Kenya Insurance – do you need specialist cover?
16 May 2014
Hundreds of British tourists are being evacuated from Kenya, due to warnings of terrorist attacks by the militant group al-Shabab.
According to BBC security correspondent Frank Gardner, the authorities have “obviously picked up some kind of inside information, probably from an informant, or intercepted signals intelligence that al-Shabab are planning to carry out some kind of attack inside Kenya. Not necessarily directed at British citizens, but westerners have always been a target of theirs."
In the light of this heightened security alert and current Foreign and Commonwealth advice, anyone travelling or working here should check their Kenya insurance to ensure that they are still covered in the event of terrorism. Specialist insurance might be a sensible precaution.
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office has advised against all but essential travel to Mombasa city, parts of Nairobi, and popular tourist destinations. The key route from coastal resorts to Mombassa is thought to be under particular threat, so holidaymakers have been evacuated along it by armed convoys.
Although many parts of the country, including its famed safari destinations, are not included in the latest FCO advice, Kenya is increasingly being viewed as a difficult, if not dangerous, travel destination, due to the activities of al-Shabab.
Last month they claimed responsibility for two bus bombings in Nairobi that left three people dead and 80 wounded. And last September 67 people died when members of the group stormed the Westgate Shopping Centre.
We are currently seeing more business people opting for specialist kidnap and ransom insurance, particularly those working for high profile firms or working in areas where al-Shabab is known to be active.
If you have any concerns about Kenya insurance for your employees or an individual trip, please feel free to contact our experienced team on +44 (0) 1242 584 558.