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Kenya Travel Advice: Heightened Personal Security During The Christmas Holiday Season

The Kenyan authorities have advised heightened personal security during the Christmas holiday season; on 21 December 2015, the Kenyan Ministry of Interior and Co-ordination of National Government issued a public watch notice urging citizens to play a role in counter terrorism and prevention of criminal activities by being vigilant and reporting any suspicious activity, items and people.

117,000 British residents visited Kenya in 2014.

International Private Medical Insurance For Kenya

Take out comprehensive international private medical insurance before you travel to Kenya, to cover the cost of any medical treatment abroad or emergency repatriation and evacuation. Be sure to read the small print of all iPMI policies before you purchase. 

Cholera, malaria and dengue fever occur in Kenya.

You should drink or use only boiled or bottled water and avoid ice in drinks. Don’t eat food prepared by unlicensed vendors.

If you need emergency medical assistance during your trip, dial 999 and ask for an ambulance. You should contact your international medical insurance/medical assistance company promptly if you are referred to a medical facility for treatment.

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  • Indonesia Travel Warning: Explosions And Gunfire Rock Central Jakarta
    14 January 2015 and there were explosions and gunfire reported in the vicinity of the Sari Pan Pacific Hotel and Sarinah Plaza on Jalan Sudirman Thamrin, Jakarta in central Jakarta, Indonesia. You should avoid the affected area, limit your movements and follow the advice of local authorities. You should exercise caution when travelling to Aceh, Central Sulawesi Province (especially Palu, Poso and Tentena), Maluku Province (especially Ambon), Papua and West Papua Province due to potential for violence or violent conflict. Clashes July 2014, resulted in the death of security service personnel and civilians in the Lanny Jaya regency of Papua…
    Written on Thursday, 14 January 2016 06:42 in iPMI Magazine Travel Warnings and Intelligence
  • Turkey Travel Warning: Explosion In The Sultanahmet District Of Istanbul
    12 January 2016 and there has been an explosion in the Sultanahmet district of Istanbul. If you’re in the affected area you should follow the instructions of the local security authorities. On 30 December 2015, 2 men were detained in Ankara on suspicion of planning terrorist attacks. The terrorist group Teyre Azadiye Kurdistan has claimed responsibility for a mortar attack on Sabiha Gokcen airport in Istanbul while the airport was closed for the night on 23 December. The Turkish authorities have increased security measures at airports in Istanbul in response. There were 2 explosions near the main Ankara train station…
    Written on Tuesday, 12 January 2016 06:48 in iPMI Magazine Travel Warnings and Intelligence
  • Kenya Travel Advice: Heightened Personal Security During The Christmas Holiday Season
    The Kenyan authorities have advised heightened personal security during the Christmas holiday season; on 21 December 2015, the Kenyan Ministry of Interior and Co-ordination of National Government issued a public watch notice urging citizens to play a role in counter terrorism and prevention of criminal activities by being vigilant and reporting any suspicious activity, items and people. 117,000 British residents visited Kenya in 2014. International Private Medical Insurance For Kenya Take out comprehensive international private medical insurance before you travel to Kenya, to cover the cost of any medical treatment abroad or emergency repatriation and evacuation. Be sure to read…
    Written on Wednesday, 23 December 2015 15:32 in iPMI Magazine Travel Warnings and Intelligence
  • Turkey Travel Warning: Reports Of An Explosion At Sabiha Gokcen Airport
    Reports of an explosion at Sabiha Gokcen airport in Istanbul at around 2am on 23 December 2015; the circumstances of the incident are currently under investigation; the airport remains open. Over 2,500,000 British nationals visit Turkey every year. Visas British nationals need a visa to travel to Turkey, except for cruise ship passengers with ‘British Citizen’ passports who arrive at sea ports for tourist visits to the port city or nearby cities, provided that the visit doesn’t exceed 72 hours. If you’re visiting Turkey as a tourist or on business, get an e-Visa online before you travel. Only use the…
    Written on Wednesday, 23 December 2015 12:03 in iPMI Magazine Travel Warnings and Intelligence
  • Tunisia Travel Warning: State Of Emergency Has Been Extended For 2 Months
    State of emergency has been extended for 2 months from 24 December until 21 February 2016. Further attacks remain highly likely, including against foreigners. Security forces are on a high state of alert in Tunis and other locations. You should be especially vigilant and avoid crowded places over the holiday period, including around Mouled (24 December), Christmas and New Year. If you choose to travel to or remain in Tunisia then you should check that your insurance policy provides adequate cover. You should be especially vigilant and follow the advice of the Tunisian security authorities. There are no direct flights…
