Foreign Office relaxes Kenya travel adviceHolidaymakers told to contact their tour operators

22 January 2008

Elephants by a river

Addo Elephant National Park

Tourists booked to visit Kenya have been advised to contact their tour companies to see whether their holidays will still go ahead.

It comes after the Foreign Office (FO) relaxed its travel advice on visiting the eastern African country.

The FO had advised against all non-essential travel to Kenya after more than 600 people died in post-election violence.

It now only advises against travel to certain areas of the country.

Election unrest

The Foreign Office said: ‘We advise against all but essential travel to the following parts of Kenya; Western and Nyanza provinces, Rift Valley province between Narok and Kitale, the central business district, Kibera, Mathere and Eastleigh areas of Nairobi, Uhuru Park and Mombasa town.'

It added: ‘Some tour operators are cancelling forthcoming holidays to Kenya. You should contact your tour operator for confirmation of this. International flights continue to operate but you should check with your airline before travelling to the airport.’

Tour operators

The Federation of Tour Operators (FTO) had previously suspended all holidays to Kenya.

Now it says that individual tour operators will be making decisions on whether holidays should go ahead and that any queries regarding existing holiday bookings should be directed to travel agents or tour operators.

However, if your tour operator decides to resume trips to Kenya and you do not want to go because of concerns over safety, it is unlikely you would be able to cancel and claim the cost of the trip on your travel insurance.

The Association of British Insurers said that that the majority of travel insurance policies would not cover such an eventuality.