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Last verified: Tuesday, 12. November 2019 at 07:23 AM

Kenya Travel Advisory

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Warning Level Icon We advise caution when travelling to Kenya

Local Situation: 2.7 / 5

We advise caution when travelling to Kenya. We detected travel advisories from 7 sources for this specific country.

Regional Situation: 3.3 / 5

Kenya shares a land border with 5 neighbouring states. For this region of countries (including Kenya), the Advisory Index is 3.3 (average value over all countries). All countries have some reported advisories: Somalia (5), Sudan (4.1), Uganda (2.7), Ethiopia with 2.6 and Tanzania with 2.5 (of 5).

Advice scoring history for Kenya

Chart of the risk level over that last 200 days. This is the daily calculated travel risk for Kenya.

Chart of the number of sources over that last 200 days. This is the daily number of advisory sources (of any rating) that have been active on that day.

Note: Changes happening on the 28th/29th of July 2019 are related to a change in the software and number of sources processed.

Rating Details (single travel warnings)

These are the individual advisories published by other countries about the destination Kenya from a travellers perspective. The scoring of all messages combined is the foundation for the current rating 2.7 out of 5.0.

Warning Level Icon Danger level: 2 - Travel is usually safe.

This is the general advisory usually covering the country as a whole.

Advisory issued by: Canada

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The Canadian goverment suggests: Exercise a high degree of caution (with regional advisories)

Source: https://travel.gc.ca/destinations/kenya

Warning Level Icon Danger level: 2 - Travel is usually safe.

This is the general advisory usually covering the country as a whole.

Advisory issued by: New Zealand

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Exercise increased caution elsewhere in Kenya due to the threat of terrorism and violent crime.

Source: https://www.safetravel.govt.nz/kenya

Danger level: 4 - Reconsider travelling.

This is a regional information covering specific areas of Kenya.

Issued by: New Zealand government

Info: Avoid non-essential travel along the A2 Highway north of Turbi and the Moyale border crossing due to sporadic civil unrest. Avoid non-essential travel to Lamu county, coastal areas of Tana River and Kilifi counties north of Malindi due to the threat from terrorism and violent crime. Avoid non-essential travel to the Eastleigh neighbourhood of Nairobi due to the threat from terrorism and violent crime.

Danger level: 5 - Do not travel.

This is a regional information covering specific areas of Kenya.

Issued by: New Zealand government

Info: Do not travel to areas bordering Somalia due to the significant threat of terrorism, kidnapping and cross-border attacks. This includes Garissa county, Mandera county and with Somalia, including Kiwayu and coastal areas north of Pate Island.  Do not travel to the border areas with Ethiopia and South Sudan, with the exception of the A2 Highway and Moyale border crossing. Cross-border kidnapping and armed banditry make these border areas extremely unsafe.

Warning Level Icon Danger level: 3 - Travel with high caution.

This is the general advisory usually covering the country as a whole.

Advisory issued by: Austria

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The Austrian Government advises again travelling Kenia.

Source: https://www.bmeia.gv.at//reise-aufenthalt/reiseinformation/land/kenia/

Warning Level Icon Danger level: 3 - Travel with high caution.

This is the general advisory usually covering the country as a whole.

Advisory issued by: Cyprus

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Avoid non-essential travel to certain areas

Source: http://www.mfa.gov.cy/mfa/mfa2016.nsf/travel_en.html

Warning Level Icon Danger level: 3 - Travel with high caution.

This is the general advisory usually covering the country as a whole.

Advisory issued by: Ireland

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Warning Level Icon Danger level: 3 - Travel with high caution.

This is the general advisory usually covering the country as a whole.

Advisory issued by: Finland

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Iaktta särskild försiktighet - Undvik att resa i närheten av gränsen mot Somalia i nordöstra Kenya och till kusten i norr. Begränsningen gäller inte flygresor till öarna Lamu och Manda. Till Nairobis slum kan man inte bege sig utan särskilda säkerhetsåtgärder eller med en pålitlig researrangör. Risk för terrorism förekommer i hela Kenya. Var vaksam och följ med nyheterna.

Source: https://um.fi/resemeddelande/-/c/KE

Warning Level Icon Danger level: 3 - Travel with high caution.

This is the general advisory usually covering the country as a whole.

Advisory issued by: Denmark

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Når du rejser til Kenya, bør du til enhver tid være opmærksom på din personlige sikkerhed og udvise stor forsigtighed pga. en høj risiko for kriminalitet og terror. De fleste danskere har dog ingen problemer under besøg i landet. Du bør være særlig forsigtig, hvis du rejser til følgende områder pga. risikoen for kriminalitet: Coast Province (den sydlige ...

Source: http://um.dk/da/rejse-og-ophold/rejse-til-udlandet/rejsevejledninger/kenya/

Danger level: 4 - Reconsider travelling.

