British Government removes travel advice against travelling to Lamu Island and Manda Island

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An aerial view of Lamu Island by Cessna 206. Used under the Creative Commons Licence.

In a boost to tourism in Kenya, the UK Government’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office have removed the advice against travel to Lamu Island and Manda Island.

The travel advisory against travelling to the Island’s has been in place for some time and has been devastating for overseas tourism in the area.

However, the government travel advice against visiting Lamu itself is still in place and the British government says that if you are journeying to Lamu Island or Manda Island, you should do so by air to Manda airport and not by road.

FCO 285 - Kenya Travel Advice Edition 19 [WEB]

Following the news, Deputy UK High Commissioner to Kenya, John Murton, Tweeted: “Great to see UK travel advice to Lamu island lifted. Looking forward to visiting again!”

There are still some travel advisories in place for various areas in Kenya with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) still recommending against all but essential travel to:

  • areas within 60km of the Kenya-Somali border
  • Garissa County
  • the Eastleigh area of Nairobi
  • Lamu County (excluding Lamu Island and Manda Island)
  • areas of Tana River County north of the Tana river itself
  • within 15km of the coast from the Tana river down to the Galana (Athi-Galana-Sabaki) river

For the full Kenya travel advisory details, please visit the government’s website.

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