UK lifts travel advisory to Kenya

The Kenya government and the tourism sector has welcomed  the decision by British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) to lift the travel advisory against non-essential travel to Mombasa,
Kilifi and Wutamu.

Kenya’s Cabinet Secretary of East African Affairs Commerce and Tourism Cabinet Secretary, Mrs Phyllis Kandie says the move by is a  major boost to Kenya’s tourism industry and appealed to other countries to follow the UKs lead.

“This is a huge endorsement to our country’s tourism industry and we look forward to working together with our other international partners and local stakeholders to ensure the rapid recovery of the country’s tourism sector”, she said.

Kenya Tourism Board (KTB) Managing Director Muriithi Ndegwa,noted  that while our operators have continued to send their guests to the southern areas of the coast including Diani, Wasini and Msambweni we look forward to welcoming guests back to Mombasa and the beautiful coastline of Watamu and Kilifi.’

Whilst the south coast has always remained open for business tourists will now be able to once again enjoy the majority of the Kenya coast, with the only exclusion now being Malindi and areas further north, including Lamu County.

Kenya’s coastline offers 500km of tranquil Indian Ocean beaches and the following areas are all open for tourists to enjoy:

  • Watamu
  • Kilifi
  • Mtwapa
  • Shanzu
  • Bamburi
  • Mombasa (including Mombasa Island)
  • Nyali
  • Likoni
  • Shelly
  • Tiwi
  • Diani Beach
  • Galu Beach
  • Kinondo
  • Msambweni
  • Funzi Island
  • Shimoni
  • Wasini Island

 

The following airports all offer access points onto the Kenya coast:

  • Malindi Airport
  • Moi International Airport (Mombasa)
  • Ukunda / Diani Airport

Kenya received 117,201 visitors from the UK market in 2014 and has always been a leading destination for safaris in British consumers’ minds. With the re-opening of the area of the Kenya coast north of Mombasa, British consumers will once again be offered a wider beach offering, either combined with a safari in one of Kenya’s 59 national parks or as a stand-alone holiday.