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Kenya Public Announcement

Issued by U.S. Department of State

Jan 31, 2008

This Travel Alert is being issued to warn American citizens of the security situation following disputed elections in Kenya.  U.S. citizens should strongly consider the risks of travel to Kenya at this time.  The Travel Alert also advises American citizens that on January 30, 2008, the Department of State authorized non-emergency personnel and family members to relocate from Kisumu to Nairobi. 

U.S. citizens should avoid all travel to the cities of Kisumu, Nakuru and Naivasha, and defer all non-essential travel to the remaining portions of Nyanza, Western, and Rift Valley provinces.  The situation in Kenya is volatile and subject to change on short notice.  U.S. citizens should monitor U.S. Embassy Nairobis website at http://kenya.usembassy.gov for the latest security information.  This Travel Alert updates the January 11, 2008 Travel Alert, supplements the October 18, 2007 Kenya Travel Warning, and expires February 29, 2008.

Although widespread violence, demonstrations, and looting have subsided, a recent outbreak of protests in Nairobi and violent civil unrest in Kisumu, Nakuru, and Naivasha demonstrates the potential for spontaneous violence in the current political climate. Several official Americans have been temporarily relocated from Kisumu to Nairobi. Americans in Kenya should be prepared for a large police presence and potential outbreaks of hostile clashes between police and demonstrators, and between rival groups of demonstrators.  International and domestic airports are operating normally, but this may change on short notice. 

Road travel in western Kenya remains unsafe.  Sporadic illegal road blocks by gangs or criminal elements may make travel possible only with police escorted convoys.  American citizens are strongly reminded that even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can become violent.  Americans should therefore avoid all demonstrations, protests and large public gatherings.

American citizens who travel to Kenya despite this Travel Alert and the Travel Warning for Kenya should register with the U.S. Embassy at https://travelregistration.state.gov, as well as monitor the U.S. Embassy website at http://kenya.usembassy.gov for updates on this volatile situation.

As the Department continues to develop information on any potential security threats to U.S. citizens overseas, it shares credible threat information through its Consular Information Program documents, available on the Internet at http://travel.state.gov.  Travelers may also obtain up-to-date information on security conditions by calling 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the U.S. and Canada or outside the U.S. and Canada on a regular toll line at 1-202-501-4444.

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