Dangers & Annoyances
Sensible precautions should be taken, such as avoiding poorly lit streets after dark and not displaying your valuables. When in doubt, hailing a tuk-tuk is an easy (and cheap) answer. Women may expect a bit more attention if walking alone through the Old Town. Two pickpocketing and bag-snatching hotspots are the junction of Jomo Kenyatta Ave and Mwembe Tayari Rd – the departure point for many buses and matatus (minibuses) – and the Likoni ferry, which tends to get jam-packed.
Security in Mombasa
Although most of the sporadic attacks linked to the al-Qaeda affiliate Al-Shabaab affected sections of Nairobi – the biggest being the attack at Westgate Mall in September 2013 – Mombasa and the south coast have borne the brunt of the effect on tourism. Following two small-scale bomb blasts that killed four people at a bus station and a hotel in May 2014, several countries, including the UK, USA and Australia, issued warnings against travelling to Mombasa island and sections of the coast between Mtwapa Creek in the north and Tiwi in the south. While the warnings had all been rescinded at research time, tourism in Mombasa and along the coast was still affected by the apprehension and fear of violent outbreaks that accompanied the close and bitterly contested national election.
Entry & Exit Formalities
Mombasa Immigration Office Get your visa extensions here.
Outside business hours you can change money at most major hotels, although rates are usually poor. ATMs can be found everywhere and nearly all accept international credit and debit cards.
Fort Jesus Forex Bureau Currency exchange.
Standard Chartered Bank With ATM.
There is currently no tourist information office in Mombasa. Hotels, travel agencies and your fellow travellers are your best bet for up-to-date travel information about the city and its surroundings.