American citizens have been warned against traveling to Kenya amid the rise in Covid-19 cases.
In a travel advisory council dated June 8, the U.S. government also mentioned crime, terrorism, health issues, and kidnapping in many towns in the East African nation and some states in Nairobi.
Those already in Kenya have been urged to keep off from Nairobi’s Eastleigh and Kibera estates due to crime and kidnapping.
“Be especially careful when travelling after dark anywhere in Kenya due to crime. Violent crimes, such as armed carjacking, mugging, home invasion, and kidnapping, can occur at any time.
“Local police are willing but often lack the capability to respond effectively to serious criminal incidents and terrorist attacks. Emergency medical and fire service is also limited,” read part of the notice.
According to the U.S. Department of State, terrorists target Kenyan and foreign government facilities, tourist locations, transportation hubs, hotels, resorts, markets/shopping malls, and places of worship.
The Department told its citizens to do the following when they opt to visit Kenya: the U.S. Embassy’s web page and CDC webpage regarding Covid-19, stay alert in locations frequented by Westerners, review the traveler’s checklist, the Crime and Safety Report for Kenya, and follow the Department of State on Facebook and Twitter.
Other guidelines include monitoring local media for breaking events and be prepared to adjust your plans, making contingency plans to leave the country in the event of an emergency, and enrolling in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security messages and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.