The United States Of America has warned its citizens over travel to some parts of Kenya citing terrorism and violence as the reason why those areas should be avoided.
This warning was issued on Thursday, August 6, as a travel alert that also entailed a warning to American residents urging them to take precautions when traveling to Kenya due to the COVID-19 surge.
“Reconsider travel to Kenya due to Covid-19. Exercise caution in Kenya due to crime, terrorism, health issues, and kidnapping. Some areas have increased risk,” said the US Department of State in the Level Three alert for reconsideration of travel issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Some of the blacklisted areas according to the statement include; the Kenya-Somalia border, unnamed coastal towns which should be avoided over terrorism claims even though there has not been any recent record of a terror attack in the regions.
The US also cautioned its citizens against traveling to other areas like Turkana County, Nairobi’s Eastleigh, and Kibera which they termed as risky and prone to crime and kidnapping.
“Violent crime, 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,” said the US government.
The health and travel alert also expressed great concern over the fact that terrorist attacks have occurred in Kenya with little or no warning targeting Kenyan and foreign government facilities, tourist locations, transportation hubs, hotels, resorts, markets, shopping malls, and places of worship.
This warning comes days after the head of state said the country was ready to receive domestic and foreign visitors affirming that the country is safe despite the COVID-19 numbers.
This ease of the COVID-19 restrictions also saw the resumption of international flights as the tourism sector aims at recovering the loss due to the effects of the pandemic.
This travel alert against Kenya especially over COVID-19 reasons has raised brows considering that the North American country is the world’s hardest hit by the virus.
With the most recent update, the US has recorded over 5 Million coronavirus cases and over 162000 deaths while Kenya has only recorded 26436 cases and 420 deaths.