    Written on Wednesday, 23 December 2015 11:08 in iPMI Magazine Travel Warnings and Intelligence
  • USA Travel Advice: Changes To Visa Waiver Programme (VWP)
    18 December 2015 and the US Congress passed a Bill updating the requirements for the Visa Waiver Programme (VWP). Under the new rules, with effect from 1 April 2016, all travellers wishing to enter the US under the VWP will need to hold a passport with an integrated chip. Around 3.8 million British nationals visit the United States every year. Most visits are trouble free. Take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before you travel. The US Visa Waiver Programme (VWP) allows most British Citizen passport holders to visit the US for up to 90 days without a visa, but…
    Written on Tuesday, 22 December 2015 11:05 in iPMI Magazine Travel Warnings and Intelligence
  • Brazil Travel Warning: Cases Of Zika Virus Reported
    Cases of Zika virus have been reported in a number of states; you should take steps to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes. Take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before you travel to Brazil. Foreign nationals are entitled to emergency medical treatment in Brazilian public hospitals. Public hospitals in Brazil, especially in major cities, tend to be crowded. Private hospitals will not accept you unless you can present evidence of sufficient funds or insurance. Make sure you have adequate travel health insurance and accessible funds to cover the cost of any medical treatment abroad and repatriation. If you need emergency…
    Written on Monday, 14 December 2015 15:20 in iPMI Magazine Travel Warnings and Intelligence
  • Philippines Travel Warning: Typhoon Melor (Nona)
    Typhoon Melor (Nona) forecast to bring hazardous sea and weather conditions to parts of the country from 14 December 2015. Around 20 typhoons hit the Philippines each year. Most typhoons occur from June to December. There may be flooding and landslides. You should monitor the progress of approaching storms and follow the advice of the local authorities, including any evacuation orders. Typhoon Melor (Nona) is forecast to bring hazardous sea and weather conditions to parts of the country, in particular northern Visayas and southern Luzon, from 14 December. Around 133,665 British nationals visited the Philippines in 2014. Take out comprehensive…
    Written on Monday, 14 December 2015 12:26 in iPMI Magazine Travel Warnings and Intelligence
  • Lebanon Travel Security Warning: Explosions In Southern Suburb Area Beirut
    12 November 2015 and there were explosions in the southern suburb area of Beirut. Reports indicate that many people have been killed and injured. iPMIM advises against all travel to the southern suburbs of Beirut. Avoid this area and monitor local media for updates. On 10 January 2015, 9 people were killed and over 30 wounded in a suicide bomb attack in the Jebel Mohsen area of Tripoli. On 28 January 2015, there was an attack on the Israeli military in the Shebaa Farms area with reports of cross-border shelling near the towns of Majidiyeh, Kfarshouba, Abbasiye and Wazzani. A…
    Written on Friday, 13 November 2015 14:00 in iPMI Magazine Travel Warnings and Intelligence
  • iPMIM Advises Against All But Essential Travel By Air To Or From Sharm El Sheikh Airport
    Over 900,000 British nationals visit Egypt every year. Most visits are trouble-free. 31 October 2015, a flight from Sharm el Sheikh to St Petersburg crashed in North Sinai. Egyptian and Russian authorities are conducting an investigation. There is a significant possibility that the crash was caused by an explosive device. As a precautionary measure, we are now advising against all but essential travel by air to or from Sharm el Sheikh. UK carriers will not take passengers directly to Sharm el Sheikh airport. FCO are working with the Egyptian authorities and air carriers to put special security measures in place…
    Written on Thursday, 05 November 2015 07:39 in iPMI Magazine Travel Warnings and Intelligence
  • Philippines Travel Advice: Security Ramped Up For APEC Summit
    The Philippines hosts the Asia Pacific Economic Co-operation (APEC) summit in Manila on 16 to 20 November. There will be a heightened security presence across the city including at Ninoy Aquino International Airport. Scheduled road closures and security checkpoints will cause delays in travel across the city and many schools, government offices and businesses will be closed. If you are flying to or from Manila during this period check with your airline, as flight delays, diversions and cancellations may occur. Around 133,665 British nationals visited the Philippines in 2014. Most visits are trouble-free. Take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance…
    Written on Monday, 02 November 2015 14:14 in iPMI Magazine Travel Warnings and Intelligence
  • Egypt Travel Advice