This is a regional information covering specific areas of Kenya.

Issued by: Danish government

Coverage: Kysten inden for 150 km fra grænsen til Somalia (undtagen rejse med fly til Lamu- og Manda-øerne) og den øvrige del af North Eastern Province, undtagen stederne i den røde bjælke nedenfor.

Info: Risiciene er så alvorlige, at du bør have særlige grunde til at besøge området/landet. Vigtige forretningsrejser og presserende familiebegivenheder kan få rejsende til at vurdere, at et besøg er nødvendigt.

Danger level: 5 - Do not travel.

This is a regional information covering specific areas of Kenya.

Issued by: Danish government

Coverage: Grænseområdet mod Somalia og kysten nord for øen Lamu til grænsen mod Somalia.

Info: Meget høj sikkerhedsrisiko. Hvis du vælger at rejse, bør du søge professionel rådgivning.

Individual rating changes for Kenya

This is the recent history of individual changes of travel advices that affected the total asessment of Kenya. Most recent events first.

Changes from September 25th 2019

The total rating for Kenya changed from 0.0 to 0.0. Here are the influencing details:

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The Austrian government issued a new warning for Kenya with a rating of 3.0.

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The Canadian government issued a new warning for Kenya with a rating of 2.0.

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The New Zealand government issued a new warning for Kenya with a rating of 2.0.

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The Cypriot government issued a new warning for Kenya with a rating of 3.0.

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The Irish government issued a new warning for Kenya with a rating of 3.0.

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The Finnish government issued a new warning for Kenya with a rating of 3.0.

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The Danish government issued a new warning for Kenya with a rating of 3.0.

About Kenya

Kenya with its capital Nairobi is a country in Africa (Eastern Africa), slightly more than twice the size of Nevada (582,650 km²). The country is located Eastern Africa, bordering the Indian Ocean, between Somalia and Tanzania. The climate can be described as varies from tropical along coast to arid in interior. The landscape is low plains rise to central highlands bisected by Great Rift Valley; fertile plateau in west. With a population of about 37.95 million citizens.

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Basic Statistics and Facts

Topic Value
Capital Nairobi
Population about 37.95 million
Size 582.650 km²
Size comparable to slightly more than twice the size of Nevada
Common languages English, Swahili
Currency Shilling (short: KES)
Common voltage (electricity) 240V - 50Hz
Used GSM Frequencies 900
International phone prefix +254
Internet Top Level Domain .ke
Countrycode: ISO Alpha 2 KE
Countrycode: ISO Alpha 3 KEN
Countrycode: ISO Numeric 404

Environmental problems and natural hazzards

These are problems Kenya is facing. Environmental issues refer to damages of the nature due to industry and society. Natural hazzards refer to potential dangers originating in nature.

Environmental problems

  • deforestation
  • degradation of water quality from increased use of pesticides and fertilizers
  • desertification
  • poaching
  • soil erosion
  • water hyacinth infestation in Lake Victoria
  • water pollution from urban and industrial wastes

Natural hazzards

  • flooding during rainy seasons
  • limited volcanic activity; the Barrier (1,032 m) last erupted in 1921; South Island is the only other historically active volcano
  • recurring drought

Top Industries and Agricultural Products

These are the main product industries and agricultural products of Kenya. This list indicates what this country is good at producing.

Industries

  1. agricultural products
  2. aluminum
  3. batteries
  4. cement
  5. cigarettes
  6. clothing
  7. commercial ship repair
  8. flour
  9. furniture
  10. horticulture

Agriculture products

  1. beef
  2. coffee
  3. corn
  4. dairy products
  5. eggs
  6. fish
  7. fruit
  8. pork
  9. poultry
  10. sugarcane

Kenyan Imports and Exports

These are the main product categories of imports and exports to and from Kenya.

Export products

  1. cement
  2. coffee
  3. fish
  4. horticultural products
  5. petroleum products
  6. tea

Import products

  1. iron
  2. machinery
  3. motor vehicles
  4. petroleum products
  5. plastics
  6. resins
  7. steel
  8. transportation equipment

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the current travel advisory for Kenya?

Kenya is currently rated at 2,7 out of a possible 5.0. Collected from 7 official sources. We advise caution when travelling to Kenya.

Is it safe to travel Kenya in 2019?

Visiting the country Kenya is usually fine. The score is at 2,7 Just keep an eye open, obey local rules and you'll most likely be fine.

How many travel advisories do you know for Kenya?

We currently evaluate 11 official sources each morning. Today, we know of active advisories from 7 individual sources for Kenya.

What is the size of Kenya?

Kenya has a size of 582,650 km² or 224,962 mi² which is slightly more than twice the size of Nevada.

Common Frequently Asked Questions

For non-country specific questions, please check our global F.A.Q.