Travelling around the world can be a dangerous adventure. It is this thrill of danger that excites people and instils wonder in their imaginations. That being said, most travellers do not willing want to put themselves in harm’s way. This is why millions of tourists listen to the warnings that the Foreign Office releases. Recently a brand new travel warning has been released for Kenya, forcing British travel agencies like Thomson to evacuate hundreds of tourists immediately.
Due to the threat of terrorists in Kenya, the Foreign Office has advised against all but essential travel to this area of the world. After the warning was issued, holiday operator Thomson made a statement saying that it will fly back all of its customers who are in the country.
At the time of this posting, Thomson had close to 400 holidaymakers in Kenya. This included tourists who were visiting Mombasa to partake in the company’s popular safari travel package. Until the government removes this travel warning, Thomson said that it will cancel all of its flights to Mombasa. These flights will more than likely not start up again until the end of October.
The Foreign Office is not just telling tour operators to cancel flights and to get their customers out of Kenya. The Foreign Office is calling for all but nonessential travel to Kenya to be cancelled. This includes travel to Mombasa Island. This is where Mombasa city lies, an extremely popular tourist destination.
Although people might not be exactly in Kenya, the Foreign Office is warning that people will want to avoid surrounding areas as well. However, the Foreign Office noted that this warning does not include some other popular travel destinations like Diani. It also does not include flying into the Moi International Airport.
On the Foreign Office’s official website, the warning regarding Kenya says that there is an extremely high threat regarding terrorism for this area. This includes kidnapping. Reports suggest that this warning is linked to Al-Shabaab, a group that has carried out a number of different attacks on Kenya. These attacks have been in retaliation of Kenya’s military help in Somalia.
The warning says that there have already been a number of small-scale bombings in the North Eastern Province, Mombasa and Nairobi. People in these areas who are unable to get out should take care when visiting public places. This is especially true where there are large amounts of people gathering together. People should also exercise a higher-than-normal level of vigilance.
The last thing that Kenya wants right now is for tourists to stop visiting. That is why the Kenyan government has promised to step up security for its tourists. This pledge came right after a number of terrorist-related incidents involved tourists in the area. However, the government does not believe that these terrorist attacks are directly targeting tourists.