    31 October 2015, a flight from Sharm el Sheikh to St Petersburg crashed in North Sinai; Egyptian and Russian authorities are conducting an investigation. Over 900,000 British nationals visit Egypt every year. Most visits are trouble-free. Parliamentary elections are scheduled to take place from 18 October to 23 November. There may be rallies around the country in the run up to the elections. You should avoid all rallies and demonstrations. On election days tight controls will be in place around polling stations with access restricted to voters and officially accredited observers. In previous elections British nationals have been arrested close…
    Written on Monday, 02 November 2015 11:20 in iPMI Magazine Travel Warnings and Intelligence
  • UK FCO: Concerns About Quality Of Medical Treatment In Holiday Resorts In Egypt
    The South Sinai Hospital in Sharm el Sheikh is currently under investigation by the Egyptian Ministry of Health; there are alternative state and private hospitals in Sharm el Sheikh. You can find a list of most commonly used hospitals in Egypt on the British Embassy website. In an emergency dial 123 and ask for an ambulance. You should contact your travel company and your insurance/medical assistance company promptly if you are referred to a medical facility for treatment. There are reports of some hotel doctors overcharging for treatment and medicines. Examine your bill closely and challenge excessive charges. Pharmacies outside…
    Written on Monday, 05 October 2015 11:21 in iPMI Magazine Travel Warnings and Intelligence
  • Tajikistan Travel Warning: Armed Clashes Involving Security Forces Resulting In A Number Of Deaths Reported Close To Dushanbe International Airport
    4 September, armed clashes involving security forces resulting in a number of deaths were reported close to Dushanbe International Airport. Tajik authorities are investigating and there is an increased security presence in the area. Given the possibility of further incidents, you should take extra care and monitor the local media. Tourism, health and transport infrastructure is poor and travel requires careful planning. Avoid off-road areas immediately adjoining the Afghan, Uzbek and Kyrgyz borders, which may be mined. Take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance including evacuation by air ambulance before you travel.
    Written on Friday, 04 September 2015 10:56 in iPMI Magazine Travel Warnings and Intelligence
  • International Trains From Budapest Have Been Suspended Until Further Notice
    International trains from Budapest Keleti train station have been suspended until further notice due to disruption. Monitor the local media, and check with your carrier and the Hungarian Railways (MÁV) website for further information. Since the end of August 2015 there has been considerable disruption to rail and road transport from Budapest to the Austrian border. This is due to police and border enforcement action as a result of significant numbers of people seeking to transit through Hungary. Around 400,000 British nationals visit Hungary each year. Take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before you travel.
    Written on Friday, 04 September 2015 10:53 in iPMI Magazine Travel Warnings and Intelligence
  • India Travel Warning: Flood Warnings For Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Assam And West Bengal
    A flood warning has been issued to Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Assam and West Bengal due to the possibility of heavy rainfall in the foothills of the Himalayas over the next few days. The rainfall will also lead to swelling of rivers Kosi, Gandak and Ghaghara, tributaries of Ganga and all tributaries of Brahmaputra. You should monitor local and international weather updates from the Indian Meteorological Department and follow the advice of local authorities and your travel company. Over 800,000 British nationals visit India every year. Before you travel to India, take out comprehensive medical and travel insurance and read the…
    Written on Wednesday, 19 August 2015 06:20 in iPMI Magazine Travel Warnings and Intelligence
  • Travel Advice Thailand
    A bomb exploded at 7pm on 17 August 2015 at the Ratchprasong intersection next to the Erawan shrine in central Bangkok. The police have confirmed casualties, including the death of a British national. Take out comprehensive medical and travel insurance before you travel to Thailand. In the aftermath of the bombing in Bangkok be sure to double check your insurance plan coverage. There are reports of a further small explosion on 18 August near the Saphan Taksin Sky Train station in central Bangkok. There are no reports of casualties. The British Embassy is in contact with local authorities. You should…
    Written on Wednesday, 19 August 2015 06:15 in iPMI Magazine Travel Warnings and Intelligence
  • VIDEO: Motorcycle Bomb Rocks Tourist Area Bangkok - At Least 16 Dead
    Local police have confirmed a bomb explosion at 7pm on 17 August 2015 in central Bangkok. Motorcycle bomb exploded in a commercial center killing at least 16 people. More than 80 others have been injured, local media reported. Take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before you travel.
