FCO UPDATE:Since the major attack on the Westgate shopping centre on 21 September, forensic operations are ongoing and armed security forces remain on the scene. Avoid the cordoned area around the shopping centre.
There is a high threat from terrorism, including kidnapping. Attacks have previously occurred in Nairobi (especially the area of Eastleigh), Coast Province including Mombasa, and North Eastern Province. Further attacks are likely. Localised violence occurs but is not usually directed towards foreigners.
The larger cities are often subject to violent crime including mugging, armed robbery and carjacking.
The FCO advises against all but essential travel to areas within 37 miles of the Kenya-Somali border; to Kiwayu and coastal areas north of Pate Island; to Garissa District; to the Eastleigh area of Nairobi; and to low income areas of Nairobi, including all township or slum areas.
Avoid large public demonstrations and crowded areas.
>Aggression and crime: generally speaking, tourists are more often the target of theft than aggression. Where possibile, keep valuables in hotels safes. Avoid deserted neighbourhoods, beaches, and dark streets at night, especially in Nairobi (and particularly in the Eastleigh district), Kisumu and Mombasa.
Beware of individuals feigning to be students, police officers, hotel employees or government representative - some might be swindlers (ask for their ID or business card).
For the latest developments, see the FCO Travel Advice section for Kenya.
The Kenyan Foreign Office has updated the requirements for children's visas. All visas for children under the age of 16 will be free from February 2016.
The Kenyan currency is the Kenyan Shilling (KES). The exchange rate varies depending on the location, but £1 Sterling = approximately 116 KES.
You can exchange currency in most banks (which are generally open from Monday to Friday, from 9:00am to 2:00pm) and there are also ATM machines which accept international cards (MasterCard, Visa, etc) in Mombasa and Nairobi.
No particular vaccine is required. However, it is strongly recommended that you are vaccinated against yelllow fever, hepatitis A and B, and meningitis.
An anti-malaria treatment is also highly recommended.
Always drink mineral water or at least water that has been boiled. Avoid eating raw vegetables, or unwashed fruit & veg and do not put ice cubes in your drinks. Avoid swimming in the local lakes or rivers.
Don't be complacent about the threat of AIDS and be aware that 1 in 7 Kenyans is HIV-positive. Condoms are widely available in pharmacies and supermarkets.
Flying doctors: 254 (2) 50 13 01/50 05 08.
Nairobi Hospital: 254 (2) 72 21 60.
Tourism is booming in Kenya and it is always been a popular destination with British tourists. The Italians and Germans are also present. The country welcomed 953,000 tourists in 2009.
Kenyan High Commission
45 Portland Place, Lonon W1B 1AS.
Telephone: (020) 7636 2371.
Kenya Tourist Board
c/o Hills Balfour Synergy, Colechurch House, 1 London Bridge Walk
London SE1 2SX
(020) 7367 0931
British High Commission
Upper Hill Road
PO Box 30465