Kenya Public Announcement
Issued by US Department of State
May 15, 2003
This Public Announcement is being updated to provide additional information
regarding potential terrorist activities in Kenya. It also reiterates the
Department of State's continuing concern about the possible heightened risks
to American citizens and interests in Kenya. This Public Announcement
supersedes the Public Announcement of March 14, 2003 and expires on
September 12, 2003.
The Department recommends that Americans defer all non-essential travel to
Kenya at this time. 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.
On November 28, 2002, there was a car bomb attack on a hotel near Mombasa,
Kenya, in which 15 people were killed, and an unsuccessful attempt to shoot
down an Israeli charter plane departing Mombasa on the same day. The threat
to aircraft by terrorists using shoulder-fired missiles continues in Kenya,
to include Nairobi. These incidents have highlighted the continuing threat
posed by terrorism in East Africa and the capacity of terrorist groups to
carry out attacks. 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, American commercial interests, and other sites where
westerners are known to congregate.
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.
Americans residing in and visiting Kenya are especially advised to
reconsider non-essential travel to the coastal region.
U.S. citizens planning to travel to Kenya should consult the Department of
State's Consular Information Sheet for Kenya, the East Africa Public
Announcement and the most recent Worldwide Caution Public Announcement,
which are available via the Internet at http://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, where they may obtain updated information on travel and
security within Kenya. Security updates are e-mailed to all registered
Americans on a monthly basis. American citizens may complete a registration
form on-line at http://usembassy.state.gov/nairobi/wwwhcon3.html or may
request one by email at: [email protected]
American citizens living or traveling in Kenya may call the U.S. Embassy in
Nairobi at 363-6000 during normal business hours; after-hours phone numbers
are 537-809 and 0722-514-246.