UK Government issues new travel advice for Kenya ahead of elections

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office

The British government have updated their travel information for UK citizens in Kenya.

This latest advisory notice was issued on Wednesday, and in it, the UK government warns its citizens to stay away from public gatherings during the electioneering period.

A statement from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) read:

Presidential, parliamentary, county and local elections are scheduled for 8 August 2017. Political party primaries are scheduled to take place from 13 to 26 April 2017. Rallies and protests may take place during primaries and in the lead up to, during and after elections. In the past some political protests, rallies and demonstrations have turned violent. You should take care in public places where people gather, and exercise a heightened level of vigilance.

While this new advice does not warn British nationals about visiting any particular regions in Kenya, a previous warning against visiting Garissa, Mandera, Wajir, Lamu, and Eastleigh in Nairobi remains in place.

The UK advisory comes less than a week after the United States issued a similar travel alert for its citizen, also related to the upcoming primary and general elections