Travel Warnings or Not!

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Aug 4th, 2005, 02:30 PM
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Travel Warnings or Not!

If anyone asks:
From current Independent Traveler Newsletter -

"Kenya has experienced a surge of tourist interest; safaris there can be sold out months in advance. Terror attacks in 1998 and 2002 may have actually made the country more safe, at least on a day-to-day basis, as Kenyan officials have stepped up security efforts.

While the US State Dept. maintains a warning for Kenya, Britain and Australia have none, and Canadian officials only warn against specified regions."
 
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Aug 5th, 2005, 01:15 PM
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Interesting report because if you check their websites, you will see that Australia and Britain have practically identical cautionary advisories for their citizens as does the U.S.. Here is a sample from the UK's Foreign and Commonwealth Travel Advice updated oon August 2, 2005. (www.fco.gov.uk) by country on Kenya:
"Kenya shares with neighbouring countries a high threat from terrorism. Previous attacks have been against civilian or visibly Western targets where foreigners have been present, as demonstrated by the bomb attacks on a hotel and an unsuccessful attempt to bring down a civilian airliner in Mombasa in November 2002.


Demonstrations occurred in central Nairobi on 19, 20 and 21 July, against the ongoing constitutional review. Further demonstrations may take place in Nairobi and other urban areas in the run up to the planned Referendum in November.


On 12 July 2005, a group of up to 500 armed bandits surrounded a school in Turbi, on the A2 Moyale-Marsabit Road, and massacred some 50 people, including over 20 children. Assault rifles and hand-grenades were used in the attack, for which no motive has yet been established. The Kenyan authorities have blamed Ethiopian cross-border raiders.


Recently there have been skirmishes and inter-clan fighting in the North Eastern Province, along the Somalia border. People have been killed. Travel in the north east should only be undertaken with care and after consulting the Police.


There have been a number of violent attacks and murders of non-indigenous residents in 2004. Muggings and armed attacks are also prevalent, particularly in Nairobi and Mombasa.


We strongly recommend that you obtain comprehensive travel and medical insurance before travelling. "

Hence--it is a myth to suggest only the U.S. is concerned about its citizen's safety in Kenya. After the U.S. reissued its warning on July 1, 2005, I checked both the Australia and British foreign office websites since before we left for safari on July 7. they mirrored the warnings given by the U.S.. I speculate that the U.S. reissued its warning on the heels of a Kenyan's judge's acquittal in June 2005 of suspects charged in the Mombasa bombing. We were in Nairobi during the demonstrations in July mentioned on the UK site and it was not pretty. We were confined to our hotel as the concierge at the Intercontinental strongly recommended Americans to stay put and that a taxi could not assure safety in travel. A woman in another group was pistol whipped while we were there when her taxi was jacked Nairobbery-style. It is not Disneyworld folks. Nairobi is not a great travel destination but Kenya is and I would say to still go as I did but be vigilant about your safety choices while you are there and keep up to date on the information your individual governments provide you because you.
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Aug 5th, 2005, 01:53 PM
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See also Australia's advice for its citizens to "exercise extreme caution" in Kenya--- among other things----http://www.smartraveller.gov.au/zw-cgi/view/Advice/Kenya

I have not checked Canada'a travel advice on Kenya but if someone does--please post it. Thanks.
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