Safety and security
Outbreaks of violence between tribal groups can also occur from time-to-time particularly in Western and North Western Kenya. Irish citizens are advised to exercise caution and to monitor the Embassy travel advice.
There is a high risk of terrorist incidents within Kenya. A Somali terrorist group, Al-Shabaab, has carried out a large number of terrorist attacks in Kenya in recent years which have targeted military, police and civilians and resulted in major loss of life. Most terrorist activity has centred on the North Eastern part of Kenya and the coastal area, but major attacks have taken place in Nairobi in the past and there is a risk of terrorist attacks throughout Kenya. Irish citizens are advised to remain vigilant in public places and on public transport, and to follow the advice of the local authorities.
Street crime is common in major urban centres in Kenya and perpetrators are often armed. Irish citizens should keep valuables out of sight in vehicles and while on foot, and avoid carrying large amounts of cash. Most hotels have in-room safes which can be used to store valuables. You should be aware of your surroundings at all times while on foot or in a vehicle, but especially after dark. If you are a victim of a crime then we advise that you cooperate with all demands to avoid the risk of injury and report the matter to the nearest police station.
Following recent heavy rains many roads have been washed away and destroyed. Worst affected areas are along the Rift Valley, the Coastal area and Nairobi city and county.
Road conditions and driving practices in Kenya can be hazardous, even in major urban centres. We strongly advise against undertaking long overland journeys, especially at night. If using a hire car or vehicle, you should ensure the roadworthiness of the vehicle and the reliability of the driver, before departure.
An international driving licence is required for overseas visitors.
Most public transport in Kenya is operated by private licenced operators. Vehicles can be in poor condition and accidents are common, which can result in serious injuries fatalities.
Pick-pocketing and theft on public transport is common. Pay close attention to belongings at bus stations and on vehicles.
Avoid non-essential travel within 75km of the Kenya-Somalia border due to the very high risk of terrorist activity in the region.
There is a risk of inter-tribal tensions at the northern borders of Kenya.
Mon, 14 May 2018 15:30:10 BST