Canada Issues Travel Advisory For Kenya, Highlighting Safety Concerns

The Canadian government has issued a travel advisory for Kenya, urging its citizens to exercise increased caution when visiting the country during the upcoming festive season. The advisory outlines several safety concerns, including:

  • Increased power outages: The advisory warns of national power blackouts that could impact essential services like JKIA (Jomo Kenyatta International Airport) and SGR (Standard Gauge Railway).
  • Crime: Specific areas within Nairobi, including Eastleigh, Kibera, Mathare, and Pangani, are highlighted as high-crime areas to be avoided. Likewise, travel to counties bordering Somalia, like Mandera, Wajir, Garissa, and Lamu, is discouraged due to concerns about crime and potential kidnapping.
  • Terrorism: The advisory reminds Canadians of the ongoing threat of terrorism in Kenya, particularly during religious holidays, sporting events, and public celebrations.
  • Personal safety: Travellers are advised to safeguard their travel documents and exercise caution in crowded areas or entertainment venues to avoid potential risks like drugging.

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