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UK lifts travel ban on Mombasa and Kilifi

Tourists enjoy the sun and sands at the Voyager Beach Resort, Mombasa.

Tourists enjoy the sun and sands at the Voyager Beach Resort, Mombasa.

NAIROBI, Kenya, Jun 18 – The United Kingdom has now lifted a travel advisory barring its citizen from non-essential travel to Mombasa, Kilifi all the way to Watamu.

A statement from the UK High Commission on Thursday however said British nationals are restricted from travelling to Garissa, Eastleigh, Lamu and Tana River due to security concerns.

British nationals are also restricted from travelling to any part of the country that is 60 kilometers from the Somalia border which remains highly risky due to military operations in Somalia where they are pursuing Al Shabaab militants.

The advisory was listed barely a week after 15 Al Shabaab militants, including a Briton were killed during an attempted raid at a military base in Lamu.

“The vast majority of Kenya falls outside of our advice against all but essential travel,” it reads.

The area includes Kenya’s safari destinations in the national parks, reserves and wildlife conservancies; including the Aberdare National Park, Amboseli, Laikipia, Lake Nakuru, Masai Mara, Meru, Mount Kenya, Samburu, Shimba Hills, Tsavo, as well as the beach resorts of Mombasa, Kilifi, Watamu and Diani.

The change follows a review of the level of risk to British Nationals travelling in this part of Kenya.

There has been consistent pressure on the UK Government from various stakeholders in the tourism industry to review their travel advisories.

The tourism industry in Kenya mostly in the coastal region has suffered heavily and the new move is expected to improve the situation.

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