    Written on Monday, 17 August 2015 16:00 in iPMI Magazine Travel Warnings and Intelligence
  • Greece Travel Advice: Advice On Taking Cash To Greece
    Take out comprehensive medical and travel insurance before you travel to Greece. The currency of Greece is the euro. When travelling outside of the UK, you should take more than one means of payment with you (cash, debit card, credit card). Visitors to Greece should be aware of the possibility that banking services – including credit card processing and servicing of ATMs – throughout Greece could potentially become limited at short notice. Make sure you have enough Euros in cash to cover emergencies, unforeseen circumstances and any unexpected delays. There are regular strikes. These are sometimes called at short notice…
    Written on Monday, 29 June 2015 06:21 in iPMI Magazine Travel Warnings and Intelligence
  • Travel Warning Tunisia: Gunmen Attack 2 Tourist Hotels In Tunisia
    Gunmen attacked the Imperial Hotel and Hotel Club Riu Bellevue at Port El Kantaoui, near Sousse, earlier today. 28 people have been reported killed and injured. A British Embassy crisis team is on its way to the area. Some attackers may still be at large. Any British nationals in these hotels or nearby should remain indoors, and contact their tour operator and the Foreign Office on the hotline number below. For security reasons they should not advertise their location on social media or when speaking to journalists. Two gunmen armed with Kalashnikov rifles reportedly penetrated a private beach area and…
    Written on Friday, 26 June 2015 13:47 in iPMI Magazine Travel Warnings and Intelligence
  • Travel Advice Egypt: Reports Of An Attack In Luxor
    There are reports of an attack in Luxor. The British Embassy in Cairo is urgently seeking further information. If you’re a British national and you need assistance, call the British Embassy on 02 2791 6000 and select ‘Consular Assistance’. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advise against all travel to: the Governorate of North Sinai due to the significant increase in criminal activity and continued terrorist attacks on police and security forces that have resulted in deaths The FCO advise against all but essential travel to: the Governorate of South Sinai, with the exception of the area within the Sharm…
    Written on Wednesday, 10 June 2015 10:28 in iPMI Magazine Travel Warnings and Intelligence
  • Philippines Travel Advice Typhoon Hagupit
    Typhoon Hagupit (locally named ‘Ruby’) reached the island of Samar in central Philippines on 6 December. Its strong winds and heavy rains have caused significant damage to parts of Samar and Bicol regions. Several towns and cities in the Eastern and Northern Samar provinces remain inaccessible, as fallen debris and landslide blocked access roads. Power supplies in the track of the typhoon have experienced significant outages. Mobile networks, telephone and internet communications have also suffered outages and cannot be 100% relied upon. Airports in the Eastern Visayas region have been heavily disrupted and/or closed. Check with your airline or travel…
    Written on Monday, 08 December 2014 09:17 in iPMI Magazine Travel Warnings and Intelligence
  • Update On Ebola Outbreak
    Healix is closely monitoring the current outbreak of Ebola and is sending regular updates and advice to our clients as the outbreak continues. The government of Australia has announced new immigration controls intended to protect public health, which include: no longer approving visa applications from the West Africa Ebola-affected countries; mandatory three week quarantine process prior to travel to Australia of holders of permanent Australia visas; and additional screening and follow-up checks upon arrival in Australia. The announcement has been met with surprise from the Australian Medical Association, which views the risk of the disease entering Australia through a migrant…
    Written on Wednesday, 29 October 2014 07:03 in iPMI Magazine Travel Warnings and Intelligence
  • Hong Kong Travel Advice
    Protests continue outside the Central Government Offices (CGO) and Legislative Council building in the Admiralty district of Hong Kong as well as in Central, Causeway Bay and Mongkok. This has led to disruption to traffic and public transport services. The number of protestors is down from previous levels. Road closures in these areas are causing disruption to local transport including some bus services. The MTR (underground) is operating normally. Public services, including schools, are also returning to normal levels. You should avoid all demonstrations, and monitor local media and transport company websites for information about route changes or station closures.…
    Written on Tuesday, 07 October 2014 00:00 in iPMI Magazine Travel Warnings and Intelligence
  • Mexico Travel Warning: Hurricane Odile - British Nationals Advised To Leave Via Aeropuerto Internacional De Los Cabos International Airport (SJD)
