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“Nanyuki is safe.” UK lifts travel advisory

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A travel advisory that banned UK nationals from travelling to Nanyuki, Meru and Narok has been lifted. The travel ban had previously asked her citizens to be weary as of terrorists.

Despite the ban being lifted, the UK government has asked Citizens traveling through Nairobi and the Coastal areas to take precautionary measures as those areas are still flagged.

The travel advisory that was issued this month, also advised that British citizens should be weary of the Northern frontier.

“Attacks, including terrorist kidnappings, could target Westerners, including British nationals,” the FCO maintains in the latest travel guidance. “Attacks could be indiscriminate in places frequented by foreigners including hotels, bars, restaurants, sports bars and nightclubs.”

Sporting events, supermarkets, shopping centres, commercial buildings, coastal areas including beaches, government buildings, airports, buses and trains are also listed as targets for terrorists.

UK was the fourth largest source market for tourists after the US, Tanzania and Uganda with some 184,002 Britons visiting Kenya in 2018, an equivalent of 9.09 percent of 2,025,206 total guests.

The country’s foreign affairs ministry advises against all but essential travels to areas within 60 kilometres of the Kenya-Somali border, Garissa County and a larger part of the Lamu County, excluding Lamu Island and Manda Island.

In the long-term, this travel advisory is a plus to Laikipia county since tourists and travel agents will choose to reroute their flights to the Isiolo International airport, making Nanyuki and the surrounding areas as a beneficiary of this change.

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