VISITORS to Kenya should avoid North Eastern Province, the Tana River district of Coast Province and the Isiolo and Marsabit districts of Eastern Province (apart from the Samburu Games Reserve), says the Foreign Office's Travel Advice Unit (071-270 4129). Traffic on the Malindi/Garsen/Lamu road is vulnerable to attack and the road should not be used, says the FO.

'Exercise common prudence everywhere, but especially in the main urban centres, when travelling after dark and in isolated places. Do not go about Nairobi or coastal towns on foot at night and avoid empty beaches. Muggings can take place anywhere. Armed car hijackings are prevalent in the Nairobi area.'