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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 churches, and should also avoid demonstrations and large crowds. In particular, there is an increased threat against westerners in the capital, Nairobi, and the coastal region.

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 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 overseas.

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 or may request one by email at:

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.

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