Kenya Travel Warning
Issued by US Department of State
May 19, 2003
This Travel Warning is being issued to alert Americans to increased security
concerns in Kenya. The Department of State has authorized the departure of
family members and non-emergency personnel at the U.S. Embassy in Kenya on a
voluntary basis. This supersedes the Public Announcement of May 14, 2003.
Due to increased security concerns, the Department of State has authorized
the voluntary departure of family members and non-emergency personnel at the
U.S. Embassy in Kenya. The Department warns Americans to defer all
non-essential travel to Kenya at this time. The Department recommends that
private American citizens in Kenya evaluate their personal security
situation in light of the current terrorist threat and consider departure
from the country as one option to ensure their safety.
The U.S. Government has received indications of terrorist threats in the
region aimed at American and western interests, including civil aviation.
The government of Kenya might not be able to prevent such attacks. One
major airline has suspended service to Kenya.
The threat to aircraft by terrorists using shoulder-fired missiles continues
in Kenya, including Nairobi. Terrorism poses a continuing threat in East
Africa. Terrorist actions may include suicide operations, bombings, or
kidnappings. U.S. citizens should be aware of the risk of indiscriminate
attacks on civilian targets in public places including tourist sites and
locations where westerners are known to congregate, as well as commercial
operations associated with U.S. or western interests.
American citizens in Kenya should remain vigilant, particularly in public
places frequented by foreigners such as hotels, shopping malls, restaurants,
and should also avoid demonstrations and large crowds. In particular, there
is an increased threat against westerners in the capital, Nairobi, and the
U.S. citizens who remain in Kenya despite this Travel Warning should consult
the Department of State's Consular Information Sheet for Kenya, the East
Africa Public Announcement, and the Worldwide Caution Public Announcement,
which are available via the Internet at travel.state.gov. American citizens
may obtain up-to-date information on security conditions by calling
1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States, and 317-472-2328 from
U.S. citizens visiting or resident in Kenya are encouraged to register with
the U.S. Embassy. Security updates are e-mailed to all registered Americans
monthly. American citizens may complete a registration form on-line at
http://usembassy.state.gov/nairobi/wwwhcon3.html or may request one by email
American citizens living or traveling in Kenya may contact the U.S. Embassy
in Nairobi at 363-6000 during normal business hours; after-hours phone
numbers are 363-6170 and 0722-514-246.