British Government lifts travel advisory for Nairobi suburb of Eastleigh

Garissa Market in Eastleigh
Garissa Market, Eastleigh in Nairobi. Photo: Dan Kori / korispective.de

The U.K. Government have revised their travel advisory for Eastleigh and no longer warns against all but essential travel to the Nairobi suburb.

Eastleigh is located east of Nairobi’s central business district an is sometimes referred to as “Little Mogadishu” due to the number of Somali immigrants who live there.

The new advice in full reads:

Latest update: Summary & Terrorism sections – the FCO no longer advise against all but essential travel to the Eastleigh areas of Nairobi; updated information and advice about the threat from terrorism following a review of the way in which the UK government describes the threat from terrorism in travel advice for all countries and territories; there is no change in the UK government’s assessment of the level of threat from terrorism in Kenya.

This is the latest travel advisory to be lifted in Kenya, and will be welcomed as it reflects the improving security situation for tourists and visitors to the country.

Last month, the British government’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) lifted the travel advisory for Lamu Island and Manda Island, a move which was welcomed by the Kenya Tourism Board (KTB).

In addition, the UK Government have also made changes to the language and format of UK travel advice around the world, including, but not limited to, travel advice for Kenya.

Following public consultation in the UK, Government is amending the language used to describe the terrorist threat in countries and territories, to make it clearer, consistent and more specific. These changes are simply to format and language, and does not reflect any change in the UK government’s assessment of the level of threat from terrorism in Kenya.

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