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FCO lifts travel ban on Lamu


Kenya’s tourism industry has welcomed the removal of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) travel advisory for Lamu Island and Manda Island on the 9th of March, 2017 by the UK Government. Both areas are now open for access by air via Manda Airstrip. Airlines serving this airport include Air Kenya, SafariLink, Fly 540 and JamboJet from Nairobi, and Mombasa Air Safari from Mombasa.

“This latest announcement means visitors to Kenya have the opportunity to visit this unspoilt area of the coastline, including the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Lamu Old Town, the oldest and best-preserved Swahili settlement in East Africa,” says Kenya Tourism Board (KTB) Chairman, Mr. Jimi Kariuki.

Kenya’s coastline offers 500km of tranquil Indian Ocean beaches and the announcement expands the current coastal product offering. Other popular areas of Kenya’s coastline include:

North Coast:1 Mombasa Island, Nyali Beach, Bamburi Beach, Shanzu Beach, Mtwapa, Kakambala, Vipingo, Kilifi, Watamu, Malindi

South Coast: Shelly Beach, Tiwi Beach, Diani Beach, Galu Beach, Kinondo Beach, Msambweni Beach, Shimoni Beach, Wasini Island, Funzi Island

The following airports offer access points onto the Kenya coast:
Moi International Airport (Mombasa)
Malindi Airport (for travel to Malindi and Watamu)
Ukunda / Diani Airport (for Diani and resorts further south to the Tanzanian border)
Manda Airstrip (for travel to Lamu Island)