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US puts Kenya on red list over COVID-19, crime fears

In Summary

  • US warns citizens against Nairobi’s Eastleigh and Kibera areas.
  • US joins UK in placing Kenya on red list zone.

United States has issued a travel advisory against Kenya highlighting a rise in cases of COVID-19.

In their travel advisory, the US Embassy warned its citizens to avoid crime-prone areas within Kenya-Somalia borders including Mandera, Wajir and Turkana and coastal areas of Lamu, Tana River and parts of Kilifi.

Additionally, US nationals were cautioned against travelling at night in Kenya, particularly in the capital, Nairobi. “Nairobi neighborhoods of Eastleigh and Kibera at all times due to crime and kidnapping,” the statement added.

The Embassy urged visiting US nationals to remain on high alert especially in areas frequently visited by Westerners.

“Terrorist attacks have occurred with little or no warning, targeting Kenyan and foreign government facilities, tourist locations, transportation hubs, hotels, resorts, markets/shopping malls, and places of worship. Terrorist acts have included armed assaults, suicide operations, bomb/grenade attacks, and kidnappings,” the advisory explained.

Kenya retained on UK red list

The travel advisory issued was Level 3, the second-highest on the travel advisory scale. Level one asks for safety and security and safety, Level 2 informs on heightened risks to safety and security. Level 3 asks Citizens to avoid travel and Level 4 discourages travel altogether.

US joins United Kingdom which also placed Kenya on the travel ban Red list, citing fear that COVID-19 delta variant may trigger the fourth wave for the next two months.

A section of the statement shows The US calling into question the local police effectiveness, portraying them as inept.

“Local police often lack the resources and training to respond effectively to serious criminal incidents,” the advisory warns.

This advisory strikes a major blow to the tourism industry still reeling from the COVID-19 pandemic seeing as majority of tourists come from US and UK.

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