Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) has lowered the level of perceived risk for Kenya in its latest travel advisory for the East African country.
“Due to an improved security environment, we have lowered the level of our advice for Nairobi from ‘reconsider your need to travel’ to ‘exercise a high degree of caution’,” DFAT advises .
“We continue to advise Australians to exercise a high degree of caution in Kenya overall. Higher levels apply in some parts of the country.”
“Kenyan authorities have upgraded security measures across Kenya,” DFAT notes.
“These include enhanced security checks at all Kenyan airports. Local authorities have advised travellers to arrive one hour ahead of the normal time (i.e. at least three hours before scheduled flight times) to complete security formalities.”
Kenya Airways pointed out yesterday that its African and Asian gateways, Bangkok, Guangzhou and Hong Kong, provide daily flights to Nairobi and beyond Africa, welcoming travellers to experience Kenyan plain and great animal migration. Kenya Airways will fly to Cape Town, South Africa from 1 July 2016.
Kenya Airways is represented in Australia by Global Aviation Services.
DFAT says that Kenya has updated its e-visa system and now has a dedicated e-visa portal for tourists and visitors.
“Australian travellers will still be able to obtain a visa on arrival during the initial stages of implementation of the e-visa system.”
While Kenya overall is now rated ‘exercise a high degree of caution’ on the DFAT scale, other parts of the country are considered a greater risk. Australians are advised to reconsider their need to travel the A2 highway from Isiolo to Moyale, or to coastal areas from Lamu county to Mombasa and outskirts.
They are warned that border regions with Somalia, South Sudan and Ethiopia are too dangerous to visit.
DFAT also notes: “Violent crime against Westerners, including armed carjacking and home invasion, occurs frequently in and around Nairobi. There have been a number of home invasions in Nairobi targeting the foreign community that have resulted in the deaths of householders, including several Australian citizens.”
Written by Peter Needham