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Risk Ratings  

    HIGH TRAVEL RISK for The Somali-border counties of Wajir, Mandera, Garissa and Lamu; Nairobi; the northern counties of Turkana, West Pokot, Samburu, Marsabit and Isiolo

Risk Summary

The greatest risks to travellers in Kenya are from road safety, crime and terrorism. Violent and petty crime poses the most significant security risk to travellers in urban centres, especially the capital Nairobi, where local police protection is inadequate. The risk of unrest tends to be heightened during national political events, including elections and referendums. Potential security threats stem from spontaneous or orchestrated protests and rioting, heavy-handed security crackdowns, vigilante roadblocks and a possible increase in opportunistic crime on the back of political unrest. While business travellers are unlikely to be deliberately targeted, they risk incidental exposure to violence.

Political developments relating to the status of Islam in Kenyan society have the potential to trigger communal unrest. Al-Shabab, the Somalia-based Islamist terrorist group which is suspected to have a large number of supporters in the east of the country and the largely ethnic-Somali areas of Nairobi and Mombasa (Mombasa county), has threatened attacks against Kenya. In January 2019, al-Shabab claimed an attack on the 14 Riverside Drive Complex in Nairobi, targeting the DusitD2 Hotel; at least 21 people were killed and more than 30 others injured. In September 2013, the group claimed responsibility for a high-profile raid on the Westgate shopping centre in Nairobi. Up until the Westgate incident, militant attacks in the country had been low-impact andpredominantly occurred in towns of counties bordering Somalia or in the lower-income areas of Mombasa and Nairobi. However, in spite of the close co-operation with international anti-terrorism efforts, there are concerns about the capacity of the security forces to deal with the terrorist threat, and there remains a credible potential for another high-profile attack.

This information is intended as a summary of the travel security environment; however, the risks can change at short notice during a crisis or evolving situation. Please check our travel security alerts to ensure you are informed of the most recent developments.


Vaccinations For Kenya
CholeraOral vaccination is recommended for travellers
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Hepatitis ARecommended for all travellers and expatriates,
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Hepatitis BRecommended for all travellers and expatriates.
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Meningitis - meningococcalVaccination with the quadrivalent vaccine
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PolioA booster is recommended. Although polio has not
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RabiesConsider for certain travellers, especially: For
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Typhoid feverRecommended for adventurous and long-term
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Yellow feverKenya is a country with a risk of yellow fever
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Routine Vaccinations

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