Britons issued new Africa travel warning as popular destination may erupt in ‘protests’

Britons issued new Africa travel warning as popular destination may erupt in 'protests'

Britons holidaying in an East African destination have been issued a fresh travel warning as they could find themselves in a potentially unsafe situation.

Holidaymakers flock to Kenya to witness incredible landscapes and fascinating wildlife. Tourists can explore Nairobi National Park, Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, and Giraffe Centre, then relax on beautiful beaches such as Diani Beach or Watamu Beach.

However, Britons have been told that planned protests could occur nationwide.

Giraffes in front of Mount Kenya

Kenya is known for its incredible landscapes and fascinating wildlife


The FCDO recently updated its information on the political situation in Kenya.

The UK Government said: “There have been injuries at anti-government political demonstrations in recent months.

“Planned protests about the proposed Finance Bill 2024 are expected to continue across multiple cities in Kenya, including Nairobi.”

Britons were warned they should “avoid political gatherings and large crowds”.

They were also advised to “monitor local media to see when and where major protests are likely”.

Britons considering a trip to Kenya should consult the FCDO’s guidance on warnings and insurance, entry requirements, safety and security, regional risks, and getting help in an emergency.

Under its Safety and Security guidance, the FCDO provided essential information on terrorism, crime, laws and cultural differences, outdoor activities and adventure tourism – including game reserves and national parks – transport risks, and extreme weather and natural disasters.

While Kenya is a popular tourist destination, Britons were advised against visiting some specific areas.

Areas where FCDO advises against all but essential travel

Kenya-Somalia border and northern parts of the east coast

The FCDO said: “Due to the risk of terrorism from groups based in Somalia, FCDO advises against all but essential travel to:

  • Within 60km of Kenya’s border with Somalia
  • Eastern Garissa County, up to 20km north-west of the A3 road, including the Boni National Reserve
  • Mandera County, excluding Mandera West sub-county
  • Lamu County, excluding Lamu Island and Manda Island
  • Tana River County north of the Tana River, up to 20km north-west of the A3 road
  • Within 15km of the east coast between the Tana River and the Galana (Athi-Galana-Sabaki) River”


Watamu Bay, Kenya

Kenya is home to some stunning beaches


Holidaymakers were told: “No travel can be guaranteed safe. Read all the advice in this guide and any specific travel advice that applies to you: women travellers, disabled travellers, LGBT+ travellers, solo and independent travellers, volunteering and adventure travel.

“If you choose to travel, research your destinations and get appropriate travel insurance. Insurance should cover your itinerary, planned activities and expenses in an emergency.”

Britons were urged to follow and contact FCDO travel on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

Holidaymakers can also sign up to get email notifications when advice is updated.

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