19, 11,118 recoveries, and 413 fatalities.

Further to this, US nationals are asked to exercise increased caution in Kenya due to crime, terrorism, and kidnapping.

They are warned not to travel to counties near the Kenya-Somalia border and the coast including Mandera, Wajir, Garissa, Lamu, Tana River, and Kilifi. Also in the ‘do not travel’ list is Turkana County due to banditry.

“Terrorist attacks have occurred with little or no warning, targeting Kenyan and foreign government facilities, tourist locations, transportation hubs, hotels, resorts, markets/shopping malls, and places of worship. Terrorist acts have included armed assaults, suicide operations, bomb/grenade attacks, and kidnappings,” the alert states.

The Department has placed Eastleigh and Kibera areas in the ‘reconsider travel’ list over crime and kidnappings.

“Violent crime, such as armed carjacking, mugging, home invasion, and kidnapping, can occur at any time. Street crime can involve multiple armed assailants. Local police often lack the resources and training to respond effectively to serious criminal incidents.”

“Consider carefully whether to use the Likoni ferry in Mombasa due to safety concerns,” the advisory adds.

last updated: 2020-08-08@22:08