    Hurricane Odile has affected parts of Baja California and Baja California Sur. British Nationals in the affected area are advised to leave via Aeropuerto Internacional de Los Cabos International airport (SJD). Please go with the expectation of a potentially long wait; the airport is crowded. We recommend travelling with basic provisions of food and water where possible. There are reports of looting and gang violence on the streets of downtown San José del Cabo. Exercise caution when transiting to the airport. Monitor local media and follow the guidance of local authorities. 363,142 British nationals visited Mexico in 2012. Most visits…
    Written on Friday, 19 September 2014 07:10 in iPMI Magazine Travel Warnings and Intelligence
  • Sierra Leone Travel Warning: EBOLA Update - House To House Governmental Visit Programme Declared 19-21 September 2014
    General medical facilities throughout Sierra Leone are currently under severe strain due to the Ebola outbreak, and unable to provide the same standard of healthcare as in the UK. Dedicated healthcare facilities for Ebola are overwhelmed. Many medical facilities expect to be paid up-front. On 30 July, President Koroma declared a State of Public Emergency. Measures include restriction of movement to and from affected areas, with some exemptions for NGO and health workers. You should confirm with your organisation whether you’ll be exempt from these restrictions. Further measures have also been announced recently. From 07 August a nationwide ban on…
    Written on Thursday, 18 September 2014 15:53 in iPMI Magazine Travel Warnings and Intelligence
  • Turkey Travel Warning: Car Bomb Explosion 1km South Bab Al-Salameh Border Between Turkey And Syria
    On the 16th September 2014, there was a car bomb explosion near a garage in Al-Salameh, Syria, 1km south of the Bab Al-Salameh border crossing point between Turkey and Syria. Take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before you travel. Over 2,500,000 British nationals visit Turkey every year. Most visits are trouble-free. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office advise against all travel to the towns of Akḉakale and Ceylanpinar and against all but essential travel to areas within 10km of Turkey’s border with Syria. The FCO advise against all but essential travel to the provinces of Hakkari, Sirnak, Siirt and Tunceli.…
    Written on Wednesday, 17 September 2014 00:00 in iPMI Magazine Travel Warnings and Intelligence
  • Argentina Travel Advice: Trade Union Strikes 28 August Expected To Affect Some Public Transport And Public Services
    A number of trade unions in Argentina have indicated they will strike on Thursday 28 August. Strikes are expected to affect some public transport and public services. Some roads may be blocked. National and international flights are likely to be affected. You are advised to check with your airline if you have flights booked for 28 August. You are advised to stay away from any area where a large number of people are congregating during this time, and to monitor local media and follow the guidance of local authorities. Most visits to Argentina are trouble-free, but you should keep a…
    Written on Wednesday, 27 August 2014 00:00 in iPMI Magazine Travel Warnings and Intelligence
  • Israel Travel Advice: US And Some European Airlines To Suspend Flights To Ben Gurion Airport For 24 hours
    UK FCO advise against all travel to Gaza. The British Information and Services Office in Gaza is closed until further notice. The FCO can no longer offer any consular assistance in Gaza. The FCO arranged an assisted departure of British nationals and their dependants from Gaza on 13 July and a further assisted departure took place on 20 July. The FCO can’t guarantee that there will be further opportunities for assisted departure from Gaza. On 22 July the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) instructed US carriers to suspend flights to Ben Gurion airport in Tel Aviv for 24 hours. Lufthansa,…
    Written on Wednesday, 23 July 2014 05:46 in iPMI Magazine Travel Warnings and Intelligence
  • France Travel Advice: Demonstrations Planned 23rd And 26th July 2014
    Demonstrations linked to the situation in Gaza are planned in Paris, Lyon, Lille and Marseille on Wednesday 23 and Saturday 26 July. Other demonstrations may take place at other times across France. Most demonstrations to date have passed off peacefully. However, during demonstrations in the Paris region on 13, 19 and 20 July, protestors threw projectiles at the security forces. There were a number of arrests and 2 synagogues were attacked. If you see groups of protestors or security forces gathering, you should take extra care, leave the area and follow the advice of the local authorities. If you’re travelling…
    Written on Tuesday, 22 July 2014 14:29 in iPMI Magazine Travel Warnings and Intelligence