Kenya Travel Warning
Issued by U.S. Department of State
Oct 01, 2003
This Travel Warning is being issued to inform American citizens that
the Department of State has lifted the authorized departure status of
non-emergency employees and family members at the U.S. Embassy in Nairobi,
Kenya. However, the Department continues to alert U.S. citizens to ongoing
safety and security concerns in Kenya. This supersedes the Travel Warning of
May 16, 2003.
The Department of State has rescinded the authorized departure of
non-emergency employees and family members of the U.S. Embassy in Kenya.
However, due to ongoing security concerns, the Department continues to urge
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 continues to receive 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
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 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, or 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 http://usembassy.state.gov/nairobi/wwwhcon3.html 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 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.